A self-portrait during isolation

Being stuck inside with a wish to photograph, I turned to myself as a model

Being stuck inside with a wish to photograph, I turned to myself as a model
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Summer 2020
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tysonator August 15, 2021
wonderful portrait
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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in my apartment, in Arad - Romania. I felt very inspired and had to do it then and there.
I am a night owl and it was 2AM, crazy enough. It was during the forced isolation, where I couldn't rest well, I was overthinking everything and I needed to express myself and what better way than visual expression at 2AM, haha.
I have this bag that includes a set of lights, three to be specific, but I used only two and a reflector. I was setting up at 1AM and since it was a self-portrait I was looking for my tripod mount for nearly 30 minutes, just to find it in front of my eyes. I had a main softbox high up, to create the shadow under the hat and a light to separate me a bit from the background from a side and the reflector on the other side.
I used my Nikon D7200 with Sigma Art 18-35mm, a tripod that was tethered to my laptop, facing me, to see the results right away and not move much as I was the subject and the photographer.
The whole COVID-19 situation. All the projects were cancelled or postponed and I had the urge to shoot, so I only had myself as the subject. I used that boost and did the setup and got a couple of shots and this was one of it.
Yes, I did. I darken the darks and even burnt the area under the hat, just so you don't see the eyes. Worked on the blacks of the turtleneck and edited the skin. Also worked on the contrast of the photo.
In my camera bag
The ones that I mentioned for this shoot plus a 50mm f1.4 and a 85mm f1.8
Play with the light and the angle of the head, as long as you have your main light up top, pointing down - you will get that shadow nicely.

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