Are You a Shadow of Your Former Self… (D164)

… or is your former self a shadow of you?

Pause. Think about it.

The normal way we hear this phrase is a negative. You’re a shadow of your former self, your glory days, your “thin” days or days in the skinny jeans.

What if we turn the saying on it’s head… is your former self a shadow of you?

For me, it’s the latter. When I think about myself just 10 years ago, I was in a remarkably different place physically, professionally, emotionally, and relationally. Who I was then is really just a shadow of who I am now… and that’s a really good thing. I’m stepping into more of who I really am, embracing that and praying for the courage to continue sharing it with the world.

What about you? Are living in the shadows or stepping out of them?

Image Setup: Today’s theme was shadow so I wanted to try something different. For this shot, I set up a green screen background and placed two lights without the soft box diffuser pointing directly at the subject. One light was about a foot below the the other. I positioned myself to the right of the subject so that I could capture both shadows. I wanted to demonstrate the idea of a person’s former self being a shadow of them… thus the lighter shadow behind.

Equipment & Specs: Nikon D50, 28-70 mm lens, 1/100 @ f/5, ISO 800

Image Processing: Processed in Lightroom with Matt’s Summer Haze and Seim Effects Dark Vignette (if you use Lightroom, Gavin Seim has a 2010 and 2009 gift pack of free presets for download). I wasn’t really sure what look I was going for, but as I scrolled through my presets, I really liked the hazy, gritty look of these two presets. Then I took the image into Photoshop and tried another MCP Finish It Action Set that I mentioned yesterday. Tried a new frame that automatically rounds the corners and adds a bottom heavy border for your logo or banner. Decided to go with something simpler today. Above is another version with a different border and a watermark that I used for the featured gallery image. I’m loving the ease of use and the options. tasra365-shadow

Manual: Page 66—Printing Selected Photographs

Images: Since I was already on his site, I looked at Gavin Seim’s images.

  • simplykuni

    I like the second image. The overall look is much more refined and has a pro. photog look.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Thank. I agree with you on all accounts, but wonder if it isn't too common. Even you noticed it has a pro photog look which makes me wonder if it'll look like everyone else.

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    Hmmmm, am I a shadow of my former self, or is my former self a shadow of me? So, I'm pausing to think about what to write, and all I can think of right now is, “Dang, Tasra! That's a mighty good question.” I'll have to ponder and get back to you. And to myself. Or the shadow of myself. …

    As for the photo, I love what you did with the shadows in this one. I love all your photos!

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    Hmmmm, am I a shadow of my former self, or is my former self a shadow of me? So, I'm pausing to think about what to write, and all I can think of right now is, “Dang, Tasra! That's a mighty good question.” I'll have to ponder and get back to you. And to myself. Or the shadow of myself. …

    As for the photo, I love what you did with the shadows in this one. I love all your photos!

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