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Photo Friday: Slice ‘n’ Dice

I needed a self-portrait with a katana or samurai theme for a website I’m putting together for my ed-tech career, and I settled on this.

Samurai Self Portrait

You'll cut your eye out, kid.

I could probably have made a few more tweaks, but the intended use is only as a thumbnail, so I didn’t want to get too crazy with editing.

I shot it with the 18-55mm kit lens all the way down at 18. I used my SpeedLite with a Opteka diffuser attached. I’m not sure what I think of it yet. With some test shots, it didn’t seem to make a difference. Other times it did have a more pleasing, diffuse light. It’ll really be put through its paces when I use it at a wedding in a week, but I do plan to do more experimenting with it.

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.

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.