iHeartFaces – Self-Portrait

19 Apr

Everything I read is telling me that portraits work best between 55 and 70mm focal length. But when I set my lens to 55mm, to get much of my face in the shot would require the sort of freakishly long arms that would earn me good money in a travelling circus showing off my talent for touching my toes without bending over. There’s not much of my face I can fit in without morphing into some weird looking alien kinda thing. And focussing? Aye right! I resorted to growling at my stinking beloved camera. I quite enjoy insulting inanimate objects,  especially belligerent ones (I suspect these two states are mutually exclusive but ykwim?).

This is as far away from my face as I could get with my unfreakishly short arms and remain vaguely recognisable as me for iHeartFaces self-portrait week. Yeah – I am swearing at gently cajoling my camera – can’t you tell?

Incidentally this is majorly big in the steps type thing as I have spent considerable energy over the last 15 years avoiding being photographed at all costs having knitted cooked myself 60lbs. At first I would simply run away but as I gradually lost the ability to respond like lightning for fear of dropping my sandwich I had to be more creative with finding things I could shove  in front of my face (as opposed to in it). Usually a nearby portable child sufficed (as a barrier, not lunch). It dawned on me recently that if the proverbial bus got me tomorrow there would be little proof of my existence left behind. So I may as well start with a wee example of my gentle cajoling.

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Talking of focal length and freaky morphed things here’s Poggy at 18mm looking, quite frankly, unlike anything I’ve ever given birth to.

thedogSpot the difference? Nah me neither.

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12 Responses to “iHeartFaces – Self-Portrait”

  1. Carebear April 20, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    LOL, love love love the self portrait. I was cracking up so hard by the end of your intro that I almost woke the baby!!! You’re funny girl. And the kid and the dog photos are SO CUTE!!!

  2. Caroline April 20, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Wicked SP – I LOVE it 😀 very courageous!!

  3. Princess K April 20, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    LOL… I love this shot, but what you typed made me laugh out loud! You look wonderful… no more hiding behind little children (definately no eating them) 🙂 GREAT JOB!

  4. chris April 20, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    real funny! you captured the moment! cute photos of the kid too

  5. BlogBaby April 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Baaaaahhhhhaaaa…..I am laughing at….er..WITH you. You are indeed a very funny mommy, my favorite kind!

    Niiice self portrait. Seriously niiice.

    BlogBaby

  6. April April 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh, that one of you is too funny (in a good way, of course!). I love your expression! Both are very good shots!

  7. American in Norway April 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    LOL— Love it! You are funny! & great pictures! So glad I found you blog!

  8. Catherine April 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    I absolutely love the self-portrait! Your expression is priceless and it’s just making me laugh!

  9. theArthurClan April 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Your commentary is cracking me up! I think 99% of us hated this week’s theme…I know I did. But now I’m loving seeing all of you.

    So nice to “meet” you!

    ~Angie
    co-founder of I ? Faces

  10. shae April 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    these are so cute!

  11. Brooke April 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    I love your self-portrait! We all aim to take “glamour” shots of ourselves, and you proudly display a funny face. Love it! And can I say, your writing skills are mad? Your posts are some of the quirkiest ones I’ve read in a long time, and I love it!

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