one day at a time

day 308: self-portrait: calm

self-portrait: calm Ā© Verena Fischer 2012

self-portrait: calm Ā© Verena Fischer 2012

After a grey and rainy morning my friend Guido came over for some coffee and music. This meant that I only had the morning to take some pictures and I didn’t exactly feel like venturing out into the rain. I watched a really nice Sally Mann documentary and suddenly felt inspired. I got my tripod out and set up the camera with my 50mm f/1.4 lens, with some black cushions as a backdrop. Without a cable release shooting this was actually quite difficult, since I’m using the lens on a crop body and the shutter button is just out of reach when I fit in the frame. Focussing sure was difficult like that, but it gave me this serendipitous effect, which I found very cool.

I sharpened the picture a little to make the focus on the hair more obvious and converted to black and white with a combination of a black and white adjustment layer and a channel mixer, focussing on the blues. Then I did something that I hadn’t considered before: I applied a texture! It was a stained paper texture from, where you can find tons of amazing textures as donationware. What an awesome and useful resource! The texture really made a difference and gives it a look as if coming from film. I’m really happy with the result.

15 responses

  1. It is indeed a great effect – very nice sp.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  2. Amazing texture and combination of techniques. I love it. I would be interested how this picture would look like overexposed and with a white backdrop. Because the title does not convince me 100% It is more dreamy…

    June 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  3. This is absolutely wonderful, Ms. F.
    Personally the low-key works very well for me here…especially considering your inspiration / work with texture / aging, etc.
    I particularly LOVE the lost and found you’ve created with the shallow depth of field / plane of focus…

    June 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m also particularly in love with this picture and I’m glad you like it as well! In fact I’m actually considering to make a series of pictures in the same style šŸ™‚ Just need to find some people to shoot!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

      • That sounds AWESOME, Ms. F! I suspect if you share/show images like this with/to potential models they would be thrilled to sit for you!

        June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      • I will probably get some of my pictures printed soon. Then it will be easier to find potential models šŸ™‚

        June 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

  4. Tammy

    Beautifully done…thanks for explaining the processing! I love the added texture, it really does look like film!

    June 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    • Thanks Tammy! I’m really surprised that it worked so well! In fact I didn’t know it was so easy to blend in a texture like that. When I tried something similar some years ago Photoshop just wasn’t as good yet and it looked just horrible. Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

      June 19, 2012 at 12:50 am

  5. Madelaine


    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  6. peace !

    November 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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