Oh my god, it's photography!

I just got done with the first image of about 40 (which could change as I cut even more photos out as I always do at this stage in the game... a little, backwards, I know...) and I had a strange moment... I was actually *proud* of myself!  XD

I looked at the finished image and declared to my sleeping cat, who could've cared less, "Oh my god, it's photography!"

I'm aware of what a strange thing that is to say, but it's what came out.  Don't judge me.

As some of you may be well aware of, I started taking on the task of learning what I'd like to call "People-off-stage" photography.  Some of you call it portraiture... however, I'm still not entirely convinced that's what I'm producing.  But either way... they're photographs of people *not* performing on a stage, and that is, while no longer a new phenomena as far as I'm concerned, it's still viewed by some as "different for me".

I have done several shoots involving "People-off-stage", but I haven't, until today been overtly proud of myself for my work.  I'm sure this feeling will wear off the more I edit this set and grow weary and once again shout at my indifferent feline, "Where's the end?! I need it to be the end!" - or maybe it'll happen in a few weeks (more like days), when I look back at this shot and think to myself "I thought *that* was *good*?" - BUT, for right now, I just can't contain myself any longer and I must share with you the product of hours of my toiling over a keyboard, and mouse in front of a computer monitor that I'm surprised hasn't sent me it's notice of retirement yet...

While it may be pre-mature, as I don't usually like showing off individual photos until the entire set is done (which is why so much time always passes between posts here), I couldn't get a hold of the model in the photo so I could gush over my accomplishments... so that pleasure gets passed onto all of you!

And with *that*... here is Image 1 of Christine N. amongst the ruins of what used to be a big furnace...uh... place.  Yeah.

Some of you are looking at that thinking, "So what?  I don't get it?  What's so special about that?"

Probably absolutely nothing.  But compared to what it is to where I came from, it's a lot to me.

I've been trying to come up with a PP (Post Processing for you non-photogs following) style that I like for a while, and while it's probably going to evolve a few more (hundred) times, I actually really like what I've done.  It took several different shoots and HOURS upon hours to get here... which is one of the reasons I'm so proud of myself currently.

The other reason, again, is just comparing the shoot in general to what the first ones I did were like... I feel like I've made vast improvements (and I am NOT full of myself at all... I'm quite modest and my hardest critic when it comes to my work, but I can also acknowledge my own achievements).

That being said... feel free to knock me down a peg or two.  XD  Critique only makes one better in the end... ^_^