I thought I’d share a couple more of the pairings I posted last week.
To quickly recap: for the left-hand image above I set up my camera, triggered its ten-second self-timer, ran like crazy for nine seconds, stopped and posed as the shutter was released. The left-hand image shows the full, uncropped image; the right-hand image is what you get when you crop right down to my face (plus a little work on gamma and contrast).
Two images for the price of one!
I find the results quite unsettling, which is good, since I don’t see the point in taking a self-portrait in order to flatter oneself. The unsettling effect may be partly because nobody looks at their best photographed blurred and in extreme telephoto perspective, and partly down to genetics, bad living and the fact that past the age of fifty, one has the face one deserves…
No negative has, so far, given both a good full-frame image and a good close-up. This is not due to any necessary incompatibility between the two interpretations – but simply reflects how rare successful images are in the normal running of things.
If, say, roughly one in a hundred photographs is successful or worth sharing – then the chances of a negative working both as a full-frame and as close-up is about ten thousand to one! Even if I lower my standards and aspire to one good photograph per roll of film – that still leaves me with less than one in a thousand chance.
However, I have not yet viewed all the ‘close-ups’ of the good ‘full-frames’, so I live in hope of eventually finding a negative that works really well as both.