It had been almost a full year since I last shot a self-portrait, despite the fact that I have had the itch to create one for months. Last Friday evening I finally had some time to kill, and someone to assist, so we went out into the woods and took advantage of the perfect light.
I’ve been going back and forth on the editing of this one, so I may potentially post the original in the near future, as well as some others from the shoot that turned out, and maybe even some behind the scenes images.
I want on a kind of spur of the moment photo adventure with some friends this afternoon. We walked through some woods, got muddy feet, washed them in a fountain, and walked along a lake. And the weather was absolutely beautiful. It was a nearly perfect day.
I had quite a few shots I really liked, and that were more “me” but I really liked the lines and texture in this one.
I went on a super short hike today at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is a fairly large place, with no houses around for a while. I was walking pretty quick because the trails were closing in a half hour, but I looked to the side of the trail and saw this cat. It was so incredibly random! I squatted down, and the cat gradually and reluctantly made his way to me, and once he was all the way he started rubbing on my legs like no other cat has done before. He just kept going in circles around me. Eventually I stood up to take pictures, and every once in a while he would put his front paws all the way up on my thigh. He was extremely friendly, but any sudden movement and noise and he started to move away very quickly.
More pictures to come from my little hike later on.
I finally managed to get out to the Red River Gorge! I had been wanting to go pretty much since it warmed up this spring, and just never had time or anyone to go with. Well today I decided to make time, and I needed some time to clear my head, and so going alone was absolutely perfect. It was such a great day out there, and I didn’t have to deal with many other people on my hike.
This image was really more of an experiment than anything else, and it just happened to turn out decent. Technically speaking it really isn’t great at all, but, I am just in love with it. It is about 25 images stitched together in photoshop with a slight boost of contrast.
Since I was stuck laying on the ground while my friend attached string to me (from the “Bleed” photo shoot), I resorted to taking pictures to give myself something to do. I got a little more “experimental” than I usually do with my shots, mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t able to look where I was shooting for a lot of them.
I have had this shot in mind for quite a few weeks, and finally got around to it this weekend. It isn’t quite as relevant as it was when I thought of it, but still is packed with meaning for me.
This may have been the longest it has ever taken to set up one of my pictures too. I had scoped out the location a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t waste time trying to find one. But, once we got on location, I had to find the right angle for the camera, and then the right angle for me to lay down. Once I figured that out, I laid down amidst countless spiders and other creepy crawlies, and my friend attached red yarn to me and the trees around me. It was weird for me to not be the one physically setting up the shot, and I just had to lay there and direct him since I was attached to branches all around. It rained fairly hard twice while I was laying there, and I flicked off quite a few spiders throughout the process.
Overall it was quite the shoot. I wish that the yarn was more visible and obvious, and pulled tighter to prevent the slack, but it is just yet another lesson learned.
This weekend I went on a mini spring break trip to Gatlinburg, TN with a group of some great friends. I had wanted smoke bombs for pictures for a long time, and since I was in TN I just had to buy some. This is not anywhere near my original idea, but I kind of love how it turned out.
Big, big thanks to all the helpers I had for this picture! I couldn’t have done it without you guys!