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This is my Canon, there are many like it, but this one is mine!



This is my Canon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. my Canon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My Canon, witho...
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This is my Canon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. my Canon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My Canon, without me, is useless. Without my Canon, I am useless. I must shoot my canon true.
My Canon is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its lens. I will keep my Canon clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will... I swear this creed. I am an amateur photographer, my Canon is a professional and together we will take this journey! (Produced as an updated more effective avatar thumbnail)
Thank you Viewbug for the feature, and thank you photographers for all the likes and peer recognitions.:-) And yes this is my take on the military saying 'This is My Riflle.... :-) Jan 2015 Thank you for voting for my image in the Creative Self Portrait Challenge. March 2015 Thank you for voting for my image in the Best Selfie Photo Challenge. July 2015 Thank you for voting for my image in the Photographers Wanted Photo Contest. January 2017 Thank you for voting for my image in the Self Portrait Photo Challenge.
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onyanita Premium
 
onyanita March 01, 2014
well done and well said!!!
Timbo
 
Timbo March 04, 2014
Very cool shot....
fcornish
 
fcornish April 07, 2014
Love the shot and the "creed". Well done!
davidhb
 
davidhb May 04, 2014
excellent shot.. but I DO prefer Nikon :)
Seally Premium
 
Seally May 04, 2014
Congratulations on you feature. Nice Capture..
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 04, 2014
Great composition! Congrats.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta May 04, 2014
Fabulous self-portrait, which was presumably a mirror reflection. Congratulations.
PaulHenryStudios PRO
 
PaulHenryStudios May 04, 2014
Love it! "Full Metal Jacket"
Douglas_Kelley PRO+
 
Douglas_Kelley May 04, 2014
Congrats on the Feature
hotpixel
 
hotpixel May 04, 2014
What a cool SP !! You have my dream camera... even though I realize the camera does not have as much influence on the finished product as the person releasing the shutter does... Congratulations on your feature !
iceman2
 
iceman2 May 04, 2014
Wonderful composition.Congrats!
gaz
 
gaz May 04, 2014
Cool saying, we had a very similar saying when I started my army training. Replaced canon with Gun. Great shot
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios May 04, 2014
Very nice self portrait, the lighting and edit are superb! Great job!
lito
 
lito May 04, 2014
Very nice one.... !
Wayne_Sr
 
Wayne_Sr May 04, 2014
Congratulations, Great Shot...:~)
jnrr
 
jnrr May 04, 2014
Great pic! How do you call her? :D
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 May 04, 2014
awesome shot...Congrats!! :)
Lotsashots
 
Lotsashots May 04, 2014
I looked at your picture and said to myself, "This guy is from England!" Love all of your pic.s!
LionesLens
 
LionesLens May 04, 2014
Congratulations on your feature shot!
WileKyK PRO+
 
WileKyK May 04, 2014
Great self portrait. Congratulations on your Feature!
mwaraniagm
 
mwaraniagm May 04, 2014
Wonderful shot bro!
SteveFlint
 
SteveFlint May 04, 2014
like a Norman Rockwell!
hev53 PRO
hev53 May 29, 2014
Excellent observation. Love it and Norman Rockwell.
photobug
 
photobug May 04, 2014
very nice
CanonCarolyn
 
CanonCarolyn May 04, 2014
Great picture! A great writing.
Signed,
CanonCarolyn :)
PhotoLux
 
PhotoLux May 04, 2014
Fabulous shot!
MarcoPoveda
 
MarcoPoveda May 04, 2014
Muy bien lograda, felicitaciones
GregDaddyMac
 
GregDaddyMac May 04, 2014
Epic description and photo. "Full Metal Jacket" is an awesome film.
shetlandcowgirl
 
shetlandcowgirl May 04, 2014
Congrats. Captivating photo!
kimpennell
 
kimpennell May 04, 2014
isn't this something the USMC learn about their rifles, I seem to have seen it in a movie somewhere ?
kimpennell
 
kimpennell May 04, 2014
ah Full Metal Jacket, thanks Gregdaddy
hev53 PRO
 
hev53 May 05, 2014
Great shot. Love it.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life May 05, 2014
bahahhaa LOVE it! :):)
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican May 06, 2014
love your bio on this great work I agree it becomes an extention of who we are ...what we do with this lovely lens
PICSVETSvetlinYosifov
 
