I don’t like selfies. I don’t think there’s many of us that do. I particularly don’t like selfies when I use my phone. However hard I try I just don’t seem to be able to get myself looking good. But I do like the idea of self portraits. Many great photographers and artists have either used this genre once in a while or have majored in it.
So this week I have committed myself to a week of selfies either on the phone or with my Olympus Pen f. (But I’m not going to show you them all)!
If my selfies are going to reflect me they have to reflect some things that I do in life habitually so that I can remember me by them ! This picture reflects what I do first thing in the morning (and at this time of the year before the daylight). The first thing I think of in the morning apart from feeding the cats is a nice cup of coffee because it’s the only one I drink for the rest of the day. I’m still in my dressing gown and I curl up on the sofa with the cats just to get my thoughts for the day into alignment. But the coffee is the focus because I love it so much.
I set up my tripod beforehand and placed my Olympus Pen f on it with my 17mm lens. I made sure that I had a small enough aperture so that when I pre focused manually on to the cushion behind me that there would also be enough depth of field to have me in focus once I sat down. My aperture was F8. When it came to shutter speed I would have to have a slow enough shutter because the light was going to be low. However it couldn’t be too slow or the slightest movement would render me blurred. Therefore I had to have quite a high ISO which I never like doing but sometimes it’s necessary. I set my ISO to 1600. I experimented with the shutter speed until I liked the exposure. It was taken at 1/15 of a second therefore I knew I must keep very still. I put the camera onto a 20 second self-timer which gave me enough time to pose and concentrate on ‘freezing’ !
The main light was coming from a single LED lamp to my left and then a few metres away there was another kitchen light on which acted as a fill light. The main light direction is coming from the side which picks up the texture in the throw rug on the sofa. A side lit scene is good for texture and can look quite good but just don’t get that lighting direction on a close-up of my face that’s all I ask !
Olympus Pen F with 17mm f1.8, 1/15 sec @ f8 and 1600 ISO