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OK. So I hate pics of myself more than just about anything else in this world. So that's one of the photo challenges I have set for myself this year. To get out from behind the camera, at least a little.

And to kick off this idea, I decided to try my hand at a few selfies while the guys were at piano the other night.

I am ashamed at most of the photos I snapped. But I got a couple that, when I played with them a bit, I don't completely hate.

Please be honest with me ... are any of these ... I dunno ... on the right track as far as editing and such?

I didn't have a great stand in to get focus locked and composition is all over the place.

But before I tear myself any further apart ... here's what I've got:

1. 50mm ap=f/4.5 ss=1/200 ISO=2000

2. 50mm ap=f/2.5 ss=1/200 ISO=2000

3. 50mm ap=f/2.5 ss=1/200 ISO=2000

That's it. I won't tell you how many I took. And I promise to stop whining about how much I hate them. Wink

Let me have it!


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Wow, GiGi! I have been lurking and just had to say how proud I am of you for posting selfies and also how amazing and strong you look! I rarely have the courage to do that!

In the first photo it took me a second to realize what you were doing, but when I figured it out I just thought about how strong you are! It is really nice! I do think an action shot (no eye contact) would make this image even more awesome! The other thing is, when I think about a push up, I think of a nice long form ... like the camera perspective from a perpendicular standpoint. So those last two sentences to say, get one of the guys to photograph you! And regarding processing on that one -- I think I would like to see it in either full color or kind of a high key b&w -- I like the lighting in this.

Totally think #2 is on the right track! I like your hair pulled back here and it is a comfortable expression on your face and comfortable looking pose.

I love the color and composition of #3 and think it would be a nice addition to a storyboard, but wouldn't recognize it as a self portrait of you outside of the context of this post. Smile

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GiGi, I'm always a sucker for really low-down perspective, and I like #1 for that perspective a LOT. It really works for me. I like the way you're looking up and I get a great sense of your strength (seriously! you ROCK!). The processing is cool and I think it works, but I would be interested in seeing it processed differently too. Sometimes I don't know what I like till I try a bunch of stuff.

#2 is great! You have great light there, nicely directional, good catchlights, and this is a great conversion.

#3 doesn't do a lot for me, though I do like the colour and the elements. Somehow I'm not sure if it's just a bit too tight in or what, it just isn't quite working for me. Though the elements you've included and the diagonal line of the barbell are very nice and I do like those shoes. Smile

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thanks for the feedback guys! I *truly* appreciate it and I also appreciate your kind words. Putting pics of me out there, especially ones w/out Logan and/or Carlos in the frame to help take the focus off of me is beyond difficult for me.

I know I really need someone else to help me out if I really want photos like this, but I was too embarrassed to ask for help. In fact, not even DH has seen these - only you guys.

Here are a couple of other edits on that first shot (which btw, was pretty badly over exposed to begin with):

same (similar) crop, b&w:

same (similar) crop, b&w with texture:

personally, I like the texture better but I'm not overly thrilled with the conversion in the first place.

here's a different crop, b&w:

finger chop is in-camera, so nothing I can do about that. Sad You can see here how hot my right arm is (it's right under my strobe). *sigh*

and here's that same crop, b&w with texture:

went with a lighter touch on the texture and am not sure I like it. I think it just makes my arms look dirty.

sure wish I had thought to remove my watch.

Again, thanks for the feedback. I want to get my processing and technique down so that maybe in the spring (when I can open the garage door and let in some natural light, maybe DH and I can do a session like this together. I also have a cousin (the one who inspired me to start w/ the whole crossfit thing) who I am trying to talk into a fitness session. I feel like I could do a lot more if I could stay behind the camera. KWIM? Biggrin


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Hmmm, interesting seeing the crops and different processing. I think I prefer the first one you shared after all! I like the eye placement and it seems to emphasize the look of strength and determination somehow. And the pale pink of the shirt works too.

I can see where some people would prefer the crops with both arms, though. But my take is that the first one is my fave.

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#1. I think I like the second crop you posted and the b&w with texture edit best.

#2. Love this shot!

#3. I think I would like this better if it was in landscape with your feet on the bottom.

Ps. you rock for taking selfies! I also hate being in front of the camera.

Sorry for the quick cc, it's time for the boys' naps!

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Thanks again everyone for your feedback. I finally bucked up the courage to show these to Carlos this morning. He was very supportive (he likes that first edit on #1 the best) and even said he would stand in and be my model if I wanted to try again while staying behind the camera.

Maybe we'll get a chance to try this weekend - we get a 3 day weekend and we're even supposed to have warm weather (temps around 70F) so I could open up the garage door and let in some natural light.

I'll be sure and share whenever we DO get around to reshooting these.


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Good for you for showing Carlos, and I bet you'll have fun doing a re-take together, too! Can't wait to see them!

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I think they are all great shots and I think it's very brave of you to go outside your comfort zone and do some self portraits.

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Sorry that I'm just now getting to this!

You got a lot of great feedback so far. I love the down low perspective of the first shot. I prefer a total b&w edit with the texture you added. And also the first crop.

Did you get to try this again with Carlos?

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Thanks for the look, Steph.

Unfortunately, we haven't re-done these yet. I had intended to try this last weekend (while the offer was fresh in Carlos' mind), but then I picked up that stomach bug and spent most of the weekend on the couch. Sad

We've got a busy weekend planned this coming weekend so I doubt we'll get to it then either.

I'm thinking we MAY push it off until March when it's warmer. Ya see, as soon as it warms up a bit, we're going to paint the back wall of our garage in chalkboard paint so that we can put up our WOD there and not have to have our silly little white board balanced on the work bench anymore. I'm thinking that would make for a more clean backdrop.


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I *KNOW* I posted to this, but IDK where it went!

These all are great. My favorite is #1. I too like the B&W with texture. I feel like it just adds to the mood of the photo! First crop as well! LOVE that you did this! Great job!