Filter x2

I had absolutely nothing planned for this afternoon, so I decided it would be a good time to catch up on photographing things for the blog. I sat down to do my makeup even if I wasn’t going anywhere and I tried to use as many new products as possible so that I could photograph multiple things in one go.

I don’t normally do that sort of thing…wear makeup without plans of going out, that is. It feels strange and I guess that’s part of reason why the look didn’t turn out well. Or maybe it would have turned out just as bad even if I had had plans of going out — who knows? Anyway, none of the photos I took are usable for review purposes. I slapped a filter on the best one and that’s the only thing that made it better:
DSC01670This is one of the filters that comes with iPhoto and it’s quite heavy. There’s no toggling with the intensity like on Instagram. It brings my dull skin to life and masks the mess I made of my eyeshadow today. It’s certainly not realistic, but it actually makes me like the photo. Now here’s the original: 
DSC01670 (1)Yikes. I went way too matte and dry with the base because I knew I would be photographing a highlighter. I ended up highlighting my brow wrinkles instead. I then used an eyeshadow primer that I wasn’t familiar with and it left me with that weird line around my eyeshadow. All the blending I did was put to waste! Haha.

I don’t really have a particular point to make in sharing this, although I guess you could dig up some lesson about not hiding behind a filter or something from somewhere here… but then even makeup is a filter in a sense, no?

I don’t like the unfiltered photo of myself. I would never choose to use it as a profile picture… but neither would I choose to use the filtered one. One is unflattering and the other is a total misrepresentation.

Maybe I’m trying to tell myself something here, like: Stop being a control freak and a perfectionist all the time, Mariana. which is sound advice, dear Self, it really is… but what else can I control, if not my image? And then the real question becomes: Why do you even give half a flying fuck? 

Seriously though: I need to get some good shots of products-in-action soon! Damn the gloomy weather and my lack of skills with artificial lighting. Haha

5 responses to Filter x2

  1. Maritoni

    use one of those silver detectors they use in photo shoots, everyone seems to look good under them

  2. I like this question – “Why do you even give half a flying fuck?” Whenever I feel stressed over some minute imperfection (that’s not a part of my usual list of imperfect things about myself that I’ve come to accept ha ha ha), I ask myself this. :)

  3. I think filters are really there to hide flaws in photos. I am recently liking the black and white photo for the same reason that it hides the eyeshadow flaws, or it just makes me stand out from the background. YOUR EYES THO. Gorgeous! I like both pictures! :)

  4. I appreciate the occasional introspective post. I think filters are okay if they take a bad photo from alien-etic back to its actual look… but they hardly ever do. You’re beautiful either way but I think the second photo just has a bit of a gloomy vibe. Hating the weather as well because I’m like a C student in photography even with good lighting… With artificial lighting, I’m like.. remedial levels -_-

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