Week 52: Self Portrait #2


December 26, 2016 – Yep. Here we are. The final image of the Dogwood 52 Week photo challenge. We started with a Self Portrait. We’re ending with a Self Portrait. Narcissistic or not, Self Portraits serve a purpose: One, we can experiment photographically without annoying another person–and two, sometimes when you’re in an interesting situation, including yourself gives the photo context and meaning in the future–and frankly, I prefer seeing a person in a scene rather than just the scene.

I initially planned this final selfie with either one of the motorcycles, or my ’48 Ford as I did with the first one, but there’s another love in my life besides things that go Vroom (and of course my totally awesome feller), and that’s my cameras.


Week 52: Portrait Self

Self Portrait

For your final challenge, we end where we started.

Take one last self-portrait, and be amazed at how far you have come in a year.


The above photo was a test shot. The day was cold and foggy, and I wanted to check the light before getting dressed up and (maybe) combing my hair and putting on some makeup. This image came about when the Canon remote app wouldn’t cooperate and switch focus to my face. I hit the trigger anyway. After all, this was just a light test.

The Real Shoot

After doing my tests and liking the light, I went inside, got purtied up, and came back out to shoot. There were a couple good ones…

Self Portrait

Mommy’s favorite

My favorite of this series

Brian’s favorite of this series

But while editing the photos, my eye kept being drawn to the test shot with the camera, along with this other test shot…

I showed the photo group to Brian, and he too kept going back to the same photo, saying it better represented who I am, and he’s right. Plus, it’s the end of a photo challenge, and while I didn’t shoot with the Yashica pictured, I love the camera.

So there it is. The logic behind my final choice.

The Challenge Wrap Up

I must say, sticking with the challenge wasn’t always easy. Some weeks I struggled…

Street Photography

Week 31: Portrait/ Street Candid “Candids on the street, show us life in your town through the lens.” I have no problem pointing a news camera at strangers, but found it hard to do the same with my personal camera.

And some weeks compromised…

Week 11: Landscape/Reflection. “Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed.” I knew conceptually what I wanted, landscape reflected in my tank, but could not get the bike out into pretty territory that week because of work, so compromised by using the front landscape at my house. Lame.

Some weeks surprised me…

Week 23: Landscape featuring Weather. “This week should be as unpredictable as the weather! Feature the weather in this week’s landscape.” This was a shot I disregarded after shooting, and shot a bunch more weather shots instead, but when I sat down to choose, this one kept grabbing my eye. Sometimes an image looks better big.

Others didn’t thrill me…

Week 41: Landscape High “Everything looks different when you are high. Find a high perspective to shoot this landscape.” There are things I like about this image, but it didn’t excite me.

More times than I liked, I became the subject due to lack of a model…

Week 16: Portrait Movement – “Most portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips.”

Week 37: Portrait Fashion “Avant-garde to commercial to traditional, and everything in between. The focus is the clothes this week.”

Week 46: Portrait Backlit “The sun makes a great back light, as well as a flash. Don’t forget the fill light. A flash or reflector can be used to fill in the subject

Some weeks I posted even though I wanted something better.

Week 50: Landscape Symmetry “Often considered one of the hardest compositions to pull off, Symmetry. Challenge yourself this week by shooting a symmetrical landscape/urbanscape.”

The Good Stuff

On the whole, the challenge served it’s purpose. Instead of always reaching for my iPhone, I began to consciously shoot with my DSLR again and got some pleasing images.

Week Three: Artistic Shot Featuring Red.

Week 6: Artistic Candy “Let something sweet be your inspiration.”

Week 13: Portrait/High Key “Expose to the right and create a light, airy high key portrait”

Week 20: Night Owl Landscape: “Time to shoot a night landscape. Look for some light for the scene! Car lights, city lights, or maybe just moonlight.”

So what’s next?

The Dogwood 52 2017 challenge, this time focusing more on technique. Even with the frustrations, I think I’ll do it again, although minus the weekly blog. Instead of Facebook, the administrators are moving the challenge to Flicker. If you’re interested in following along, here’s where you can find me.

Thanks for your time!

Until 2017,

Later Gators!

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  • Don Angel // // Reply

    Always such a one!!!

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