***UPDATE*** I thought by adding a small radial (really zoom) blur it might help and it did. I’ve replaced the image. I think the rock looks cooler and I like how the trees now point to the sword subtly. This image is ok considering the original was so crappy.
I had the privilege of visiting the actual film location outside of the troll cave where Bilbo unsheathes Sting for the first time. They even had a toy Sting sword so you could recreate the movie still.
Technically it’s a portrait rather than a self portrait, but I think it counts since I helped set up all aspects of the shot and I’m the subject. Unfortunately my photographer missed the focus pretty badly in all of these pictures so I combine a couple exposures to try and emphasize the magical quality of the moment by making everything look shaky, soft, and glowy.