The other day I went to the local camera shop to purchase an umbrella. When I got it home and opened it up, it looked like this:

Well that certainly threw me off because I thought I had grabbed a normal silver reflective umbrella... but I decided to give it a try anyway. I mean... it *was* already opened. ;)

I took a bunch of self-portraits to test it out, and after all was said and done I didn't like how warm and... orangey... it made my skin look, so I am going to return it. But I thought I'd share one of the shots I came away with after my experiments.

I'm getting mixed reviews about it, but I'm going to share anyway. ^_^

Ode to the Duckface!

I wasn't going to post this, but something someone said to me, felt almost like a challenge to do so. It wasn't. But I got the thought "Hey wait... people really think I'm that stiff? Seriously?" XD Well I'm not.

I introduce to you a small glimpse at my silly side! ^_^

Once upon a time, on a married life (for lack of a better description) forum, someone made mention of the "Duck Face".

Well, I'll admit... I had NO idea what that was. Then they pointed me in the direction of this website:

"OOOOOOOH! The *DUCK*face!"

A few more words were exchanged about it and I got the idea to start a joke thread paying homage to this amazing photographic trend!

And thus it were so.

I started the thread and many of the girls volunteered their duckfaces! Now, I thought that most of them would have to run and grab their camera to snap one off, never having done it before... but I was wrong. Only one girl, besides myself had never fell into this trend and had to create one on the spot... everyone else shared links (several at a time) off of their Facebook profiles! Haha! (Well... okay... I thought it was funny. :P )

Now, *I* personally have never partaken in the glory that is the duckface before, so I had to create my photograph from scratch.

What a perfect time to break out the radio trigger and find out (a month after buying the damned trigger) if I could use it to control the lights I have access to... Well it worked!


...and then my camera died. :( Sad day.

But before the camera died, I was able to snap off this gem... Now brace yourselves... the sex appeal may be too much for you to handle... I hear the duckface has that affect on people...

Ladies and gentlemen... I present to you...

DUCKFACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps... if anyone knows how to control font size on Wordpress and wants to be kind enough to share........... I'd love to know how! XD

Post Process Madness!

Alright, so on Monday I have a shoot with one of my best friends and her fiance.  She wants to get some shots for their Save the Date cards. She already has an idea in mind, so we'll give that a shot as well as whatever else we come up with.  Her idea was to have 3 panels on the card.  The first panel would be a black and white shot with selective coloring; her fiance will be painting her hair yellow.  The second panel will be selective coloring as well, with her painting her fiance's tie green.  The third panel will be full color with wording that says something along the lines of:  "Now we are complete".

I know how much "normal" photographers hate selective coloring, but this is my friends wedding and I'm going with the thought of, "She can have whatever she wants" as a result... and in this case, with the sequence, I think the idea of selective coloring goes well.  Sure, it might be cheesy... but it's a wedding Save the Date card... they're always cheesy... she just wants her cheese to be a little more unique (to her standards) ^_^

Now there's a catch to this...

While she was describing this to me she mentioned a certain look to everything... she had me image google "A Scanner Darkly".

Oh great.

I believe the words "You're killing me woman" may have escaped my mouth XD

So, after declaring that I was by no means, a photoshop wizard, I set off to find out what the *HELL* that affect is and how it's done.

Turns out it can be done 1 of 2 ways...

1.  Vector Art. - The problem with this is that I don't have a graphics tablet so drawing *anything* accurately would be difficult... not to mention... holy work load!  Seems like something fun to try later on... but... that's just not going to happen right now.

2.  "A Scanner Darkly" Photoshop Filter Plug-in - The problem with this is that... well... I don't have Photoshop.  XD  I'm running GIMP at the moment, and from what I can tell... there is no plug-in equivalent to that for GIMP.

So while I was bored yesterday, I decided to attempt to try and create an effect as close to the "Scanner Darkly" effect as possible.

I posturized, sharpened, blurred, applied an oily filter, layers and masks... layers and masks...

Took a while, but this is what I came up with:


Self Portrait
A Scanner Darkly Effect


So what'da'ya think?  Close?  Nah, probably not... it's not cartoony enough... but... who knows.  I'll show her and if she digs it, great... if not... I suppose I'll just have to hand the files over and let her roomie do it for them.

(A Real) Self-Portrait

Self Portrait

I must have forgotten to post this before... This is from 2 weeks or so back... I was messing around with some...different...kind of portrait lighting and when that turned out to be an epic failure, I turned 90 degrees to my left, turning my back away from my makeshift backdrop and towards the mess seen here in the background. Then I fought with camera focus (I *still* didn't nail it), because I don't own a trigger yet... BUT...

...This is the result of my *very first* self-portrait using my beloved T2i :D