The New Mustache and the Agony of the Selfie

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It’s been a while since you’ve had a good look at me and I’ve grown a mustache since I created my last self portrait. Sounds like a good enough reason to set up the tripod and take a selfie.

I’m not one to take a lot of portraits of myself. It’s hard. There are the technical issues of setting up the gear and using a light stand as fill in so that I can set the focus and the exposure manually. The need to stand in the right spot and make adjustments until I am happy with the results. Then come the truly difficult parts of creating a self portrait. How do you stand, what kind of expression do you wear. How do I avoid looking like an idiot and make my personality come through? What should I do with my arms? What should I wear?

Twenty or so shots later, I have the image you see above and I am fairly happy with the results. And then the t-shirt begins to bug me. It pops out and draws my eye. It’s stark white in a portrait that is made up of gorgeous greys and charcoals. The eyes are not quite sharp enough. Did I say the t-shirt bothered me?

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Change out of the t-shirt, get dressed again. Re-check the gear Try to remember where I was standing, make adjustments. Try to not look like an idiot again and you can see the results above. Not as much personality, but by this time, I am tired and want to move on.

What do you think? Does the t-shirt bother you in the first image? Are the images too dark? I never question my judgement when I am creating portraits of others. Which is the keeper? Is the mustache a keeper?

This is one of the few times that I open my work up to your suggestions. Let me know what you think.

 

5 thoughts on “The New Mustache and the Agony of the Selfie

  1. My thoughts about it are that the white is not bright enough to be distracting. It actually provides a contrast for your face, which reflects and picks up some of the highlight, making a break from straight grey tones below the neckline. I think it actually is a better photo for having the full range of values. You have the blackest blacks in the buttons and the bottom of the vest and the whitest white in the t shirt. It gives enough contrast within a set range of values which actually enhances the greys, rather than the greys simply feeling too monotone.

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