Self Portrait 365|13

by Katie Paul on November 1, 2014

after the beach

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…
― Wilferd Peterson

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/20 sec
ISO speed: ISO-200
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Aged Softly
Blending Mode: Soft Light 100%

 

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Self Portrait 365|12

by Katie Paul on October 31, 2014

straight

Way Too Straight

I look way too put together in this photo, as though I were heading off for a job interview in a corporate office. Someone needs to mess up my straight hair. I’m much more dishevelled than this image portrays.

“Humans are pretty complicated,” I said.
“No, Boy. Rain-forest ecosystems are complicated. Humans are just a mess.”
― Jon Skovron, Man Made Boy

October Portraits

It is the last day of October and do you know what I’m excited about? My monthly collage. There’s only 12 this month because I started late, but next month there will be 30.

October Collage

I’ve also decided that when a year is up, I’m going to get all of my photos printed into one huge print, frame it and put it on the wall. This is more interesting than I could have ever imagined.

How was your October? What are you looking forward to in November?

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/30 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Duplicate layer : Gaussian blur | Blend mode: Overlay 69%

 

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Self Portrait 365|11

by Katie Paul on October 30, 2014

the shirt

Dreams

I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.
– Emily Bronte

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.2
Exposure time: 1/60 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Antique Jade
Blending Mode: Multiply 56%

 

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Self Portrait 365|10

by Katie Paul on October 29, 2014

the bedouin

The Bedouin

You, who have left behind the confusion of your youth, now stare at a future shorter than your past. You hear the call of the desert, the relentless beating of the hot sun, the crisp dry sand beneath your feet. It asks you to leave behind the comfort of your furniture and your gadgets, and venture out into the heat of midday.

You feel the scorching earth absorb the damp worries about who you are and what you’ve done, leaving only thoughts of survival. Will you cross the great divide from what you know to what is yet unknown, taking with you only enough water to quench your thirst?

You hear the wind whisper the location of vast treasures along the way — great jeweled chests of love emerging from the sand, and mountains of wisdom in hidden caves.

And when emerge from the fire, you will be purified and focused. You will see water and light and vegetation with fresh eyes. Your parched throat and peeling lips will rejoice at the coolness of an ice-cube.

Take the path that leads from the city to the wilderness, and shrug your shriveled story from your shoulders.

You are the Bedouin.

“Don’t think about what you’ve left behind,” the alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/60 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Diva
Blending Mode: Multiply 65%

 

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Self Portrait 365|9

by Katie Paul on October 28, 2014

mint green
If you search for the words “selfie and self-esteem” on the internet, the results are disturbing. It would seem that taking and sharing photos of oneself is an indicator of mental illness – in particular, body dysmorphia. Although I am no scientist, I fear the researchers are missing an important perspective.

I see taking a self-portrait as something that counteracts the ‘inner gaze’. We all have a mental picture of what we look like in our head (and what we see in the mirror) and I’m guessing that for most women over the age of thirty, it’s not a particular flattering one. By taking a photo of a moment frozen in time, we are given the opportunity to view ourselves from the outside — to contemplate the ordinary and familiar as a work of art, and a thing of unique beauty.

When I see myself on the screen (and in this photo in particular), I am astonished that what is showing up is more than just physical. Somehow, behind my eyes, beneath my skin, in the space that I occupy, there is an intangible presence. I am reminded that I don’t need any particular reason to exist, it is simply enough that I do.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Can a photo capture someone’s essence or is it just a recording of our external form?

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.2
Exposure time: 1/25 sec
ISO speed: ISO-125
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow 40% | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Tempus Fugit
Blending Mode: Multiply 76%

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Self Portrait 365|8

by Katie Paul on October 27, 2014

singular
It’s a black and white, no smiling kind of day. Today it feels self-indulgent and vain to flood my blog with pictures of myself. Why would anyone want to look at them?

Life is both sad and solemn. We are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other – and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.
― Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

Anyway … I made myself a new watermark/logo with a font called Kamera Ding (look in the top left hand corner). Fonts make me happy. I know — I’m weird.

Are you getting sick of this project yet?
Do you have any requests or ideas?

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/4
Exposure time: 1/20 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow 40% | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Diva
Blending Mode: Multiply 43%

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