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© Andrea Petersen
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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. and a light unto my path...Psalms 119: 105

My sister, gave me an Ideals book entitled: "Memories of Times Past" and she also gave me the calendar on the wall as Christmas gifts. I did this self portrait this afternoon as a tribute to her for all the good memories that we have shared in the past and in the present.

I wanted to recreate an old time portrait with existing light and I stopped down
to F/16 which required a very slow shutter speed of 1/1 second. I am using my late mother's touch lamp on the stand as my source of light .

Thank you so much Patty Gross for your generous spotlight on this portrait.

27 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    wonderful tribute to your sister! i love the nostalgic spin that you put on this photo. Very nice!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    You are getting really good at these "nostalgia" shots!! BTW, my mother-in-law always wanted a new Ideals every year for Christmas.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    An exceptional representation of the book title!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    Love the whole mood here Andrea!!! Very well done!!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    Very nice!!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (31 Jan 2012):

    You certainly achieved the effect you were looking for.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    fantastic job on this Andrea. if it wasn't for the year on the calendar it would be hard to guess when this photo was taken!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    You do this so well... and you also look awesome ;)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham   gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    A beautiful tribute and self portrait. The lighting is very warm and cozy. Excellent.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    Excellent lighting.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Feb 2012):


  • Lanis Rossi

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    You've captured the essence perfectly!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    This is your signature style, Andrea. You have achieved perfection. You should really be illustrating short stories, novels, etc.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Feb 2012):

    Thank you everyone for your comments on this impromptu portrait that I set up yesterday..I moved the table out of the way as I wanted just to show a simple old fashioned scene and there is not a lot of room to work with in our older house.... Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I might surprise my sister with making this into a card for her...We exchange cards every year. I wish I would have remembered to remove the bulky socks underneath the long skirt:...thank goodness my feet are in the shadows. LOL

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    Well you have certainly achieved lighting and comp perfection....lovely memories to have

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    You do these so beautifully! I love the way you take us back in time.

  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    This is a lovely tribute to your sister! The lighting really enhances the old-fashioned feel of this beautiful image!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (2 Feb 2012):

    Lovely... and I am relishing the technical tip! Thank you, Andrea.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Feb 2012):

    This is a wonderful self portrait, Andrea! The light is wonderful! I love how you let your hair down in this sp!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    This is such a beautiful old-fashioned looking portrait. The sepia tones work very well in giving it such an antique look. This is a teriffic tribute to your sister : )

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    What a remarkable talent you have, Andrea. This photo is so beautiful, enchanting really. I love the light in it and the Ideals and calendar. What a beautiful lady you are! My mother always had Christmas Ideals, and she would read to us "Annie and Willie's Prayer" from it. I never forgot that poem, nor did I ever tire of Christmas Ideals. One of your greatest shots!!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (8 Feb 2012):


  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    This is absolutely fabulous! I love the scene, the mood, the composition, the story, and the expression. I just all around LOVE this shot!!! Amazing work :D

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Such a lovely tribute to your sister. A wonderful vintage look.

  • indrajit nag

    indrajit nag gave props (20 Feb 2012):


  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (22 Mar 2016):

    Captivating !!!!

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