A week without a DSLR

As many of you know, I sold my old DSLR last week, and I thought I would be spending the week completely bored without something to shoot with.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to see Midwest Photo Exchange's weekly contest announcement: camera phone images.

Umm... Thanks MPEX, but you didn't have to do that just for me. :-\ I'm pretty sure I grew out of that whole "the world revolves around me" phase when I was 5, but I will file this away as a piece of evidence to the contrary!

Back to the contest - what am I going to do? No strobes, no DSLR, limited control over exposure elements...

It didn't take me long to decide to do a self-portrait after reading the post that inspired this particular photo contest. 

I just needed a similar rigging, which I made out of a cheapo-off-brand-not-a-Gorillapod, an office clippy, a rubber band and a table-top shoe mount I ripped apart with fury that burns with the heat of 10,000 suns dismantled for the sake of this project. I attached that masterpiece to an old broken tripod I had laying in my closet. I know, it just keeps getting classier!

Here's my set-up:

It didn't take me long to realize that the most visually striking hobby I have (other than photography, ahem) is airsoft. So, I donned a tactical vest, my trusty rifle and a few extras for effect, and took a few snapshots.

To replace a would-be flash set-up, I broke out my old heaters 500-watt continuous lights.

The resulting image was OK - the phone gets to determine what is in focus. Making lemonade out of lemons, I ventured off to the editing bay.

My eyes looked cold and unforgiving, so I ran with that, blacking out most of the color and upping the saturation on my eyes.

 

Some would argue this is technically unsound, but since photography is so subjective, and I had to deal with using a camera phone, I have to say I rather like the result. What do you think? Maybe you like the slightly stylized version below?

 

In other news, my new camera arrived Thursday evening, and I've only shot a couple different things to test it out. After getting a few more presentable images, I'll post about the Canon 60D and why I chose it over a higher-end model.