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* Number Twenty in my intermittent self portrait series *
My Self Portrait images range from Vermont to Paris to Vermont to Texas :)
Taken earlier today at Austin’s Zilker Park Botanical Gardens, I went for a rare extended afternoon of picture shooting. For mid-May, the weather was unusually mild, the air relatively dry, all with the sun shining summer-ready and bright! It was an opportunity the imminent arrival of true summer weather might not offer again till Fall. So I took both my Canon Powershot G9X Mark II & my iPhone XR, a bottle of cold water, headed out :)
Traffic was light and the Gardens weren’t crowded. I bought myself a five foot decorative bamboo walking stick at the gift shot I’d spotted the last time I’d visited, and walked toward the variety of plantings, bridges, and ponds in the Oriental gardens on the east side.
I knew right away, with the scent of flowers in the fresh air and a view of Austin’s growing skyline, I wanted a selfie with my walking stick set to that background. Tinkering around I tried taking my own selfie and got mostly my shadowed face and not much of the city or gardens, lol! Giving up I chose my first trail and followed it down to where I had a peek at a short walking bridge set over a small elongated pond shimmering with reflections of sky and plants and handrails. It was a beautiful sight and I began taking shot after adjusted shot, changing the composition, my exposure, the zoom, using then not using the camera’s timer then using it again.
It was only on leaving, passing the spot I’d failed on taking my selfie when I’d first arrived, I decided to wait and catch someone who’d Good-Samaritan me a selfie. I didn’t have long to wait. I’d already preset my exposure lock on the skyline and blue sky far to the east and asked a young couple if they could help out.
I vaguely suggested trying to include whatever they could of the garden, that I’d already set an exposure lock on my iPhone, and not to worry about me being in too dark in the pic ‘cause I’d fix that with software at home.
The young couple giggled and concentrated and presented me with four fabulous shots to choose from. This upload was my fav cause of the composition, but all four included the garden and skyline and sky, and all four had just enough of the sun from the west to light my features. It was wonderful!
Even better, once I could see the selfies on a larger screen at home, I saw how the half moon high in the image, the tallest building in the skyline, and me — all lined up!
It was a wonderful cap to a great visit to Austin’s premier public garden (smiles).
More of my Self Portrait images are at - https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/felipeadan-lerma.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=746647 .
Thanks so much for stopping by! - Adan
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