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A Reflective Moment

A quiet, reflective moment.  I don't have many moments like this but when I do,  tea is my buddy... Sometimes,  when things don't feel right it is good to just sit and sort.   That's what I was doing this day..Normally I would not post a photo of myself like this and I'm really surprised I even took it...but today's lesson in B2D24 was to take a self-portrait or use one we already had and to show the emotion in a dramatic black and white.

This is what I found in my Lightroom stock pile.  I'm not a big fan of self-portraits and I do find them rather difficult to do but I'm always willing to try to get the lesson done.   The black and white had to be a recipe and not just a conversion from RGB. I processed it in Lightroom and then took it into Photoshop for the text...

Funny about things we are sometimes afraid to try...when we do it, when we put the effort in, the results can sometimes be a surprise, and a bit freeing. We all have many emotions and why not share a different side of ourselves. I stretched for this one and in the end, I rather like it..this is how I feel sometimes and this is what it looks like...not so bad..

“When the color's taken out of your world, and all you see is black and white, is that what's left? The absence of color, of everything near and dear to you? Or is it the essence of your very being, the truest representation of yourself?” 
― Emily Dana



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Reader Comments (7)

Oh Cheryl, I LOVE shows a relaxing moment, and the enjoyment of a hot cup of tea! So very creative, in all aspects...the capture, the expression, the tones! Lovely work!

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

hello lovely.... i ADORE you...and everything about this photo and post... beautiful.... and the quote... YES... indeed...


July 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkim klassen

Great photo. It is hard to be our own subject. But others see us like this every day such a peacefulportriT.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Perfect reflective moment, beautifully captured.
I'll be thinking about b&w versus color.
I always am fascinated by the values that become so strong in b&w . . .
This would be something interesting to write about!
Now I think I'll go brew a cup of tea!
Hugs . . .

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Reflective...yes I see that. I also find this image very peaceful.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Love the emotion!!

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Thank you Girls for stopping by and making me feel a bit better about self-portrait photography...Your comments are always so important to me..I.appreciate your time and thoughts...xoxo

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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