I had wanted to do an on location self portrait however, no opportunity presented itself for me to get out with my tripod during week 4. Finally I decided to try an Iphone selfie. The one and only selfie done with my Iphone prior to this was in front of the Collosseum in Rome and that was purely because there was no one with me. I fiddled around and tried a few different angles and some window light. I forgot to smile and looked very stern so started again. Eventually I managed to take a photo I was reasonably happy with. Seems it's all about the angles.
My intention for the Iphone selfie was always to blend it with one of my floral photos. I had photographed some mass displays recently at the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba. I used some painting filters and then lens blurring filter on the flowers and then overlaid it on my selfie and blended using Linear Burn. I then merged the two layers and made them slightly smaller than the original floral background layer to give the image a border. I think the flower layer has become perhaps, a bit too contrasty, although, I am reasonably happy with the final result.
A Floral Self Portrait.
During Week 4 I have really started to explore other forms of social media. I found Tumblr annoying hence the use of my blog on Zenfolio. Instagram still interests me the most and am going to spend some time with a couple of people who use it for their businesses. Pinterest also interests me and once again I have found a couple of avid Pinterest users so more to follow in later blog entries once I have consulted with them.
I have also turned my mind to the 2nd assignment. I think it could be really interesting and I need to plan it. I have a number of projects that are works in progress as a result of travel that I have undertaken in recent years. I have a large collection of backgrounds and textures that I really should do something with. I also want to do a series of photos called Burnt as everywhere I went up in the Kimberleys the land was burnt and there were some dramatic images to be had. There is also the large collection of bird photos. So I probably could just use what is in my archive but feel that would not be in the spirit of the course and what would I learn?. So, I have decided to do a social documentary topic, Aging and Technology. More on that later. For now, I have to do some more selfies and convince some lovely octogenarians I know to let me take their photos.