Friday, September 20, 2013


What to do when you want to practice photography but don't have a subject in mind? Why, a self-portrait, of course.

Self-Portrait - Flotsam of the Mind

I started a new photography course about lighting, a subject I know little about. I'm looking forward to learning an entirely new set of important skills. So far, however, we haven't discussed much that I didn't already know.

In the last class, we discussed the difference between hard and soft light. Hard light is harsh light that casts severe shadows--bright sunlight, a bare light bulb, a candle. We all want our photo taken in soft, diffuse light. It's flattering. Think Barbara Walters basking in a hazy glow.

I decided to see what sort of portrait I could create with hard light. I stood in my dark bathroom and shined a flashlight up from below my chin. This photo has a very shallow depth of field--so much that my hair is in focus but even my eye is slightly out of focus. It's unconventional, but I think I like it.

Maybe I should have all photos of me taken unshowered by flashlight. It's certainly different. What do you think? Love it or hate it?


  1. Susie: You take a better pic than this. Like the freckles Didn't realize you had so many. You must have your summer tan yet.

  2. Um, it scares me, honestly. Love you!