It wasn't that I was in a terribly narcissistic mood, but I decided to experiment with some self portraits.
While I do have a flash of sorts, I don't really have either the place or equipment to employ artificial lighting, so I experimented with natural light from a patio window. Even after closing the slats the fall-off from the bright side to the dark was too great, so I had to adjust that a little in post processing.
It took some experimenting to get the composition centered properly, and even then, I found had to do some cropping in post.
I discovered that I am neither a good subject nor a good portrait photographer. This didn't exactly surprise me.
I should have combed my beard after pulling several sweaters over my head, but I didn't.
In these first few, I practised my dazzling smile. lol
Then I adopted my normal look, which turns out to be a bit scowly even though I don't intend it to be. This is the way that it comes out when I am actually feeling neutral. It's an affliction of sorts as people sometimes think I am feeling grumpy when I am not.
I left the shadow more prominent in the next one for effect.
I also experimented with some props. Here I feign reading the story about The Huron Carol, a Christmas carol that an early catholic priest composed for the Huron tribe.
I just grabbed hold of a cushion for this shot. I forgot to hide my remote shutter release. Silly me.
I am sure this is more of AC than you ever wanted to see, I'll move along quietly now.