I have been enjoying the challenge of pushing my self portraits by doing #advancedselfie. I have been choosing strange locations and working with light at hours usually frowned upon.
This photo was taken at Cottonwood Canyon on a 104 degree day. There was a haze of wildfire smoke that made photographing at 2:30 in the afternoon plausible. I went off the path and climbed up a steep hill toward the tall rocks with the burnt green sage brush. There was a lovely warm wind dancing from soft to a harsh blow into the canyon which helped with the heat.
I set up camera on a 2sec timer and used small remote to trigger the shutter. (Which I either hid in my hand or put on the ground) I set up my handy, lightweight, travel tripod and I tied my backpack full of water to a leg of the tripod so the wind didn’t take my camera sliding down the mountain side. I changed out of my “normal” hiking clothes to a black split dress I got at goodwill for $4.
The first photo was framed a different direction and it wasn’t working. I turned the camera around and boom, there is was. I first started with my shoes and realized I was going to have to go barefoot. As I did take off my shoes the rocks were so hot to the touch of the bottom of my feet and little invisible cacti made there presence known. I then shot and shot and shot till I was happy. The things you do for art, right?
Do you enjoy reading about how I create this photo? What question do you have? I would love to share more of my creative processes with you.
5D IV + 24-70 : 1/2000 sec @ f/3.2