|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Seeing Mike's entry into the Friday Theme for 5/15/09 here reminded me that I had taken this photo earlier this month. I assigned a challenge to my photo group to take a self-portrait. I originally took a straight-ahead headshot, but didn't like it, so I started playing around.|
I had a hot lamp to the right, a speedlight with a Gary Fong diffuser to the left, and a reflector just behind the left-most position to push light back onto the books.
I took three shots on a tripod, stacked the min photoshop, and masked out each layer to reveal the figures beneath.
As I said on my Flickr feed, had I known ahead of time that I was going to do this, I might have dressed for the occaision.
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Excellent job on this comp! I love the lighting. Makes it look like a library and not a study.
The only thing I would change about this is the way you relate to yourself in the photo. The "you" in the middle of the comp should be looking up from your book with a shocked expression in reaction to the "you" that is stalking you in the middle. That would make the scene more credible.
The way it is now the viewer can assume that the you in the middle is deaf and has no peripheral vision.
Hi Scott, very cool composition. The lighting is great and I like the different images all stitched together. I agree with Michael the "you" in the middle would be great if he was looking up. On the other hand some people are just oblivious to their surroundings when they get their head in a book, so maybe that is the message. You and Michael have fun with your photography and I must say he has motivated me in that direction as well. I've enjoyed looking at your work; keep posting. Best wishes for the holidays to you and Liz! Sorry I didn't see you when you were here.