Self Portrait: The Stinging

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***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.

What Camera Gear Should I Buy? Part One

As any photographer at any level that has been shooting for any length of time will tell you, the most common question you get is “What camera gear do you use?” or “What should I buy?”  Many people that ask me are referred to my photo gear page and this gets the job done.

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