Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Day Has Begun

"Self BR" by Wes Aldridge

Normally, I am not so vain to put shots of my self up on this photoblog. Today is different though. It is moving day and I wanted a little memento of the times spent at 3054 Franklin Road. So I give you this Pulitzer Prize-winning self portrait of me in my bathroom in my boxer briefs and T-shirt. Marvelous, eh?

I really wanted to showcase the angles of the mirrors and how they worked with a fisheye lens. The field of view is about 180-degrees, somewhere around 14 or 15mm I think, which means that when shooting that lens, it is pretty easy to get your feet in the shot if you aren't careful. More times than not, the lens isn't practical for usage in daily applications. The effect of bending lines and angles is somewhat less than desired in most cases of commercial photography. Shooting with a fisheye is almost like having sushi: its a great idea every once in a while, but if you have it too much, it really starts to suck.

I'm not getting into all the shot settings. Technique-wise, there is nothing spectacular going on, just a shutter speed fast enough to hand hold the camera and avoid shake. Light is natural from the tungsten overhead.

I know, I know, not terribly exciting. Time to get back to packing.