Photography Challenge – Day 1 – Self Portrait

Today marks the start of my Photography Challenge I blogged about a few days ago. I have actually been dreading this first assignment ever since deciding to do this specific challenge. It is a self portrait. eek!!! I had a baby 3 months ago and although I am working pretty hard at getting back to my pre-baby weight I am not there yet.  So needless to say self portraits are the last thing I want to be doing right now. However it will be nice to see if in 30 days (when I have to do a self portrait again) I will be able to notice a difference.

These two photos were taken within 1-2 hours of each other, in the middle of the day between 1-3 pm (time of the day was not perfect but it’s difficult to really time these things, there are only a few minutes in the day when it’s not all about the kids). 🙂

The first photo I took inside my house mounted camera on a gorillapod  and used my remote control to take the shot. I took quite a few of them and only liked one enough to post. Unfortunately I need to study up on how to take good self portraits and I am not refering to my composition, but to the settings on my camera.

Nikon D90 50mm f/5.0 1/100 sec ISO 250 edited to black and white I preferred this choice because oftoo many shadows and a bit over exposed on one side of my face.

Ok photo #2, I took while out on a walk with a very good friend of mine. I will definitely be doing a post about this walk as I took some beautiful scenic photos that I want to share. But onto the photo and my critique – I cropped it a lot as i wanted to remove my hand and the remote control. I’m not sure why but it only worked from one angle and it was such a pain to take the photos. The shot is slightly overexposed on the right side of my face and again I chose to go with black and white as I feel it is more forgiving and  because of this big black shirt that I am wearing (what was I thinking) it stood out way too much in the raw file.

Nikon D90 35mm f/3.5 1/1250sec ISO 200 disclosure: As I didn't have a tripod with me on this walk I set up my settings and had my camera set for the remote control but I did have my friend hold the camera for me.

I’m doing this challenge so that I can get more practice with shooting in manual and although I really enjoy this, I realize that I spend a lot of time thinking about the settings on the camera and sometimes end up missing the shot. I wander if sports photographers shoot in manual? I don’t think I would be able to do that and be successful…

Well if you would like to join me on this journey please feel free to get the prompts here and leave me a comment that you are doing this with me.




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