Brooding melancholy

I haven't had much time today to think about or take today's photo. I had a workout, and when I was done I thought that it would be good to do a self-portrait as I've hardly done any photos of people. However, I didn't want to do a regular self-portrait.

I'm quite pleased with my attempt. I took the self-portrait by holding the camera aloft and looking down slightly. As I pressed the shutter, I moved my head down further to get the slightly blurry effect, as I used a slow shutter speed. I increased the contrast, and made the blacks darker and the whites lighter in Adobe Lightroom. By the way, it's the blur that makes my nose and chin look big! But then it's not about vanity, is it?!

I've become a big fan of black and white photography recently. When it's done properly, it can work really well. Using my free beta version of Adobe Lightroom 3 to convert my photos has been a joy to use, so it's a shame that Adobe have just announced that they're releasing the full version of the software. This means that my beta version will soon expire, and I'll just have to rely on Photoshop Elements. I may have to make an expensive purchase in the near future.

Canon EOS 450D, f/2.5, 1/4, ISO-200
This is really creepy! I like it!!
posted June 9th, 2010  
It does have that eerie effect...nice job!
posted June 9th, 2010  
Very Rocky!
posted June 9th, 2010  
creepy is good!
posted June 9th, 2010  
I can't believe I wasn't following you, sorry!
posted June 9th, 2010  
Ha, no probs Emma! I think you mean Raging Bull BTW!
posted June 9th, 2010  
Eerie....but reflective as well. Interesting!
posted June 9th, 2010  
A little frightening, but great shot!
posted June 10th, 2010  
great shot! love!
posted June 10th, 2010  
yes...raging bull will beat the crap out of rocky any day =) great selfie. very creepy and eerie.
posted June 10th, 2010  
lol... the blur works for the theme... i just recently started adobe lightroom2, the free trial as well... but i keep having problems downloading lightroom 3... unless it will only work after the 30 days of lightroom2 i guess... anyway moral: lightroom rocks big time!!!
posted June 10th, 2010  
this is great - your eye is really scary looking!!!
posted June 10th, 2010  
bum bum bum ;)
posted June 10th, 2010  
Now this is creepy!! ^5 !
posted June 10th, 2010  
That came out like a charcoal rendering...really nice effect. Success!
posted June 10th, 2010  
HC
Raging Bull was my first thought!
posted September 10th, 2010  
very emotional - job done well
posted October 9th, 2011  
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