Self-portraits

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Tandaina Contributing Member • Posts: 568
Self-portraits

I had fun on the beach this last week. One of my goals was to create a self portrait in the ocean. Issues? I was alone. No one to trigger the camera for me, and I discovered just how limited the range is on the remote commander.

10 second self timer doesn't really give a lot of control and requires running back to the camera every dang shot. So I used my iPhone with Trigger Trap app (and his hardware to connect the camera and phone). Had it do 10 exposures in a row.

The result. (a900 + Minolta 20mm 2.8 + ND & GND filters) f13 & 8 sec. exposure

The 20mm focal length made everything very far away and small. Unfortunately any less wide and good luck getting yourself in the shot without a spotter. Over all quite happy with the result, will try a similar shot next time I'm there and be sure to bring a spotter (hubby) so I can play with a more regular portrait lens!

Who else has made onlookers scratch their head in confusion getting your ideal self portrait? Share?
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gooseta
gooseta Contributing Member • Posts: 707
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Nice self portrait! I wouldn't have been able to keep still for 8 seconds!
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EgonVLC Regular Member • Posts: 330
Re: Self-portraits

Very nice, I love the mood!

The_Fat_Zebra Regular Member • Posts: 203
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Really really nice photo. No further comment!

TheAe Forum Member • Posts: 57
Nice,

but you coulda been more in center, cropping or reshooting (repositioning) could of done the trick, actually 2 other position are excellent, facing 3/4 either left or right ( [ ] )

even facing inside with some thigh [ -> ] or [

Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
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I had it do the 10 shots in a row because MOST of them are me being knocked about by waves or moving at the wrong time and thus blurry and ghosted. Got only a very few were I managed to hold still that long!

(And was far enough away i couldn't hear the shutter go so had to guess when the camera was exposing and when it wasn't. All around I had a hard time not laughing through most of the shoot.)
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Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
Re: Nice,

I'd far rather I was LESS in the center, more at one of the third positions. But again, I was guessing on framing since I had no one to look through the viewfinder while I was in front of the camera. I'm not a fan of centered subjects so kept trying to get off to the side and kept being... yup, centered. aaaaarg!

If the beach weren't so plain (there are NO rocks/trees or other objects to use as reference points) it would make positioning easier. But since it is all sand, sand, and more sand very hard to tell translate what I could see through the viewfinder to where I ended up standing on the other side of things.
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Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
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Slightly updated, more centered crop. Yup, better. I'd prefer a 1/3 crop but lose too much image this way so y'all are right. Center is better than just barely off center.

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MaritF Regular Member • Posts: 171
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Just a fantastic photos, in particular doing all this on your own.... but would have love the photo anyway LOVE IT

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Guido FORRIER Senior Member • Posts: 1,620
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bravo ! well done .
trigger trap you say ?

thanks for showing,
guido

Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
Re: Self-portraits

Yes, TriggerTrap. There is an app (I think it is free) but to make it work you need to buy a cable from TriggerTrap specific to your camera (and the regular data connection cable from Sony for your camera.)

Still definitely a work in progress product but pretty exciting what it can do already.
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(unknown member) Contributing Member • Posts: 946
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The centered crop does work well in this image, in my opinion.

If it was me, I would have Photoshopped the irregularities in the sand near the lower left corner.

Overall, nice photo. I think HDR could have also worked well in the situation for a more colorful sky.

Nice portrait.

TheAe Forum Member • Posts: 57
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Yes, nice now.

walking dude Contributing Member • Posts: 521
Would make a cool painting......

I hope you don't mind my artistic interpretation of your photo.

Tandaina wrote:

Slightly updated, more centered crop. Yup, better. I'd prefer a 1/3 crop but lose too much image this way so y'all are right. Center is better than just barely off center.

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Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
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You are right, I didn't even notice it in all the other fiddling. Here's an update:

Much cleaner.
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(unknown member) Contributing Member • Posts: 946
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Much better now without the distracting elements. A simple picture can have a lot of power into it.

Tandaina wrote:

You are right, I didn't even notice it in all the other fiddling. Here's an update:

Much cleaner.
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(unknown member) Contributing Member • Posts: 946
Re: Would make a cool painting......

Nice touch. This is a picture where good color can make a significant difference.

Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
Re: Would make a cool painting......

Don't mind seeing someone else's take at all!

In this case I prefer the more muted soft colors of the original. Dawn light is usually subtle and rather low saturation. The dawn the morning this was shot was very soft, very muted, and almost like water color paint. Very faint colors running into each other and a bit of mist/fog.

The more saturated version looks like sunset to me, which while pretty, tells a different story.

Edit: Didn't notice the texture at first. That I really do like and might do to this image if I get it printed, just without the saturation boost.
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Jim N'AZ Veteran Member • Posts: 7,365
Tandaina, try this to know when shutter is open/closed

Mount a flash and set it at a lower output so as not to interfere with exposure in any way.

Now, set up the camera/flash to fire on second curtain while using TTL flash (this gives you two separate flash bursts). With your long exposures that you are using, you will see a measuring flash fire when the shutter first opens, then, at the point that the shutter starts to close, the main flash burst will fire. Now you can tell when the shutter opens, how long it remains open, and when it closes, by watching these individual flash bursts.

If you have very low power set on the flash, it should easily keep up for the 10 exposures you are using.
Regards, Jim

Tandaina wrote:

I had it do the 10 shots in a row because MOST of them are me being knocked about by waves or moving at the wrong time and thus blurry and ghosted. Got only a very few were I managed to hold still that long!

(And was far enough away i couldn't hear the shutter go so had to guess when the camera was exposing and when it wasn't. All around I had a hard time not laughing through most of the shoot.)
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Tandaina OP Contributing Member • Posts: 568
Re: Tandaina, try this to know when shutter is open/closed

Brilliant! That's one of those "why the heck didn't I think of that moments"

Thanks for the suggestion, will have to try that. And so long as it is really low power in a distant scene like this it shouldn't mess with the exposure through the filters.
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