This session marks the earliest I have ever worked with a model outdoors - prior to this it was May 15. The day was cool, but Lisa was comfortable enough to work for a good two hours. The day was perfect for photography, light overcast conditions providing wonderfully even lighting, while not costing much in terms of my exposures.
The power plant we worked at is an abandoned hydro plant that drew water
off the Penobscot River through huge penstock tunnels, one of which (I
assume it was an overflow penstock) emerged beside the plant. It was in
this space Lisa and I worked.
This session was also my first
session using my new 75mm f/4.5 Rodenstock lens for my 4"x5" camera, which
performed admirably - the strongest image encompassing the full opening
of the tunnel was made with it. The brighter image on the ground-glass,
combined with the wide angle and large image circle helped tremendously
with the image, and I look forward to pushing the lens to its limits
over the coming months.
All in all, the first outdoor session of the year was a success. Lisa was an excellent model, and was very comfortable, despite it being her first time modelling nude. Though the day was a little cool, I was very pleased with what we achieved, especially the number of strong portraits that were produced.