As I almost always have the camera in my hand, I don’t get as many pictures of Christine and myself as I’d like. Although there’s usually someone willing to take my camera in hand and point it at us, there are fewer that are comfortable even holding it, and to be honest about it, I’m also very protective of my equipment.
So….I take our picture more often than anyone else. Sometimes I simply set the camera up, hold it at arms length, and fire away.
This one came from King Richard’s Faire last weekend. One of the problems with this is that I can’t see what’s behind us as I’m pressing the shutter. I took a passerby out of this one using GIMP.
Mirrors are sometimes fun as well. Adding another dimension to the photograph gives it a little kick, and brings a touch more interest to it. I think that we’ll probably remember taking this type of photograph a little better as well. (Thank God Christine puts up with these attempts!)
There’s also always the camera’s self-timer. Of course you have to find a spot to place the camera, but even more importantly, you have to picture yourself in the frame. I have to admit I cheat a little. most times I’ll frame the picture a little bit wider than I want it, and plan to crop it later. This shot was taken in a field by a lighthouse in Portland. There had been a wedding earlier that day, and we couldn’t resist the archway that had been used. The light wasn’t the best, giving us some heavy shadow, but it was fun!
Of course, I also like to use any kind of reflective surface that might work to give us a self-portrait, like a porthole…
…which certainly didn’t give us the best image, but it was a great day, and this photo is a good memory of it!
We’ve also been captured on a store’s security video screen, a truck fender, and a subway car window!
Anyway, the point is, don’t be afraid to experiment, don’t be afraid to try something new, and thank the lord if you have someone that puts up with your attempts to be creative.