52 of 2015 Week 9 This Is Me


This weeks challenge is once again taking me out of my comfort zone, which in a way, is a good thing, I suppose. Whilst I’m happy to be behind the camera I have previously made sure I’m rarely in front. Recently though I’ve had to use myself as a model for several portrait challenges and whilst I’m still uncomfortable I’m slowly getting used to being on the “wrong” side of the lens.

There are good reasons for using oneself as a model(…)of course: your model is the most intriguing and puzzling person in the whole world;(…)you’re always available; you’re cheap; no explanations are needed(…); you don’t have to keep the model happy; and the model gets tired, and wants to stop, at exactly the same moment as you do. – Julian Flynn

This week I decided to combine my self-portrait with a background stock photograph to give me a composite image. I used to create quite a lot of composite images when I first started using Photoshop but over time I have let that skill drop – a lot.

52 of 2015 Week 9 This Is Me

This one is pretty simple, I haven’t spent a lot of time on it but over time I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed creating composite images. You may see some more over the coming weeks, especially if I don’t go out that much due to the crappy weather we keep having.

14 thoughts on “52 of 2015 Week 9 This Is Me

  1. petspeopleandlife February 28, 2015 / 17:30

    Now that’s a handsome fellow in the portrait. I like that very much. Muted colors and grey goes looks good with just about everything.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 28, 2015 / 20:09

      Still not comfortable doing self portraits, Yvonne

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  2. Patti Kuche February 28, 2015 / 17:55

    A fabulous self-portrait Mike with such a warm, winning smile. Love the framing, composition, everything!

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  3. Andrew February 28, 2015 / 19:47

    Good to see the man behind the lens and in front of the pack. Very jovial.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 28, 2015 / 20:04

      Personally I don’t like it Andrew, but there again I probably wouldn’t like any portrait of me.

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  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora March 1, 2015 / 04:25

    Your smile transcends the photo image. I am like you always thinking … who wants to see me …. but in reality we make the best model to shine our work. Great photo … and … without seeming disrespectful great warmth coming our way. : )

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    • Mike Hardisty March 3, 2015 / 08:24

      Thank you, we probably do make the best model but there’s still something that holds me back…..

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  5. Margie March 1, 2015 / 18:50

    It’s nice to see the man behind the photos!
    I did a composite photo a while back that was me, holding a frame with a different picture of me, and that me was also holding a frame with another photo of me… there were five me’s altogether. It was fun to photoshop!

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    • Mike Hardisty March 3, 2015 / 08:22

      I did a composite of “me” a long time ago. Four of “me” sitting around a table playing cards. I’m still not comfortable being in front of the lens. Maybe I’m frightened of losing “my soul”

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  6. corneliaweberphotography March 2, 2015 / 03:26

    So that’s the magic face behind the camera!! Thanks for revealing yourself, I know how uncomfortable that can be.

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  7. theresagreen March 25, 2015 / 11:43

    Aah, bless! At least you got to choose an image you feel reasonably comfortable with. Far worse when your so-called nearest & dearest snap you at less than your best and post it facebook or similar!

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    • Mike Hardisty March 28, 2015 / 10:03

      We have a ruling on FB….heaven help anyone who breaks it

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