I'd wanted to do a bit of a parody of an overdone and very cliched shot. Sadly, I'm a slow thinker, and I'm awful at self-portraits. My patience for doing them is shorter than my attention span. By the time I'd figured it out, the sun was too high in the sky, and I'd be freaking forever softening the shadows in the edit. And besides, there's no mature content warning about looking at old farts, even if you call me a 'mature' fart. So I just said "screw it" and pulled on an old shirt. I'm number 5 today, apparently.
I still have to do the yardwork, but I thought I'd get this done beforehand, because afterward, I'll just be covered in plant snot and protein.
I have had a few requests for larger size image for the use as wallpapers computer . So over the next few weeks will resize and uplpad selected images to my blog: kirkhille.wordpress.com/ at the wallpaper page on (Link on the top right) which people will be able to use .
Self portrait taken under the starry night sky along side the milky-way.
Technical details: 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40L @ 20mm, 16min, f/8, ISO800 My girlfriend helped by shining an LED light on my back to light me up. I'm glad this one turned out, because I was freezing standing there still.
I am finally back from my ( too short ) trip to Patagonia ( Chile & Argentina ) this mid April 2011
let me tell you a short story behind this image .. with my poor english ( I am sorry for that )
The night before we were backpacking in "Chileno " camp , shelter already closed .. no one around .. alone in the dark forest by the river . this night was frozen , the temperature reached - 6 ° C . we were supposed to get up very early ( 5.30 AM ) to have the time to reach the peaks for sunrise ...
My friend Cyril has left the tent during the night because he was too cold .. I was looking for him at 5.30 AM .. I saw something like his headlight in the night .. I called him but no one answered ..
Then I realized .. this is not my friend and his lamp ... these are EYES .. of a creature .. staring at me .. and now it approach .. I stepped back in the tent .. with moonlight I saw the shape of a big cat x4 .. a PUMA , in fact .. ! mmh I don't know the danger about this animal .. and I am a very anxious person .. So it was a special moment !
we finally reached the peaks just before this clear sunrise after 2h route in the forests and rocks .
The original french text is visible on my facebook page or my website ..
This is TORRES DEL PAINE . CHILE .
This image, even though maybe a bit classical in its vision , is unfortunatly almost the only one on which we can really behold the magnificience and surreal appearance of these unearthly peaks ..
We had terrible conditions during our trek , very heavy bags ( 25 Kg ) and too fast and tired on the tracks .. I would have love to capture these landscapes with dramatic light and abstract vision but I definetly need more time in the field , .. to compose, to FEEL nature around.
I hope to go back for at least 1 month .
I still have the idea of organizing a workshop there, it would be amazing ; you can send me a note if you feel interested to learn photography in these areas with me .
If you are interested to buy the picture, I have the same without the person ( me ) .
'Set the controls for the heart of the sun'... Good old Pink Floyd song. Thought the title suited this image, seeing though I was getting ready for sunrise and madly getting excited. Not every day do I shoot sunrise..
This is actually full moon an hour before sunrise.