Saturday, May 15, 2021

Photography Scavenger Hunt Round 31: Self Portrait

 The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us.  This is my entry for the word "self portrait" 

I do a fair amount of self portraiture work, so this category should not be much of a problem for me.  However my creative core crinkles when given an obvious direction, so I decided to do something a little different.  It's not that I didn't want to do a self portrait (I did one for another shot this round, after all), but I wanted to be a little unique and outside-the-box-thinky. So I decided to turn the concept on its side a bit and show Deadpool taking his own photo, showing the back of his camera in the process.

I have a scale camera I could use, so my original thought was to simply pose Deadpool holding that camera.  Then take another of Deadpool to show in the back screen. Composite the two together and I'd be done.  Should take all of 40 minutes to knock this sucker out.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

So I set up the shot and...

... uh... crap.

Turns out the back of the toy camera looks like a dogs breakfast when up close.  This will not do.  No amount of Photoshop is gonna make that look good.  This is what  Micheal Jackson's plastic surgeon on the 8th nose-lift must have felt like... The best one could do is make him look like a slightly less creepy dancing pedophile.  That doesn't fit my vision at all for this shot!

Time to switch some gears and do this in a triple layer composite.

I started by taking an unplanned photo of the back of my camera with my cell phone, like this one (but not exactly this one as I used a different one, but you get the idea):

Then I took a shot of Deadpool to show in the rear screen:

Then some composite time in Photoshop and I had this knocked out.  Took more like 2 hours than 40 minutes, but I am pleased with the results: