A rare image of me actually working... Thank you James Webb.

©2015 James Webb/Zilker TV.

It's a very rare thing for me to be photographed while I am actually working on a project. Usually we're all too busy to turn the cameras on each other and for months I was disappointed that I didn't have enough "behind the scenes" imagery, starring myself, with which to regale the world. 

James took this during a video shoot we were doing for a restaurant. He was shooting with an Olympus OMD EM5.2 and an older, longer Nikon manual focus lens. I'm holding an Olympus OMD EM5.2 and manually focusing an Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens (thank you focus peaking!) in anticipation of creating video of some fresh herbs. The EM5.2 is very hand holdable with its state of the art image stabilization. 

The dorky touches of the photo include the bright hair (it's normally thick and jet black but I dyed it platinum just for this shoot --- in case anyone needed something on which to white balance...), the old analog watch (worn on the right wrist as I am profoundly left-handed), and the awkward hold on the camera.

The camera in front of my face should help to preserve my anonymity. I've heard it can be stressful to be recognized everywhere one goes..... Stopped in the airport and forced to be part of endless selfies; that sort of thing...

Back to work.


Anonymous said...

Clandestine service. Man of mystery. I've read The Lisbon Portfolio, I know.

theaterculture said...

Profoundly left-handed, but are you right-eyed?

Part of the reason I've stuck with an old EP2 for my personal photography is the external eye-level viewfinder, which is clunky but I find makes it easier for me to use my left eye to compose. I'm right-handed, but with a relatively good left (lot of left-handedness in the family, which apparently helps...), and while I naturally bring the camera to the right eye I find the left one does a better job of seeing how a "deep" image will transform into two dimensions, and tend to use it for wide-angel and complex situations. Would be curious to read a post about your experience!

Anthony Bridges said...

Left handed, as well. My mom was left handed and had three kids who are left handed. What are the odd?

I've had multiple photos of me that people want to take with one of my cameras (usually the 5D3). Most times they come out blurry or misfocused. The Fuji X100s that is my walkaround camera is more newby friendly and better for non photographers.