Self Portrait 365|31


Denim and a Ponytail

It’s a denim and ponytail kind of day. Probably because I got up at 4.30am this morning, and yesterday morning as well, to catch a Brooke Shaden streamed workshop, broadcast on American time.

I’ve been thinking about the difference between writing and taking photos. There is no way I would get up at 4.30am to watch a show on writing. I just wouldn’t. But photography is different. I could do it, learn about it, look at it, all day. There’s no such thing as a creative block, or forcing myself to get in the mood. I look forward to taking a picture and seeing what I can do with it. I don’t even care if my hair is greasy and my eyes are hanging out of my head.

Perhaps that’s what they mean by passion. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve been excited about what the working day might bring. 

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.

Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.

~ Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswa

What are you passionate about? What would make you get up at 4.30am?


Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/60 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels | De-noise (the painterly effect)
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Forty Niner
Blending Mode: Multiply 60%


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

4 thoughts on “Self Portrait 365|31

  1. I’ve missed you Katie dear! This one makes me laugh. You remind me of Laverne from the Laverne and Shirley show of the 70’s, my favorite! I am behind but am here to make up for it! I understand that passion. I love to look at photography especially nature but I have to honestly admit I suck at it! I do get up at 4 am. every morning (except today) to write and most of the time I don’t feel that much better at that but it’s what I love so I get up early just to get those precious 4 hours to myself everyday.

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