Wednesday, March 30, 2011

After Two Sessions with My Therapist…

… I still have a hard time lifting my Canon 5D Mark II with the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens above my shoulders. I can shoot with my right hand but I have a hard time supporting the camera with my left hand. This makes the camera really unstable and makes changing the zoom of the lens difficult.

But, I can "shoot from the waist". The teacher from the just-finished photography class I was in wanted us to make self-portraits. I don't want to be in front of the camera so I made a not-so-common self-portrait for the class.

And then, with the sun getting more and more prominent with the changing season, I noticed that our bathroom window is a perfect location for self-portraits: it opens to an almost northerly direction making it a nice light source for portraits. And since I can shoot from the waist, or chest height here, I was able to produce this self-portrait, albeit off a mirror (which explains the reversed Canon logo). I made this Rembrandt-lighted photo using a Canon 7D with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.

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The light from the window brings a nice diffused light and it even serves a double purpose of illuminating the back wall also. The window is on camera left.

I use this photo now for my @garybc twitter avatar.

I got so inspired by it that I made another portrait using my Canon Powershot G12. The resulting photo is shown below. I should've used a reflector on camera-right to bring some illumination to the G12 but my level of dexterity is not that good yet. I'll try that again once I'm much better.

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