Random Self-Portrait

I’ve always had trouble doing a self-portrait. I never know how to pose myself or how I should smile… or not smile. After seeing my portraits, most people ask why I look so mad? Not mad… just an expression-less look on my face. I need to actually look up how to do this on the Internet. In this case I was working on a focus technique that uses a string tied to the camera with a mark on it that has been pre-focused. I setup the camera, and held the string up and lined up the mark with the side of my eye, dropped the string, and tripped the shutter. I think there’s some merit to this approach, but I barely missed the focus as it was a bit further back.

Check out the full size image on Flickr and zoom right in. The aperture was wide open at f/4.7 giving a VERY narrow depth of field (my best guess is about 1cm maximum). Need to work on this method more. In the meantime, here’s my other attempts at taking at self-portraits.

Camera: Pacemaker Crown Graphic 4×5
Lens: Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7
Film: Ilford FP4 Plus 125
Shutter Speed: 1/25s
Aperture: f/4.7
Developer: Kodak HC-110 (Dilution B) @ 20.6C for 8:34 minutes
Scanner: Epson V850
Catalog ID: 2019-Sheet-019

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