Self Portrait

I was finally able to find a wireless remote shutter release that works with the 5d and that has focusing function. Best of all, I bought it used for very little money. It’s the Vello Freewave and I put it to test as soon as it arrived today. I’m happy to report that it works beautifully. I have a Canon brand IR shutter release for my old t2i, and it caused me a lot of headache – not only did I have to always point it straight at the camera (because, well, IR), but I also had to set up a dummy to get the focus right before getting in the frame, and even then, the focal point on the final image was often not what I intended it to be. The Vello works just like the camera shutter – you press the shutter release button down half way to fucus, and all the way to take the photo. It also operates on RF, not IR, so interference in line of sight between the remote and the camera is not an issue.

This is one of the first shots I took with the remote. In post processing of close-up portraits of people whose skin has started to develop signs of aging, including myself, I used to try to remove as many of those signs as I could while still maintaining a “natural” look. I’ve changed my mind about that. I find that crow’s feet around eyes and other signs of aging are really nothing to be ashamed of and, in fact, give character to faces. Although more often than not, I do remove pores that tend to become exaggeratedly prominent in close-up portraits.

So here is me, with crow’s feet and small bags under my eyes, probably caused by the baby that still gets up at least four times every night to feed, and other imperfections in my face, and no make up.

(67mm, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/160 sec)

Self Portrait 1

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