Friday, January 2, 2009

Gangsta Me

I had some fun taking a self portrait yesterday! Thanks to my daughter Emma for helping me with "the look"!

Title: "Gangsta Me"


Strobist: Canon 430 with homemade beauty dish 45% on camera left (1/16 power 3 - 4 feet away, Vivitar 285HV with white shoot through umbrella and orange gel at 45% camer right (1/16 power 3-4 feet away). I don't have a light meter but based on the results the Vivitar rig appears about 1 stop brighter to me than the Canon rig (making the Vivitar the Key light?).

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3 > Created a blank layer on top of the background layer and painted in the black background using a black brush with layer blending in multiply mode (not necessary if you actually have a blackground but all I had was a sheet of black foam core that was too small for the job) > Merge Visible to New Layer > Topaz Adjust plugin "Dramatic" preset > Copy Layer > High Pass Sharpening with Hard Light Blending Mode > Level Adjustment Layer to set black point > Merge Visible to New Layer in Screen Blending Mode to increase overall brightness

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a side of you I have never seen! Scary! What I want to know is, where did you get all that jewelry???

The lighting looks great...but I would be afraid to criticize anything anyway :).

Cindi

Larry J. Patrick said...

Great.

I always suspected that under the mild manners was a "somewhat shady character." I wish Emma did not have to see it!

I hope to see you at our next meeting with this outfit!

Barry Armer said...

Hi Cindi!

The bling comes courtesy of Party City. They keep a lot of costume stuff in the back of the store. It wasn't too much of an investment - the "diamonds" are not real! LOL

Cheers!
Barry

Barry Armer said...

Hello Patrick!

I think there is a little "Gangsta" in all of us! :-)

Word!
Barry

Here's Looking at You! Photography said...

Priceless!! I think we could easily make a biker out of you.

Barry Armer said...

Thank you Shirley!

Anonymous said...

A WORD FROM THE HOOD..AT A NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY GATHERING, THIS PICTURE WAS NOT ID'ED AS BARRY BY EITHER HIS BROTHER OR HIS SISTER...

Miki said...

You look Great! It's fun.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Anon adn Miki!

Miki - Glad you like it! It was fun doing it!

Cheers!
Barry