365.369 ready for a new year

And this will be the last daily photo, for this round, anyway. I might, one day, do the 365 again, and, who knows, I might go crazy and just keep going (but I doubt it).

This got quite a bit more post processing than is my usual, all due to an attempt to “expose to the right” instead of my usual “let it fall where it may” (usually to the left).

I should’ve given it one more go, dropped the SB700 to 1/2 power, or stopped down, or something, but by this point (53 shots in; after finding the D7000 refused to focus on a timer, refused even to start the timer without anything in focus, so I had to fetch something roughly me-sized and prefocus on it, manually, as the D7000 refused to focus on it either; after finding the batteries mostly dead in the SB700; after cursing at my #&$*#(@ hair; etc.) my back was screaming at me, and I was screaming at the camera, flashes, and self, and so this is it.

I had to burn/polarize/intensify contrast on my face to get any sort of skin tone out of it, then erase all that out of my lips as they had turned the color of my hoodie, then darken up the brick and lighten up the firebox, and I don’t even know what else.

And then to find that it’s not quite in focus. Bah.

This is pretty much the story of my (first, maybe) 365, and so I suppose it’s a good way to end it.

At least I look peaceful, here.

And so this marks the end of 2012, the end of the 365 project, and very probably the end of my regular usage of Aperture, as 1) Lightroom is burning a hole in the Dock and 2) Aperture had to rebuild its library yesterday and I had to force quit it just now. I’m not sure Lightroom will be any better, but at least it will be new for a bit, and something different to curse at in the future…

Happy New Year, G+!

And thanks again to the fine curators of the 365 group! I wouldn’t have made it without your support and encouragement, and I definitely owe you all a beer or something.

D7000. Sigma 30mm f/1.4. ISO200, 1/40th, f/4. Vivitar auto 200 flash, triggered by a Cactus V5 trigger and firing into the firebox; SB700, SU-4’d, at full power, firing into a half collapsed umbrella high camera left. About 5 minutes of post processing in Aperture.

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