Photo Friday: Deep Into That Darkness Peering

I thought about using one of the photos from my International Motorcycle Show set for this week’s Photo Friday entry, but decided it would be a cop-out and most of the pictures are just quick snaps. Maybe if I’d been given a few moments to set up a shot and not have some random jackhole wandering through the background I could have been a little more creative, but as it is they make some cool pictures for memory and sharing purposes.

Tonight as the family left the house, I looked back at the porch and it struck me the lighting and angle might make a good photo. When we got home I hauled out the tripod, took some experimental shots, then set up the camera’s timer and ran to the chair to make a basic portrait.

Deep Into That Darkness Peering

Unfortunately it was a little too chilly for a cigar.

The focus was the toughest part. I put one focusing point on the chair arm to get enough depth of field to keep me in focus. Without doing so, the wall or window would be in focus but I would be just near enough that my face came out blurred. I could probably have had more success with a good shutter remote. This shot is also cropped tighter than I first envisioned, but I felt like cutting out a lot of the distracting elements and letting the left side trail off into darkness worked a little better.

In other news, I finally found the original CD that came with my camera, and I can now connect the camera to the laptop and use the laptop to help with focus and to take the shot. This may make it easier to take close-in self-portraits and to help train my eye to what I’m seeing through the viewfinder.

I like Adobe Lightroom more and more every time I use it. After Uncle Sam sends me my tax refund, I may jump up to Lightroom 3, which I can get much cheaper as an educator. I’m getting used to its library options, but I like its development and exporting. I’m thinking I’ll continue to use Apple’s iPhoto for quick snapshots and candids, and use Lightroom for the nicer pictures, only because iPhoto makes it a lot easier to get pics onto portable devices so I can show them off to other people.

Seven weeks into this year’s Photo Friday endeavor and so far, so good. I’ve carried the camera with me a little more than normal, but I could still do better. I’ll work on that. For now, though, I’m happy I’m getting it done.

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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