13.3.05

Hi-key me in front of my PC


I gave up on trying to take pictures of drips... I'm afraid my hand-eye coordination isnit quite up to the job while I'm dosed up with gabapentin, valium and ibuprofen. I discovered that I needed three hands: one to turn the tap on, one to press the shutter release, and a third to hold onto the walking stick. So, several hundred failed attempts later, I decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and went and sat down to rethink my strategy. It did not take long for me to decide that it just wasn't worth the effort, as I don't seem to have the patience that is obviously required for a spectacular shot of dropping water. That is not to say that I won't give it a go at some date in the future, it's just that I don't think that day will be arriving any time soon. I must concentrate on getting mobile again, because the nice weather is returning and the flowers are starting to make their reappearance (I saw fields of crocuses yesterday). I need to be out and about, taking the kind of pictures that I can send to the stock agencies in the hope that they just might sell. Somehow I don't think Blutakbeasts and all the other bits and bobs that I have shot during the past few weeks will appeal (although if the manufacturers of Blutak ever feel like diversifying and make their product appeal to people who like playing with modelling clay, then I might just be in with a chance). Anyway, in the absence of any more creative thoughts, I leave you with a high-key composite of me sitting in my natural environment, holding my two best (inanimate) friends. This image was much more difficult to achieve than its appearance may suggest. It was basically two self-portraits (in itself not an easy thing to do) taken with two different cameras. A total of 30 shots went into this. Here you see me sitting in front of my PC holding both my Fuji (left) - taken with the D70 - and my D70 (right) taken with my Fuji. The best of the resulting images were fitted together and messed about with in PS until I achieved a reasonable join and hi-key finish. So. There you have it. Just don't expect me to do it again any time soon!

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