Day 30 – Self



Of all the days to take a self-portrait of myself, it would be Patriot’s Day for 5th graders at Will’s school.  I am generally extremely camera shy, so you can imagine my horror at taking a shot of myself in my terrifyingly unflattering milkmaid-without-a-cow costume.  I did wear more period appropriate footwear initially, but it doesn’t take me long to revert back to my flip fops in Texas, even at the end of November.  It’s been a great day though, taking portraits of 90 ten and eleven year olds proved to be tiring but very rewarding.  My blog will be brief as Will and Jack both now have flag football practices, and then Will has an evening reception for Patriot’s Day.  Despite some of the trials and tribulations, I’ve loved every minute of this challenge with Bonnie and I’m looking forward to our next photographic adventure.  Watch this space…!

Taken at 3:45 in the afternoon in the hallway of our house, I had to turn on the light in the dining room to brighten up the area.  ISO 1250, shutter speed 1/50, and aperture f/1.4 all set to let in as much light as possible.

In Lightroom 4, I reduced the temperature a little because of the cast from the dining room lighting.  I also increased the contrast, clarity, and sharpening, and decreased the highlights.  Finally I cropped the image a little.



Yep, that’s me.  And I’m sending you all a ‘cheers’ with my venti salted caramel hot chocolate!   It’s our final day of iphoneography vs. the fifty and I’d like to thank you for stopping by.

As I have mentioned before, I am not a huge fan of iphoneography when photographing people, especially with the bad lighting I had today (cloudy and snowy again, but I’m not complaining).  Too much editing on a face just looks fake to me and I wasn’t looking for anything ‘artsy’ with this one.  So, it has more noise then I would like, but it will do.   I simply cropped in snapseed and framed in pixlromatic

I hope to see you back in a couple of weeks, when Alex and I take on the ’12 days of Christmas’ 😉 Stay tuned….


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ~ Dorothea Lange


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