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Self-portrait 31/01


I always love low light (tonight it was the street light and outside light in the backyard) but rarely photograph it successfully. Did a bit of tweaking with this with the black & white and the vignette, but still not entirely happy with it. I suppose my mood reflects the image, in that case!

The teeshirt is my favourite bit of this. Think I would have canned it if not for that redeeming feature.
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Self portrait January 30


I've had self-portraiture on the mind for a while. In part because I want to photograph people but suck at working the dynamic between photographer and subject. In part because I love the dynamic of the photographer being the subject.

And a big part because I've been following the images of self-portrait photographers such as Natsumi Hayasha and Joeri Bosma, and feeling deep awe and envy over their work.

So. I'm going to try and do more self-portraiture. I'm going to aim to do at least one a month, if not one a week. I'm breaking out my old point-and-shoot digicam because I think it'll suit this better than my phone will. Though I'm not limiting myself to photography for this.

I'd love to see any other favourite self-portraiture artists you're a fan of - share?
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A few months ago I was in holiday in Europe, taking hundreds of photos and tweeting them constantly. I got a number of questions from people asking what photography apps I used on the iPhone, so I wrote up a brief 'guide' (as in, 'this is how I use them') for the main three. I have found all three of them really fun to play with, and often use them in combination.

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Like every hipster with an iPhone, I have totally fallen in love with instagr.am, and have been basically using it to tweet the pretty things I see every second moment.

Selection of my favourite shots below the jump. Click for full size.

Anyone who wishes to follow: I am aquaprofunda on instagram.


Clouds Octopus #1


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Flowers


My digital camera is a tiny, comparatively cheap point-and-shoot that's about four years old, now. I keep thinking I should buy a digital SLR, or even just something with a nicer lens, but... but... This one fits in my pocket! And I've familiarised the hell out of its controls.

One of my favourite things things about it is the macro settings, which I inevitably turn to whatever flora I come across. My least-favourite thing is that it tends to wash out the higher mid-tone areas, so I tend to do a bit of post-production on my favourite images to bring back that richness and depth in tone.

Anyway, of course the thing with photoshop is that it's fun to play around with with settings, and of course alter things more extremely than you would originally conceive of - often that comes up with the most striking cropping or chiaroscuro. In summary: so this one time, I was tweaking the levels on a macro flora shot, and discovered that dragging the midtones right down resulted in this incredibly striking, gorgeous, alien image. (The image in question is the one at the top of this post.)

So, of course now I try it out on just about every macro I take. Examples of my favourites after the jump.

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Blue Mountains


Without making my first post into an ad: I LOVE MY SHINY IPHONE AND ITS SHINY, SHINY APPS.

Ahem.

On a recent sojourn to the Blue Mountains, I a) went on many walks, and b) made use of the Autostitch Panorama iPhone app.

With Autostitch, you take as many photos as you want of your subject, only making sure that there is some overlap between images. Then, in the app, you select which images you want to make the panorama out of -- no particular order required -- and hit "stitch". The app does the rest -- identifying the shared elements between the images and merging (or 'stitching', if you will) them together. The icing on the cake is that at the end it saves the finished image in the highest resolution it can.

And of course, once I'd got used to it, I played around with it a little. Hit the jump for the images.

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