Surprise! by PeterBusser

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Another selfportrait. To celebrate life in general.

Softbox placed behind me at an angle (about 40 degrees). Flash head with shoot through umbrella at a 45 degree angle right in front of me. Holding a reflector to lighten tha shady parts in the face.

Processing… yes. Gave myself a decent photoshop. Just to see how that would work out. Used a layer mask with Gaussian blur (based on CS3 book by Scott Kelby).

Any comments and ideas about improvements are welcome… Still learning…


  • Sally Green
    Sally Greenalmost 5 years ago

    i just hope you were not totally naked from below your neck peter!! LOL. too happy for me, i am a grumpier sod than that!! XX

  • No worries…. ;-). This was captured on the day I was homepage featured for the second time in two weeks. So I was really happy :-).

    – PeterBusser

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    way to go cool!

  • thank you, Scott!

    – PeterBusser

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 5 years ago

    Great lighting here – hmm what was the surprise I wonder :)

  • Thanks so much! Did you read the words? It was the second HP feature :-)

    – PeterBusser

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 5 years ago

    Oops yeah see it now – congrats…

  • Tomasz Juszczak
    Tomasz Juszczakalmost 5 years ago

    Jolly Peter – this shot could easily find its way into advertising photo stock. I think it is a brave and brilliant image. And congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks Tomasz! I really do hope no one will use this for advertising, though. But I’ll take it as a compliment on the lighting and processing :-).

    – PeterBusser

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    I so guessed when you took it! wonderful emotion in this and great technique as always!! immaculate attention to detail!! happy dancing here too but am not going to photograph that…LOL

  • LOL! Why not?!? ;-)

    Thank you for those wonderful words, Maggie!

    – PeterBusser

  • benthebrown
    benthebrownalmost 5 years ago

    Great personality in this image and the light really matches the bright attitude. Great shot!

  • Thanks so much, Ben! Much aprreciated. Have to take a closer look at your work soon…

    – PeterBusser

  • Denitsa Dabizheva
    Denitsa Dabizhevaalmost 5 years ago

    Love the happy and surprised expression on your face, Peter :)) The lighting is great. (I’m a Scott Kelby reader myself :))
    Oh, and sincere congrats on the HP features!

  • Same expression as you gave me today ;-). Thanks so much, Denitsa!

    – PeterBusser

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 5 years ago

    hilarious! well done. ;]

  • =) Thanks VV

    – PeterBusser

  • Whitney Jacobs
    Whitney Jacobsalmost 5 years ago

    great expression!

  • Thanks you so much, Whitney! Much appreciated.

    – PeterBusser

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