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For Week 3 of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness I have chosen to submit an image that I made this week that was really hard for me to make for another challenge. A Self Portrait. Although I’m a very vain woman making images of myself isn’t something I do. I am very self-conscious and awkward in front of the camera. I feel  like I’m not photogenic. But, I’m a stubborn gal and once committed I will do what I can to fulfill the commitment even if I don’t post the work.

With time running out already in March I decided I had to pull up my boots, straighten my collar and get to work! So, while out-of-town photographing wild flowers I made several self portraits nearly killing myself tripping over the Basalt Lava rocks on Table Mountain to beat the 10 second timer then while at home on Sunday I thought I’d make a more formal type self-portrait.

Straightening my collar and gettin’ her done.  🙂 So, Hello! It’s me. Wrinkles, an all.

MM2:3-Self Portrait

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro @f10| SB910@ 1/4pwr through Shoot Through Umbrella High Camera Right| SB600 @ 1/16th pwr camera left front mid section bounced off back wall| Triggered w/Nikon SU800

More to come

NikonDf; AFD Nikkor 105mm



  1. I’ve always have known you to be beautiful on the inside by how you write and how you photograph.
    Indeed, you are also very beautiful on the outside!

    Pleased to meet you, ma’am!

  2. I hear you, I never have been comfortable with having my picture taken and my wife hates it even more. On the other hand the younger generation have totally fallen in love with the selfie. Maybe when they get older their views will change. FWIW your are a good looking woman and you take a pretty good portrait.

    • Thank you so much Harold! It is true that in my youth I didn’t have a camera stuck in my face often…after baby pictures there were only the occasional holiday pictures, and then the yearly school photos. Nothing in my experience compares to what I’m seeing people do with selfies today.

  3. Beautiful.

  4. wonderful portrait!!!

  5. My goodness~you are stunning!
    I didn’t used to like self-portraits but I’ve been studying ones done by painters through the years and it really is a valuable exercise, I believe.
    Of course, I sure hope nobody ever points a camera at me….

    • Ha! Thank you so much you’re very kind!

      I’ve heard doing a self portrait a day for a year will really help your photography skills grow, but I’m not planning to do one any time soon. I’d much rather study great landscape and nature painters and make a nature image every day.

  6. I know how you feel about having your picture taken, I feel the same way. That having been said, you look wonderful, and I love your hair.

    • Thank you so much Jackie! You haven’t seen me since I cut my hair into a pixie? I’ve been letting it grow out a bit lately.

  7. Very lovely…such silliness! 🙂

    • 🙂 Thank you! I had a hard time making a good portrait face, and my eyes have that crazy stare look.

  8. I don’t know why you feel you’re not photogenic, this is very nice – very pretty. Can we see one of you tripping over the lava rocks? Just kidding.

    • LOL Dan! Those where only a leg or half of me made into position before the click have been purged. 🙂 I sure got a workout!

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

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