I’m not sure if this is particularly funny anymore, but it was when I shot it.
I think. There was a minor swine flu outbreak in the Pacific rim and a lot of people were wearing masks. In retrospect, it would have been a good time to lay in a supply.
It’s hard to assess how lighting is going to come out when you’re shooting yourself, and that particularly matters when you’ve got things (like my glasses) that you want to catch a reflection. To do this, I have a microphone stand with an easy raise/lower release, and it actually has one of those old school radio mics on it (the slotted pot metal housings) – I can position the mic and get the reflections right on it, then put my head right where it was, match the angle, and lower the mic. From there it’s a matter of feeding the camera a dozen or two images with slight variations and picking the best one.