Self Portrait 365|30


The Stars

This photo didn’t turn exactly how I wanted it. I was playing with a hair-flip and a graphic overlay. My perfectionist tendencies made me want to scrap the whole thing, but then I thought I might look back at it and giggle at my first attempt to be more abstract and creative.

I like how the stars look almost as if they are painted on parts of my face and chest.


We don’t look at the stars in the universe and say how tragic they are, how bruised they are, even though that is what they are. We look at them and speak of the beauty they contain. The inspiration they give us.

Even though stars are the scars of the universe we don’t see them as these broken pieces of gaseous matter, we see them as these majestic astrological blessings that give hope to billions. What if you saw yourself in that same light, or better yet what if you saw others in a similar way.

~ Ricky Maye


Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/125 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : Star Map and French Kiss Texture Fantin
Blending Mode: Multiply 20%


About KatieP

Embracing my midlife sexy while exploring modern love & relationships • Devoted to all things beautiful • Master of Arts in creative writing & non-fiction writing

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