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© Andrea Petersen
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Let your light so shine that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven...Matthew 5:16
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This afternoon we had a big hail storm..We had just returned home from grocery shopping and barely got in the house.

I ran upstairs with the intention of shooting the hail stones with my camera out the window from a higher angle. I definitely had no intentions of doing a self portrait today, but since I had my Tamron 70-300 lens on my camera I decided to do a little practicing with low lighting to see how my new lens would work ...I only had one lamp as my main source of light and I shot this self portrait in the dressing table mirror..I decided to use it for the Meta Theme which I didn't have an entry for at the moment. I think it portrays who I am in a natural sense, experimenting with photography and playing with the light.

I am mostly amazed that there was no camera shake since I did not have my tripod along with me upstairs and this was hand held. It is a very impromptu portrait...no makeup and not dressed up..

No flash...one desk lamp
Focal length 70mm
F-number F/7.1
Exposure time 1/50 sec.
ISO speed 800
Manual Focus

23 responses

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    It seems to portray you really well and you also look fantastic without make up!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (9 Apr 2011):

    Thank you for your comment, Joerg...That's why I love existing light rather than
    harsh flash for my age...It is much softer lighting and it is more natural light. I
    prefer manual focus over auto focus for portraiture.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    great sp... lighting working well for this

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    You are def. the queen of SPs!! Great job

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    A beautiful SP, Andrea, and the lighting is perfect! (If I did an SP 'au natural' I'd have to submit it to the 'Creepy' theme!!)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Apr 2011):

    Oh Susan....You are a beautiful lady and I could never see your SP in a creepy
    theme ....If only I had one ounce of your talent and your imagination...Who else
    but you could think of all the different ways to present bees. You are amazing!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Well done!! These are tricky shots to begin with.. but you've done a wonderful job using low light.. This is truly a lovely SP, Andrea!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    This is wonderful!!! It is more difficult to get good lighting with a telephoto. Especially in low light. You nailed it!!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    You are a stylish model Andrea !!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Lovely mood.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    beautiful color & light.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Great Entry!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    The lighting IS wonderful, love how you positioned your arms and fingers, I swear you look younger every day..

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Love the camera :) Great SP Andrea!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Fantastic !

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    A really beautiful self portrait Andrea!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Beautiful composition! Very romantic! And very stylish (I agree with Rajeev)!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2011):

    I love this natural look, Andrea! You look very young in your casual style, and the lighting is very soft and flattering. One of you best s/p's in my opinion. Very, very beautiful!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Apr 2011):

    beautiful and well composed self portrait!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (16 Apr 2011):

    You look fantastic. Wonderful lighting. Love your hat.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (20 Apr 2011):

    I like this one a lot!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    You look like a fashion model on a photoshoot! Brilliant!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Apr 2011):

    Meta magic.

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