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Art and Soul Festival in Oakland

October 16th, 2004

Positively Giddy
This week's assignment for the Photographing People class is to shoot a self portrait every day for seven days. We have a choice: a photograph that illustrates the first thought we have when we awake in the morning, even if that thought is the same thought (“must feed little Emmy, must feed little Emmy....”); another person in your life; or, a reflection of yourself in exactly the same place. Hi, ho. “A reflection of yourself in exactly the same place.”

Reflection. I've shot self portraits in the mirror. Once. Twice. I'm going with self portraits in the same location with elements in the images that add an artsy fartsy aspect. Who am I and all that. Who I kid myself I am (thank you mam, pass the jam). This class is more interesting than I'd imagined.

The photographic session with MSB went well. We met out at the Emeryville Marina and did the whole thing in about thirty minutes. It's obvious she's done this before as every pose was both subtle and interesting and every image in the viewfinder looked good. Now, how good was the photographer? Exposure, for example? I was a little worried about exposure (for example). I was winging it. Whenever have I ever winged it? I used one F5 with a 28 - 70mm f 2.8 lens and another F5 with a 135mm f 2.0. The 135 of all of the whatever number of lenses I possess is the lens I use most often.

I'll know how they turned out tomorrow when I see the negatives. A start. Three more sessions coming up under the studio lights here in the apartment. Business attire, sports attire and casual. Practice, youngster. Take notes. Make more appointments with other willing subjects. Practice. Can't be any worse than troubleshooting computers.

You're rambling.

Yes, I am. This has been a good weekend for cleaning up the work area, putting things in their proper places, purchasing more three ring binders, filing dusty papers, burning CD's promised but never delivered, running prints and printing labels. I feel positively giddy.

The banner photograph was taken at the Oakland Art and Soul Festival with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens at ISO 200.