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Sunshine & Freedom

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” –Hans Christian Andersen

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I shot this self portrait at Hippie Hollow with my point and shoot waterproof digital camera set up on a gorilla pod attached to a tree using a 10 sec. self timer. It was beautiful out but scorching hot and best enjoyed from in the water, so I only took one shot with this set up, and I’m happy with how it came out. What do you think?

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Feelin’ Free

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This past Monday, I went to Hippie Hollow for the first time with two close friends. The view was gorgeous, and we felt so free swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking completely nude. Afterwards, we had dinner while watching the sun set over the Lake at the Oasis. It was a perfect day and reminded me why I love Austin so much (as if I could forget!) This shot was captured by my friend Berklee with my waterproof point and shoot and edited by me in Lightroom.

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Cooling Off

What’s the best way to cool off in 100+ degree Austin summer heat?

Taking a dip in the always cool, always beautiful Deep Eddy Pool, of course.

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These were taken with an old point and shoot waterproof digital camera–I took the 1st shot, and the last 2 shots were taken by my lovely friend Berklee. (It’s hard to reach around and take a selfie of your own butt underwater, lol.)

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The Big Ugly Self Portrait Challenge

I am in love with The Big Ugly, a blog overflowing with beautiful and inspiring self portraiture. Lauralyn, the photographer/subject/writer of the blog uses what she calls “Cheap Camera/10 second timer Self Portraiture” to capture her images, which are often shot in incredibly intriguing locations and usually leave me wondering, how on earth did she manage to jump so high or get into that position in 10 seconds, let alone create such an amazing photograph in the process??

So when I saw she was having a Self Portrait Challenge, with the rules deeming that each player must use her same “dash” method, I had to try it! Since I typically use my DSLR camera and remote to capture my self portraits, I knew using the 10 second timer method would be a challenge. I even decided to go a step further and use an old FinePix XP point and shoot camera and shoot in an outdoor location, to really push myself and get a feel for what her process is like. Although she uses a gorilla pod, I actually forgot to bring any sort of tripod, upping the ante even further.

Jake came with me for moral support (and as a lookout ), but he wasn’t allowed to help me in the photography process in any way. At first I tried climbing a tree, wedging the camera between some bark to shoot up my body. After one shot that seemed promising, the camera slipped, and I wasn’t able to get it to balance again. Here is the sole photo from that attempt, which I think is actually kinda cool in its own way:

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I also tried hanging from/posing by the same tree, without any results I was very happy with. After the tree attempts, I headed over to a rocky area and tried lying on/doing a back-bend over/standing on the rocks.

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After the winning shot, I took 3 more photos before the camera died, ending the shoot at a total of 23 photos, only 17 of which actually  had enough of me to be recognizable in them.

I already admired Lauralyn’s photographs, but now I am in even more awe of her work after trying the same methods she uses. In the process of trying to capture just one decent image, I ended up sweaty and tired, with a bleeding toe, a mild allergic reaction in the form of a rash on my thighs from straddling the tree, and a new admirer (did I forget to mention a curious guy spotted me at one point?)

When I got home and looked through the images though, I knew it was worth it. I doubt I could have captured the same image if I had time to think and consciously pose like I usually do. There is a magic that comes from spontaneous moments in the creative process, and somehow I managed to get my whole body in the frame and capture a spontaneous, natural pose and feeling.  I’m so glad I joined in on her challenge, pushed myself beyond my comfort zone, gained a new perspective on self portraiture, and discovered some other talented artists in the process.

Originally she said there would be 5 winners, but since only 9 photos were entered, and they are literally all amazing, we all won free snazzy Big Ugly T-Shirts! Go us! 🙂