Another Weasely Blog Post, Part 2
Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Papina
This is how I took the photo of the back of my head that I mentioned in Part 1. I frequently take a shot of a new hairstyle before I go out, just to make sure I am not frightening to dogs or small children.
Too lazy to dig out my cordless shutter release, and just anxious to get a quick idea, I started by aiming the camera at the bathroom mirror behind me--that is, guessing--and hoping I was in the frame. There are a lot of ways to take self-portraits, but this sure isn't a great one! Needless to say, I got a lot of shots like this. (Please excuse the awful color in these photos. I forgot I have incandescent-looking CFL's in the bathroom and neglected to set the white balance accordingly.)
An unusual way to take a self-portait, for sure, but who wants a shower curtain as a background? Well, this is a little better, but I couldn't hold the camera still that way, and had focusing problems, as you can see. I am making progress by at least getting my head in the frame. Now it was a challenge, just to see how I could do it without a remote that I have to aim at the camera. That would require some contortions or stealth-aiming.
How about a shot from the side to see how the Bumpit was doing? Hey! Where did all those chins come from?!
What I ended up doing was setting the camera on the TV, putting a swivel chair in front of it, and focusing on the top edge of the chair. I had the camera set to shoot five multiple shots, hit the shutter, sat in the chair so my head was about even with the back, and swiveled the chair slightly between shots to get five different angles.
So, there you go--another way to take a self-portrait. Do this a few times and it may explain all the snickering when you leave a room! Good luck!
Another Weasely Blog Post
Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Papina
Alas, dear Friends, if you have seen my previous post on the rise and fall of the Hair Weasel (http://www.the3dstudio.com/blog_detail.aspx?id=1196
), I have more sad news to impart. The "upgraded" beaded weasel I referred to exploded in a shower of CLEAR beads not too long after it was pressed into service. (Okay, seriously--did any of you read between the lines on that post and get that I wasn't really just talking about a hair accessory? What, too subtle?) Anyway, the upgrade lasted even less time than the first one.
Another one bites the dust, all that glitters is not...rhinestone...insert your own cliché. It was a weird summer to say the least, and I wish I had my $9.99 back.
But, enough with the DaVinci Code posts. I promise you, this post really is just about my search for the perfect hair accessories.
Halloween is coming up, and I borrowed a "slightly slutty" Alice in Wonderland costume from my BFF's college-age daughter. Oh, quit making that face--it fits and it was free! I admit it looks more like Alice in Cougartown or a cigarette girl/cocktail waitress from the Rat Pack years, so I'm going with that. The little hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds on the polyester apron qualify it to be cheesy Vegas. But I need big, bad 1960's hair to go with it--a French twist on steroids.
I first tried a combination of these items. I'm sorry to say they were of no use.
The "Hair Poufs"--mounds of...whatever...covered with fake hair on wicked little metal combs--were impossible to keep in line and ended up resembling randomly placed hair turds. The "French Twister" was even worse. ("Oh, la-la, right hand rouge!" Sorry, sorry...must focus...) One needs two friends and a prehensile tail to get that plastic and elastic to look fantastic. So, back to the store they went, and yes, my friends, I was then drawn to yet another As Seen On TV! display and purchased The Bumpits for, you guessed it, $9.99. I didn't include a photo, because you can't walk into any CVS pharmacy, Wal-Mart, or Target without getting assaulted by The Bumpits display. (What a horrible name. I don't know the image you get when you see that name, but I'm thinking of grizzled old guys in a rail yard, eating beans from a tin can. And sweating.)
There are three in the package: large, medium, and then a really tiny one. I'm not sure what baby Bumpit is for. Maybe 1980's bangs. Anyway, I chose to use the biggest Bumpit at the crown for a full Winehouse effect. I did a trial run to see if I could get a Bumpit to stay in my hair. Yes...and no. There is still a lot of hairspray, teasing, hairspray, pinning, hairspray, baked beans, and spam needed to keep this thing in. Since I am going to a dance and need the security, and the Bumpits are hard plastic frames, I put some of my hair through it and pinned that hair down to my head to secure it before flopping the ratted top layer over it. I wound up the back in a traditional French Twist, tucked the end up under the Bumpitted area, and sprayed everything, including my lungs, to death.
Here's kind of what it will look like on Saturday. Bear in mind this was done fast, just to get an idea. I wanted to see what it really looked like, so I took a photo of the back of my head.
Yeah, I know, underwhelming, isn't it? But I promise it will be ratted to the rafters on Halloween. Want to know how I took the photo? Read the next post...
Death of the Hair Weasel
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2009 by Papina
There is a great disturbance in The (Hair) Force today. My beloved EZComb, aka The Hair Weasel, had an untimely demise this morning. Read my previous post about finding the perfect hair accessory.
I have composed this short poem it its honor.
It was a nice summer fling
But this morning it went...ping.
Raining down, the beads did ring
To the corners of the room.
I suspect I still will find
When they're long since out of mind
And I fall on my behind...
I should have gone and got the broom.
But don't cry for me; I am not in distress. There is another in the package, a better one, so now I will proudly wear the crystal beads. I have definitely traded up, and I am not missing joy. (DTR)
As Seen On This Blog!
Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by Papina
I must share a good consumer item when I find one!
I love my latest purchase: The EZ Comb (or, as I like to call it, "The Pocket Hair Weasel"). They should really call it "combs" because you get two for--you guessed it--$9.99. I hate spending money on little pieces of junk that don't do what they are meant to, but these things are easy to put in and work very well without popping out your eyeballs. I look forward to taking photos outdoors without my hair flying in my mouth or in front of the lens.
I also bought an Aerobed. It's summer in Chicago, so for the next three months it will feel like there is a heavy-breathing Saint Bernard sitting on my chest, licking my face. The Aerobed will allow me to sleep downstairs on the flood-proof (see previous post) ceramic tile floor on those nights it is like a tropical crematorium upstairs. I tried it out last night and slept eight hours STRAIGHT. That has happened maybe three times in my life. Gotta love those 20% off coupons, too. And having an excuse to waste huge chunks of time enjoying the free air conditioning in Bed, Bath & Beyond staring up at the Wall of Kitchen Gadgets is always a plus. Long live BB&B and (some of) "as seen on TV."