Monday, October 24, 2016

Self-Portrait and Other Things

I am not photogenic. I don't know why, but whenever I see photos of myself I cringe. Either I don't know what I look like or the camera always manages to capture me in some weird moment. I remember reading once about people who always seem to get photographed in some way that doesn't capture their best features, assuming they have any. Hah! So, anyway, I decided to play the other day, trying to photograph myself in the mirror. It was fun. I'm a total goofball. Here's what I came up with. Do I look like any of these? Maybe. My mom likes the middle one, and Roger and I like the last one. The first pic is the first pic when I was trying to figure out how to get me centered in the photo and have the camera to one side and not have me looking at the screen to see what was going on. I think I captured that moment pretty well. What do you think?

The fall weather and light has truly transformed the skies here. We've even seen part of a parhelic circle and a sundog. I can't tell you how happy this stuff makes me. Oh yes I can, and I know you already know!
 There have been beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets. (I'll post those in the end of the month photos.) I even got to show my mom her very first 22 degree halo. She loved it. I photographed it a short while after this photo with a beautiful display of iridescent clouds, but I can't seem to get the iridescence to show up in the photo as I saw it with my eyes. I'm working on it.

There have been some cloud formations that struck me as utterly beautiful. I've been running outside every five minutes to take a look. I couldn't imagine what it might be like to be indoors when something like this is going on right over our house. To me it is the very essence of awesome!

We're in for more rain over the next few days. I'll be looking for rainbows and surprises in the sky. We're in for two more weeks of election season antics. I'll keep looking for rainbows!

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  1. Self-portrait: Adorbz! And cool sky shots.

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    1. isabelita-- Thank you! I was just playing around. Glad you liked the cool sky.

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  2. You're brave! Most photos of me get deleted the moment I get my hands on them.

    I agree; the third one is the best. And I like the effect of double facing mirrors; each photo has the back of your head, and then your double, peeking out from behind the artwork. :)

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    1. Susannah-- I really do cringe at photos of myself. This was a test of my endurance. Hah! I liked setting up the image so there were reflections in reflections. Thank you for noticing.

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  3. I'm the kind of person who occasionally catches sight of my own reflection in some unexpected place and thinks: "Who is that weird person, they look familiar but....oh, it's me!" People who always look good in photos probably practise for hours in front of the mirror - I'd rather be looking out for rainbows.

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    1. John-- You do make me laugh! Thank you for that. I just try to avoid being in front of the camera at all times. I've got my eyes on the sky.

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  4. Good looking pictures, Robin.

    I think most women have problems with their pictures. I had this for ever and when I look at pictures of myself from years back, pictures I absolutely hated because I felt they made me look awful, I actually like them a lot.

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    1. Sabine-- I'm glad you liked the photos. It was fun trying to capture myself without looking at the screen. I may have to go back to old photos and see what I think!

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  5. I think you look pretty darn cute in all those. The second one is my fave. I know what you mean, though, about not being photogenic. I'm not. I've always figured it's because I hate having my picture taken and that must translate through film or something. Those are some great cloud shots.

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    1. Sharon-- Awww, thank you for that. I always wonder it means to be photogenic, and how we know we're not. I have always hated having my photo taken. Mmm?

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  6. The last is the best. However, I agree with your Mom that the middle one is my favorite. Still, it is hard not to like them all.

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    1. Colette-- Thank you! The photo of you on your blog the other day inspired me to do this.

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  7. Fun to try stuff like that. I used to like photos of myself a lot. Now not so much but it's not the old age so much as the getting fat. I still can't see myself as apparently am after some bouts of prednisone and a foot problem that has limited walking. Who is that woman? Oh wait, it's me ;(

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    1. Rain-- I never did like photos of myself. And as I've gotten older, I like them even less. I'm not sure why? I see myself differently from how the camera always captures me. Weird.

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  8. I like all of them. Serious and concentrating, surprised, excited, happy and laughing. It's almost like having a conversation with you over a cup of tea or in my case coffee. I don't even take selfies unless coerced by my grandkids. Whenever I come across my reflection there's always some crazy lady looking back at me. Kind of frightening. I think my mirror is possessed.

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    1. jsk-- I love what you wrote! Makes me want to have a cup of tea/coffee with you. I wish you weren't so far away. I know what you mean about seeing the crazy lady in the mirror. I see her all the time too.

