day 308: self-portrait: calm
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 lostandtaken.com, 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.