Self Portrait

From the shadows

Comes

The perfect kind of picture.

NoΒ worries.

Captured

The activity.

Captured

The image.

And I didn’t have to worry about that dorky thing I do with my chin.

Self Portrait

I love a bike ride.

And my shadow.

It takes a great a picture.

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50 thoughts on “Self Portrait

  1. Brilliant, Colleen! You look wonderful! πŸ™‚

  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    Does your mother know you are riding and texting? Where is she when we need her?

  3. Ocean Bream says:

    It makes a vibrant and summery picture. πŸ™‚ Happy riding!

  4. Kentucky Angel says:

    Very nice Colleen. It looks like fun, but I can’t do that any more. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I ever could do it very well.

    • Thank you K.A. I have always loved riding bikes. But really started to love it all over again in my 30’s. Makes a difference in my life when I can’t get out there. Makes my world a little sadder.

      Well, I could never knit…..and I know I could never do that very well !!

      • Kentucky Angel says:

        I was just never very athletic, and heat has always made me sick, so I just did things I really loved, like crochet, knit and make quilts. I only have 4 of my quilts left, one about to fall apart, so the final 3 will go to my kids. I also have a wall of jewelry that I made when I had more strength in my hands. It was fun while it lasted and I don’t regret a minute of any of it, but when I have to stop one thing there is always something else to learn.

  5. Robin says:

    Well done! Hope it was a great ride. πŸ™‚

  6. ksbeth says:

    what a great idea )

  7. Awesome picture! Love it!

  8. This is terrific. How did you do this?

    • πŸ™‚ I was riding my bike (had to state the obvious) and had my cell phone. Had noticed the great shadows. At a stop sign I had my camera set. When the shadows were just right I had the camera in my left hand and pulled it up to shoulder/chest and just kept ‘snapping’. My phone is set up so all I have to do is tap the screen and it takes the picture. I knew the picture I wanted. So I was holding the phone next to me and angling it down to the shadow when I saw the shadow I wanted. Got home. They all actually turned out pretty good. I didn’t want a super dark shadow. Wanted it light. I wanted it with road ahead of me. Like I had room to ride in to. Cropped out the rest of the picture. Once I cropped out the rest of it I didn’t really even have to black and white edit it, but I did just for that very slight little change I saw. But the shadow and the road it’s self were pretty darn close to what the picture is. πŸ™‚

      • It’s amazing. I couldn’t imagine because it doesn’t look like you’re actually taking it but if someone else took it you would see their shadow as well!!?? Then there’s really no texture other than the smooth backdrop! Well, really amazing! Great vision Colleen!

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          This is one of the ‘bad ones’. If it lets me paste it here…. Let me see. I’m getting pretty good at making my cameras do what I want. But even better at the editing. Thank you for the ‘vision’ comment. πŸ™‚ That’s what happens. I saw the ‘shadow’ and saw exactly what I wanted. And just snapped a bunch hoping it would give me what I wanted. And it did. πŸ™‚

  9. e says:

    Soooo cool

  10. I really like shadow pictures Colleen! Hope you had a great ride! ❀
    Diana xo

  11. Gibber says:

    Do you have any idea how talented you are?!

  12. I’m loving riding my bike again after more than three years of not being able to because of an injury. Have you ever taken an extended, overnight bike trip? I’m starting to plan one for later this summer.

    • I have. David has done many more than I. I would like to do more. Many more. Glad the injury has healed. We rode again today. Though was hit with a terrible allergic reaction in the middle and again at the end. Uck. Right now I am loving my single speed bike more than road bike rides. Are you taking a road bike? Or a mountain bike? What kind of riding????? I’m so excited !!!! Sorry, I get a bit carried away when people talk bicycles or Ireland. πŸ™‚

      • Right now I have a road bike. From 2009-2011 raced in 4 triathlons and that’s why I chose the bike I have. I’m looking at getting a touring bike though, will start the search next week probably. I spent about 6 weeks in Scotland on two different trips this year in January and March and fell in love with the place. I’m thinking of cycling the Outer Hebrides islands which is a pretty level, easy route about 160 miles from one end to the other including the ferry connections I believe. I’ll either ride that up and back, or take a ferry from the north end back to the Isle of Skye which is much hillier and ride that too. Not sure whether I’ll be up for the hills or not. I want to take some time to check out and just write as well so I’d plan about 4 weeks for the whole tour. Alone. But staying in Air BnBs, not camping, so I won’t need to pack all of that gear. I’ve found one Air BnB on the Isle of Harris in particular whose owner rents out a room with bath that has a stunning view of the coast just below and he’s an avid cyclist, doesn’t even own a car himself and loves to host other cyclists. Thinking of staying there several days to use as a base for side trips and lots of writing. I’ve never done anything like this. William was a McClure and had wanted to do a walking tour across the UK this year. He would have loved a trip like this; that’s part of the reason why I’ve chosen this place. Also very little traffic and simply gorgeous. The ocean has always spoken to me in a sacred way. I’m looking forward to meditative trip.

        What was your trip to Ireland like? I looked through the photos which were fantastic!
        I’d be happy to hear any tips you might have about touring.

        • Carolin this trip sounds amazing! It seems like it holds the potential for so much for you. Hopefully, more healing. I can only imagine the depth and width of this trip on your heart and soul.

          As far as touring goes I just don’t have that much experience. Not long trip stuff. My husband, more so. I’ll have him read this and see what advice he has. One of the funniest things I thought he ever did…. he went to yard sales before one of his hot summer rides with his college buddies. Bought a bunch of tshirts for a quarter or less. Took those to ride in, and left them behind when he was done. So his load got lighter as he rode. But he didn’t want to haul dirty clothes with him. So he lessened the dirty stuff he had to worry about!

          When we went to Ireland we didn’t tour on bikes. We actually stayed in the mountains one time and had arranged before getting there to rent bikes. We kept them for a week and just rode from the place we rented, a different route every day. Met some great people. πŸ™‚ This would probably be easier by email!!!! colleenbrowntkd@hotmail.com

  13. niaaeryn says:

    It does make a great picture. Love it πŸ™‚

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