PICSVETSvetlinYosifov May 06, 2014
Nice Canon...:)
LoanaLMP
 
LoanaLMP May 06, 2014
Excellent shot. Congrats.
Beautiful-Breeze PRO+
 
Beautiful-Breeze May 07, 2014
Everything about this is wonderful!! Love it!!!
danielmartin
 
danielmartin May 09, 2014
BRAVO! It is the same with MY Canon... It is my Rifle and this is the only one I use for hunting! :-) Congratulations!!!
shberry
 
shberry May 28, 2014
A great shot that made me giggle!!!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 13, 2014
hey...congrats on the Feature! I knew this could do it LOL !!!
patticooper PRO+
 
patticooper June 24, 2014
Love it! Both the picture as well as your written word! Alas I have bought a Nikon and I shall become one with her as you are to your Canon.
SoniaAnneEllem
 
SoniaAnneEllem July 14, 2014
HuH! You have mastered your Canon better than I have mastered mine at this point. Love your work!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle July 16, 2014
Go Canon - great shot and I adore the "Creed"! Can you ever learn everything about your camera? :) Kathy
nehapathak
 
nehapathak December 04, 2014
Cool.....
garysissons PRO+
 
garysissons December 22, 2014
Nice selfie. Did you shoot it on a Nonac?
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 26, 2015
Great selfie and great caption Graham. Bravo!!
cmsturgeon
 
cmsturgeon February 09, 2015
Great lighting for the hdr ... only thing different I would go for is flipping horizontally so the name on the cam looks proper. Good job.
GrahamF PRO+
GrahamF April 25, 2015
I have added another image, flipped, thank you.:-)
ricklecompte PRO+
 
ricklecompte March 06, 2015
Fun!
vojce PRO
 
vojce March 15, 2015
fantastic portrait congrats
robertocini
 
robertocini March 18, 2015
definitively this is your Canon 5d MkII great idea, great camera ;) and great paraphrasing using "Full Metal Jacket" . in conclusion well done :)))
stephenvantuyl PRO
 
stephenvantuyl March 31, 2015
Oorah!
KColbyPhotography PRO+
 
KColbyPhotography April 09, 2015
Great caption, great shot sir
WhiteBison
 
WhiteBison April 25, 2015
The only thing missing here is one step in PhotoShop:

Load the image, then go: Image> Image Rotation> Flip Canvas Horizontal...and you will see, your back to normal again...your right eye will be on the right side again and the printing on the camera will be readable without using a mirror...LOL
GrahamF PRO+
GrahamF April 25, 2015
I have added another image, flipped, thank you.:-)
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 27, 2015
Congratulations, People Choice in Best Selfie Photo Challenge
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 27, 2015
Beautifully done, voted Viewbug HQ
samlewis64
 
samlewis64 June 05, 2015
Very creative, I forgive you for the Canon camera. lol
mvaughan
 
mvaughan June 21, 2015
Great photo, love this shot
CARRNNO
 
CARRNNO July 16, 2015
Stanley Kubrick would love this creative photograph if he was (i wish) still with us! That being said great,great shot!!! Oh ,and like another commented , nice camera.
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita August 04, 2015
congrats on your Finalist Award....still love it!
Ramblerkat
 
Ramblerkat August 10, 2015
Wow, superb photo.
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 Jul 01
First and foremost "Congratulations" on your many awards, well done ... Appreciate the detailed information you have provided. Outstanding skill and creativity.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken at home.
Time
It was taken in the afternoon, however there was minimal daylight, as the door was closed and the blinds were down.
Lighting
Minimal daylight and I used a Digital LED Video light, manually held shining it upwards below and behind the camera to light up my face.
Equipment
The camera was a Canon 5D Mk II and the lens an EF 24-105 mm f:5.6. It was shot at 1250 ISO, 1/80,
Inspiration
I wanted to create a memorable image for the Viewbug Avatar, as opposed to one of my regular photographs uploaded images.
Editing
Canon Raw & Photoshop HDR.
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Canon 5D Mk II, my Canon 24-105mm f:4 lens, my Canon 70-200m f:2.8L IS II USM lens, my Manfrotto Tripod, spare batteries, cleaning equipment etc etc.
Feedback
As an amateur I generally go through stages of experimentation, the idea for this shot for the Avatar grew over the process of a couple of weeks. I initially took various head shots with basic editing, but soon realised they were much the same and I wanted something which stood out as different. I also decided to include my camera in the shot as that is what the Viewbug site is about. I liked the idea of HDR editing so I started experimenting with various shots and locations until the idea of the bathroom mirror reflection surfaced and after a few trial and errors ended up with the image shown. The decision was made to leave the Canon back to front to show it is a reflection as opposed to flipping the writing to read Canon. My advice, start now, don't rule out any ideas, and look at all your editing tools, if unsure look up a video tutorial on the internet, or browse the Viewbug site for inspiration and ideas.

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