Fun Personal Project - The Long Exposure Selfie

One of the Youtubers that I watch regularly is travel photographer Brendan van Son and I always find it fascinating some of the selfies that he get's while on his travels.  He has explained it a few times and it does add some elements to a scene to give it scale, human touch and just another variable in getting an image to match your vision that will draw people in. 

Over the past week I started doing some experimenting with getting my typical monument shots but with a twist in that I am working to add myself into them so I can have a long exposure selfie at each of the monuments I shoot regularly.  I have learned that it is not quite as simple as just set the camera on timer and stand really still, thought that is a part of it, but more so that you have to think of where you fit in the scene, where light is falling, how you will stand out in the scene, and of course all of the normal thoughts of exposure, dof, etc. 

So here are a few examples of my shots and I am still working on refining what I want to get out of them but it's still pretty fun. 

 First attempt at the WWI Memorial - Needed to work on my framing - 30 second exposure

First attempt at the WWI Memorial - Needed to work on my framing - 30 second exposure

 I took a few variations by the Jefferson Memorial as there are a few good areas to really capture them.  - 30 sec exposure - Base of the stairs

I took a few variations by the Jefferson Memorial as there are a few good areas to really capture them.  - 30 sec exposure - Base of the stairs

 Attempted to frame the entrance and get me standing in front of Jefferson but my black shirt blended a bit.  - 30 sec exposure

Attempted to frame the entrance and get me standing in front of Jefferson but my black shirt blended a bit.  - 30 sec exposure

 One of my most liked versions that I have dropped to Instagram so far and seems to be multiple elements and an epic sky lands you a few more likes - 30 sec exposure

One of my most liked versions that I have dropped to Instagram so far and seems to be multiple elements and an epic sky lands you a few more likes - 30 sec exposure

 This shot I needed to do some more refining and getting me better framed as well as some lighting but what you don't see is the 4 security guards outside the left side of the frame that I think were watching me laughing because you have this tubby guy running back and forth or they were trying to figure out wtf I was doing.  lol  - 30 sec exposure

This shot I needed to do some more refining and getting me better framed as well as some lighting but what you don't see is the 4 security guards outside the left side of the frame that I think were watching me laughing because you have this tubby guy running back and forth or they were trying to figure out wtf I was doing.  lol  - 30 sec exposure