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  9. I love them all.I agree that it feels rather like having a conversation over a cup of something.The last is my favorite. You look relaxed, like you figured it out. ;-) Your visions of the sky are, as always amazing and I thank you for sharing.

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    1. Kate-- Thank you so much for such kind words. I think you are right about a more relaxed look on the last one. So glad you like the sky photos too.

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  10. Wonderful, expressive selfies! The last one says "Robin" to me more than the others, but that's silly because they're all you!

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    1. Jennifer-- I like what you write, "they're all you." Yes, exactly. But most photos capture the expressions that I want no one else to see. That wicked witch in the mirror me! Hah.

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  11. I feel the same way about photos of me, and yet I want to have them to confirm my existence or something, to feel that "I was there" at a particular time. I especially cherish photos of me with people I love. Anyway, I love these photos of you. The last is my favorite, too. And the
    clouds are amazing!

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    1. Maryanne-- I like your attitude about photos very much. I may adopt that so I will look forward to being in front of the camera. Thank you!

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  12. I like the middle and the last pic. They look like you! I've seen some sweet photos of you over the years, so I don't get why you say you are not photogenic. But I'm that way with the sound of my voice -- I don't like it. I want it to sound like it sounds to me. Always felt that way, even as a kid when I would play "radio dj" with my dad's reel to reel recorder. Funny that I ended up as a DJ in real life for a time!

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    1. Tara-- I love the sound of your voice. Isn't it funny how we perceive things about ourselves differently from how people see us from the outside? If we were still neighbors I would say that you and I should do a radio show together!

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  13. Very clever how your own reflection is photo bombing your pictures. I liked the middle one at first but then the last one looked more relaxed as well as happy. Thanks for giving us a peek.

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    1. Patti-- I'm glad you noticed that. I liked that bit of the photo too. I think it's good for us to "see" each other every now and then. Last week's anniversary pic made me want to get a much better shot!

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  14. Robin, you and I share a love of the sky. Oh, and I chuckled at your little self portrait endeavor.

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    1. Paul-- We do share a love of the sky. It just happened one day for me; I saw something that I hadn't seen before. It wasn't a rainbow or a halo, and it was beautiful. It became my obsession with our planet and the atmosphere. Glad you liked my little self portrait endeavor. It was fun!

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  15. I like them all, Robin! And your photos of the sky always delight me.

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    1. John-- Thank you so much. It really is a challenge for me to post photos of myself. So glad you liked the sky pics too.

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  16. Well, I kind of laughed with delight at the many views of you! I cannot believe that you think you're not photogenic: I'd give my eyeteeth to look as beautiful as you are. It looks like a strip of photos from a professional photo shoot for the cover of your new album. You'll send an advance copy to Tara, who will spin it, you heard it here first! and next thing you know, you'll be featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. If those photos can create a story like that in mere seconds in a random person's brain, you know they are great.
    Someone recently took my photo, posed, with my eighth grade French teacher. He's really into stupid posed looking-at-the-camera photos of himself with everybody he knows. I LOATHE those kinds of photos! A friend took the photo ... a friend! ... and still she sent him the one where I'm looking away from the camera, looking like I'm sucking on a lemon. It. Is. Horrid. I do best when I'm photographed with a dog.
    What a wonderful run of atmospheric beauties in such a short time! I would love to be beside you seeing so much beautiful sky. To pop the color, boost saturation in the channels for the colors you want to bring out, then slightly decrease the luminance/luminosity/brightness (could be called any of those things) for those same channels.

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  17. CCorax-- You made me laugh. I love your story! It makes me want to put out an album, and I don't even sing or play an instrument. How's that for inspiration! I would love to see the photo of you and your 8th grade French teacher. I think it would be a grand trend to post our least favorite photos of ourselves. And thank you for the suggestion of saturating certain hues and colors. That's a grand idea. I'll give it a try.

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  18. Selfies are kinda like hearing your recorded voice. It's jarring, and almost never in a pleasant way.

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  19. I just love the photo-bombing Robin in the pictures. What wonderful skies you have seen. Because of you I look up at the skies far more often. Thanks for that.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- So glad you liked my photobombed self-portrait! I love that you look up at the skies there. Always a work of art.

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  20. I like them, Robin.
    And I agree with your Mom, the middle one is my favorite!
    Love the sky photos too.

    Thanks for your nice comment about the orchid!
    Wishing you all a lovely week.

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  21. Sonia-- Glad you liked these photos! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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