In My Eighth Month

In My Eighth Month
[Taken 4 August 2011 | 1/60sec @ f/4 | ISO 200 | 24mm | adjusted in Photoshop CS2]

If I’m looking a little less than tickled in this photo, it’s because I photographed myself for half an hour straight in a small, hot room in the upstairs of my house after I got home from work. I’m a little uncomfortable… which isn’t to say I’m not enjoying myself anyway.

This image was actually a pleasant surprise in post-processing: it wasn’t until I messed with this initially-underexposed image (with a bounce flash that was meant for fill) that I thought about tweaking it into a high-key, high-contrast portrait. That’s not my M.O. — but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

I’ve posted some more of my maternity self-portraits in a set on Flickr.


Silhouette, 29w2d
[Taken 13 July 2011 | 1/40sec @ f/3.5 | ISO 200 | 18mm | Adjusted in Photoshop CS2]

Me at 29 weeks, 2 days. Experimenting with poses and camera settings at six months, so I’ll be ready when I take the “real” maternity self-portraits at eight or nine months.

I’m already pretty big now, though. Damn.

Tamarijn Patios

[Taken 1 May 2011 | 1/60sec @ f/13 | ISO 200 | 40mm]

View of the first-floor patios of Building 25, and beyond to Building 24.