Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The angst never truly goes away!

The self-portrait angst, that is! I had my hair cut this morning, and I wanted to continue the tradition of including a self-portrait in my Project 365, to make sure I actually appear in it regularly, you know? I really like and trust my hairdresser, and she always does a good job, but today I was particularly pleased with my cut and was really up for a self-portrait. Yes, that's completely out of character, but it does occasionally happen!

This year, of course, I'm using my new dSLR for my self-portraits. This being the first such, I needed to figure out just how to make it work - and here, my friends, is where the angst came in. Not the usual angst of 'Aaaargh I hate having my photo taken even by myself!'; rather, 'Aaaargh how do I get the camera pointed the right way and focussing correctly?!'

Shall I show you what I mean?


OK - so, I'll just look through the viewfinder and check the zoom and make sure the focus is about right. I won't bother actually taking a photo like this, especially as I currently look like I have about 5 chins..... I'll just lightly press the button to get the focus. *click!* *whirr!* Ah. I appear to have taken a photo after all. *sigh*


Think I've got the focus OK now, so I'll just point the camera at the mirror and smile, all friendly-like. How's that? Ah...... Maybe need to be a bit more specific about WHERE in the mirror the camera is pointing? (Actually, this is one of my favourite photos and I'm definitely keeping it!)


I'll try that again. Point camera towards mirror. Smile. *click!* *whirr!* How have I managed to make that worse?! The focus is on the frame AND I've pointed it the wrong way!!


Right, I reckon I;ve got the camera direction sussed now, let's sort out the focus. This should be about right. *click!* *whirr!*  Or maybe not.....

I did eventually get a shot I was happy pleased satisfied OK with. You'll have to wait till it appears in my Project 365 before you see it, though! ;-)

28 comments:

Karen said...

Great haircut, Mel! Can't wait to see it in focus. :-)

scrappyjacky said...

The hair looks great....just waiting to see it in focus.

alison290 said...

Hair looks good..looking forward to seeing the 'real' photo!

Photographing Mom said...

That was fun. :D

Sandra said...

aaww, just think you and I were sitting at our hairdressers the same time LOL. I do know what you mean about taking self portraits ... I have quite a few of our light fittings LOL

debs14 said...

The chapter I just read in the Pass The Book book that I have for the month is all about self portraits! You will have to try and be the next adoptee when my time is up!
That hair cut is getting shorter! Looks fab though, even though there are focussing issues ;-)

Cheri said...

Been there, done that. I took HUNDREDS of shots trying to learn how to get a decent one with my DSLR. Keep practicing! Once you get the hang of it, self portraits are kind of fun - only you will spend the time needed to get a really great shot that shows off your personality and that cute pixie cut!

Beverly said...

Like the new 'do very much :) Isn't it frustrating how it can take us 50 shots to get it all to come together? Look forward to seeing the in focus product in your 365.

The Mann Fam said...

How funny! I thought I was the only one that had these kind of troubles. :)

Cute cut.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Even blurry that looks a super haircut!! Your hair colour is stunning!! Is that natural or 'assisted'?!! LOL!!! (I'm allowed to ask, because mine is totally 'assisted' these days!!!)

K said...

Oh what a tease! fancy saving the one your "ok" with until a later date ;-)

Anesha said...

Sounds like you had some fun with that photo. Great haircut.

Melissa said...

Great haircut! I laughed at this series of photos because I just processed a set of photos that I took of myself in the mirror a few days ago at a hotel. I was just using a point and click camera and came away with some hilarious shots! Put the best one on my blog post today.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Some things I discovered last year with my monthly self portraits.

1. If you hold the camera, it will take at least 15 shots to get a decent one. Not a bad thing because with practice it gets easier.

2. A quick response remote ($8US)and a stack of books on a shelf work wonders.

3. A quick response remote and a tripod($15US) are even better.

Good luck! Love the cut!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Ah, Mel, I love your haircut. And I even like the last photo that's not quite in focus. You're getting braver... xo

Maria Ontiveros said...

LOL! Been there and done all those definitely!
Rinda

Mary B said...

lol Mel you make me crease up, but saying that I do know the angst and the number of out takes that are involved in taking your own photo

Mary B said...

I take a lot of self portraits in the mirror and have only just realised that if I reverse the photo before showing or printing it I will see me the right way round. Hope that makes sense

Heather said...

Hahaha!! you are so funny Mel :)) looking forward to the proper pic now & I love the cut & colour of your hair xx

The Creative Beast said...

hee, hee! a fine example of those times when our tools won't cooperate with our intended results, Mel!

and I agree that the haircut is fabulous for you =-)

Sarah said...

Your haircut looks amazing and you look fantastic xx

Kirsty.a said...

Actually, I think the first photo is worth scrapping - especially as it's how everyone sees you - behind the lens. Hair looks great

alexa said...

You look great! and love your series of photos. I feel just the same when I pick up our SLR ...

Cheryl said...

love the haircut Mel you will get there in the end with your camera I am sure just don't stress too much x

Ginger said...

Gorgeous hairdo Mel!! I just got mine cut and never thought to do the self portrait thing! Great idea.

Amy said...

heheheheheeeee - I know, I know! That is why I resort to the special effects in PS to cover up all the mistakes - but Stacey is so right, I should just get a remote shutter release :-)

jillconyers said...

Me too! Loved reading this Mel :)

I actually joined a 52 week self portrait challenge to force myself to get passed the angst. If I don't photos of myself will remain few and far between.

Lizzie said...

Good haircut - very smart (even when out of focus!). I like your glasses too... It'll be nice to see your face in focus!

I agree with Stacey (Comfy-Mom) about self-portrait photos. I tried some last year too, using the "hold the camera and look in a mirror" method. It did take a lot of shots to get one that I liked.
A pile of books and a remote.. yes please... A tripod - now that was what I meant to ask for for Christmas, but I forgot!! Well only 5 months til my birthday (or I can sell a lot of books lol).

Can't wait to see the Project 365 page...