Living Room Self Portraits


cardiffgareth

Link Posted 16/04/2020 - 19:15
Bored so took some self portraits as well as some of my wife.

Pentax K1, D FA 24-70mm, Godox AD200 flash 1/8th power, X Pro trigger. Camera set to "X" for fastest flash sync @ 1/200 sec, ISO 100 & f9
Manual focus, pre focused on a light stand. Camera set to fire with small hand remote.

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Living Room Self Portraits by Gareth Williams, on Flickr

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Living Room Self Portraits by Gareth Williams, on Flickr

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Living Room Self Portraits by Gareth Williams, on Flickr

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Living Room Self Portraits by Gareth Williams, on Flickr

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Living Room Self Portraits by Gareth Williams, on Flickr
Gareth
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My outfit: K1 gripped - K3ii - two Z-1P - Pentax D FA 24-70mm - Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM - Pentax modified DA* 60-250mm f4 - Irix 15mm Firefly - Pentax FA 35mm - FA 50mm - Sigma EX 20mm - FA 28-70mm f4 - Tamron SP 90mm macro - Pentax AF 540 FGZ II

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RobL

Link Posted 16/04/2020 - 19:30
Nice shots Gareth. When I did a self portrait for my passport photo I used an ipad on my lap paired to the K1, it worked a treat with touch screen focus and remote trigger.

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 16/04/2020 - 21:24
Thanks Rob,
I did toy with using the app and my phone but didn't take me long to fine tune where to stand and focal length so easier to use the small Pentax O-RC1 remote in the hand. Prefocused and set to MF so all good there
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My outfit: K1 gripped - K3ii - two Z-1P - Pentax D FA 24-70mm - Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM - Pentax modified DA* 60-250mm f4 - Irix 15mm Firefly - Pentax FA 35mm - FA 50mm - Sigma EX 20mm - FA 28-70mm f4 - Tamron SP 90mm macro - Pentax AF 540 FGZ II

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stub

Link Posted 16/04/2020 - 22:13
Nice set... Great Rembrandt light on the first 2. I must get back into doing more when the virus is worked out..
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Nigelk

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 09:05
Very brooding/moody your self portraits. I can't help but notice that your wife is more attractive than you. Nice set Gareth

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LennyBloke

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 09:12
Nigelk wrote:
Very brooding/moody your self portraits. I can't help but notice that your wife is more attractive than you. Nice set Gareth



These are a nice little set Gareth - I think the first one has the edge, the only thing I would suggest is to wear a black top - the skin tones (which are perfectly lit) are too close in shade to your top so the eye is drawn away a little (IMO)
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swarf

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 10:43
Nice set - # 2 just edges it for me, but they all work well.

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 11:03
Thanks all, appreciate the comments

stub wrote:
Nice set... Great Rembrandt light on the first 2. I must get back into doing more when the virus is worked out..

Thanks Hope you're well Stuart.

Nigelk wrote:
Very brooding/moody your self portraits. I can't help but notice that your wife is more attractive than you. Nice set Gareth

I think it's the lighting

LennyBloke wrote:

These are a nice little set Gareth - I think the first one has the edge, the only thing I would suggest is to wear a black top - the skin tones (which are perfectly lit) are too close in shade to your top so the eye is drawn away a little (IMO)

T-shirt colour was carefully worked out as a white T would have been too stark and bright and the feel of the image lost with it competing for photo real estate. Black also wouldn't work as the image then it too dark, the beard doesn't stand out and gets lost and you run the risk of being a floating head. Grey works as its not too bright it over powers and not too dark it renders as black and doesn't give a tone or texture.

swarf wrote:
Nice set - # 2 just edges it for me, but they all work well.

Phil

Thanks Phil. The strong no eye contact look aka what's that on the floor down there
Gareth
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My outfit: K1 gripped - K3ii - two Z-1P - Pentax D FA 24-70mm - Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM - Pentax modified DA* 60-250mm f4 - Irix 15mm Firefly - Pentax FA 35mm - FA 50mm - Sigma EX 20mm - FA 28-70mm f4 - Tamron SP 90mm macro - Pentax AF 540 FGZ II

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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 19:31
Great set this Gareth... very brave to go the self portrait route in the first place, and doubly so to be so bold in its execution... really like them... particularly your first 3 shots... I'm not a big portrait shooter, so can't discuss technically I'm afraid... but I love how you've taken the camera on... it's not an easy thing to do, that... of the two more direct shots (1 and 3), I particularly like the first, but the second, even though it's more indirect and your gaze is directed at the floor, is also very strong... you have great focus, and energy... congrats...

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 20/04/2020 - 20:15
Thanks Bill

I didn't need much encouragement to get in front of the camera and look moody! My wife on the other hand ...
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philstaff

Link Posted 25/04/2020 - 09:34
Very nice collection number 3 says to me don't cross me. I wouldn't dream of it LOL

Regards Ian

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pschlute

Link Posted 25/04/2020 - 15:48
1and 3 are masterful Gareth. Some of the portrait greats would have proud of those
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bforbes

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 11:40
Great images all round. It's the lighting and of course the models.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 17:39
It all looks good, the deep brooding atmosphere and you have managed to get enough light to the eyes each time. I like the background as well, sort of a wispy smokiness going on.

And I really like F9, that is a great aperture, more people should be using F9 that's for sure!

I see you've gone to Godox.... Seems to be an ongoing trend as they are offering more and more to Pentax users.
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 27/04/2020 - 13:28
philstaff wrote:
Very nice collection number 3 says to me don't cross me. I wouldn't dream of it LOL

Regards Ian

Ha, my mean and moody face but alas the beard got chopped so now I don't look so Sons on Anarchy

pschlute wrote:
1and 3 are masterful Gareth. Some of the portrait greats would have proud of those

Thanks Peter

bforbes wrote:
Great images all round. It's the lighting and of course the models.

Thanks Barrie, well, one of us is model material and I don't think it was me!

McGregNi wrote:
It all looks good, the deep brooding atmosphere and you have managed to get enough light to the eyes each time. I like the background as well, sort of a wispy smokiness going on.

And I really like F9, that is a great aperture, more people should be using F9 that's for sure!

I see you've gone to Godox.... Seems to be an ongoing trend as they are offering more and more to Pentax users.

Thanks Nigel, I shot these in the living room, just in front of a off white "hint of grey" wall. I positioned the images so there was only a slight spill onto the back wall to add some detail. The pattern is the reflection of the umbrella soft box on the wall.
Going Godox came to me rather than me looking for it. On an auction site that specialises in shops closing down there was an AD200 with the N1 trigger. It was on it's own with the other listings being shop fittings etc. Bought it for circa 30! Sold the N1 trigger on, bought a new bulb as the first was knackered, even though it was new and then bought the P-TTL X Pro trigger and voila!
Gareth
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My outfit: K1 gripped - K3ii - two Z-1P - Pentax D FA 24-70mm - Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM - Pentax modified DA* 60-250mm f4 - Irix 15mm Firefly - Pentax FA 35mm - FA 50mm - Sigma EX 20mm - FA 28-70mm f4 - Tamron SP 90mm macro - Pentax AF 540 FGZ II

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