Never entered a competition before, so I figured if I came up with an idea I should enter this one because it's about self-portraits, and I like whoring myself in front of the camera. I'm my own model all the time, but I never really model as myself, if anyone understood that.
So I turned the mirror to myself and interpretted, and I'm extremely vane so this came into my head. Maybe not really the picture of a winner, but I had really fun with doing this. You always have to tackle yourself with humor.
"My family went to Norway, and all I got was this friggin' balloon "
Another shot from Bergen, Norway (you'll probably see a couple more ). This time, I caught a little brat, being mad because his parents got him a balloon instead of a PSP.
Ahh, you gotta love the youth of today.
(PS: I have a soft spot for balloons, so that's not the last one you'll see either )
Because I have a soft spot for children. And balloons. Mix the two, and you got me chasing this kid down the street to get a clear shot (I'm not kidding, I got *crazy1ady as my witness). Then, when I finally caught up with him, I kneeled in the middle of the street and waited for him to notice me. He did. Several times. This being the last, when he was clearly annoyed with me! The Street Photography contest says I need to tell what motivated me to make the photo... Well, to be honest - I didn't think about making it. There is no time to think in cases like this - just act.
I guess it was all in the moment. A moment, I'm glad I didn't think twice about before shooting.
Where and when taken:
Bergen, Norway - August 24th, 2006.
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/320 second
- Simply Channel Mixer to convert to black and white
- Curves for contrast
- Slight dodge and burn to certain areas
- No cropping, straight from camera
My gingerbread windmill, complete with blades that turn on their very own candy cane axle. It was so much fun to build, from first calculating all the angles on my template to finally adding the fan this afternoon.
7 days to complete, working around my real job (without hassle) and around other family members (with lots of hassle - people were banished from the kitchen at all hours).
10 pieces of gingerbread - 5 walls for the tower, a platform for the cabin, and then four pieces for the walls of that. The roof tiles are two sheets of chocolate I made.
3 batches of royal icing - one for the white highlights and the snowman, one for flooding the pieces blue, and the third for joining the whole thing together.
About half a kilo of chocolate for windows, the door, the blades, and the scrolling on the walls.
The full thing's about 11 inches tall and 7 inches across at the base.
1. My finger . While resizing the cane the knife slipped.
I actually made this cake for christmas last year, but never thought to upload it to deviantart. I came across the pictures recently, and thought I'd share it with everyone.
I made my own paper templates for all the characters and the dog house, and using them made my characters out of gingerbread. I spent hours decorating the characters, but I think they turned out pretty good
Merry Christmas Everyone!!
(not sure if this fits the requirements for the gingerbread house contest, but I thought I'd try!)