#selfportraitsaturday project

As someone who loves photography, scrapbooking, memory keeping, and other creative ventures, I'm in a ton of Facebook groups. I'm a big fan of groups as a way to learn from others, get exposure to other artists, be inspired by others, and discover others work. Recently there was a post in a photography group about another group being created with the focus of self portraits. I have heard many photographers talk about how much they have learned while participating in a consistent, focused photography challenge and this one seemed to click with me. So, as I love to do...I jumped in! 

The group quickly fell into a groove with the goal of posting our photo from the week on Saturdays. I did an intro post with a photo from a few weeks earlier when I was practicing with my new Sony a6000. I added some digital mixed media touches along with a piece of word art that I had painted in watercolor and then digitized. (A technique I learned in an online class called Paint and Pixels at Big Picture Classes.)

#selfportraitsaturday Intro, digital mixed media, photo taken with a Sony a6000

#selfportraitsaturday Intro, digital mixed media, photo taken with a Sony a6000

The official start was on Saturday, August 8th. I'd thought a lot about how I wanted to do the photo, seen lots of other examples being posted in the group but, still didn't have a solid "Oh yes, this is it!" kind of idea. I did spend some time reacquainting myself with the timer feature on my camera so I'd be ready. As the day was winding down and I was losing sunlight, I just had to go for it. I took my tripod and camera out to the deck and took about 81 photos (The camera was set up to do 9 consecutive photos, 3 seconds apart and I did this like, 9 times!) Getting the focus was tough!!! That is something that will work itself out as I continue along in the project. 

#selfportraitsaturday Week 1, Nikon D7000 with a 50mm 1.8

#selfportraitsaturday Week 1, Nikon D7000 with a 50mm 1.8

I ended up pleased with how this turned out - my current favorite shirt, a natural smile, the colors and tones of the photo. Actually, it was fairly overcast and about 8pm here but the clouds parted and some lovely golden light came through just as I was doing this last series.

The next week was a blur and I didn't think too much about the project through the week. But then, it was Saturday again and I needed to figure out something for my shot! I had a couple options but nothing I was too excited about. And then, there I was, at the end of the day again and still needing to complete my photo. I took my camera out and BAM! the idea struck me. I would take a photo of me reading in bed. Perfect.

Why is this perfect? Because one of my goals for 2015 is to read more. And because I'm working my way through a book that, while super interesting, has taken me a while to get through. So this photo represents...me, slogging through to participate fully and completely. Both the reading goal of finishing books instead of abandoning them halfway through and the photography goal of jumping into a project and seeing it through, even if it is at the very end of the day.

#selfportraitsaturday Week 2 Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

#selfportraitsaturday Week 2 Reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Here's looking forward to next week!