Photo Friday: 35

This week I decided to do a quick self portrait.

Black and White and (lots of!) Gray

Black and White and (lots of!) Gray

This time I had two challenges. First was getting my eyes into sharper focus, as the camera kept finding my goatee and knuckles first. Second I tweaked the aperture to properly blur the background, as well as positioned myself to block out the bulk of the shapes behind me.

Two things will make this easier in the future:

First, tracking down the software so I can tether the camera to my laptop. That will help nail down the focus instead of having to do so many test shots (and having to reset the camera between each). Second, I need to find a proper backdrop. I tried having my wife hold my open gi jacket, and while it obscured the background it introduced its own folds and shadows. Our blankets, etc., have patterns, so they wouldn’t have done any good. A simple white cloth and a simple black cloth will probably provide plenty of versatility in the future.

The Photo Friday shots to date can be found here.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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