Generally speaking, I traditionally finish working with the Nude in
outdoor settings by mid-September, with the cool weather and shorter
days making serious work uncomfortable and infrequent. This year
however, I have been fortunate to work with several tough-skinned
models, whom, it would seem, have as much dedication as I have to the
process (perhaps even more, as they have modeled in snow for another
photographer - something I would have a hard time encouraging!).
The session began with Ingrid and myself working on a river. The air
was too cold to consider immersion of any sort, so we worked on rocks,
first with the 4"x5" view camera, and then with 35mm infra-red. With
the Wista, it quickly became difficult to frame the images I wanted, as
there simply were not rocks in the right place. Frustrated that I could
not work with what I saw, I eventually put the tripod and camera on the
shore and finished up with the Nikon. The best image by far is the one
above on the right - the sparkling light on the water, combined with the
wind in Ingrid's hair make is a very magical image for me.
After we finished up at the river, we walked inland some, and began working in the forest. As I had never worked outdoors this late in the year, I was not aware of how dramatic the light was. Even in the early afternoon, the sun was low in the sky, providing wonderful light. The final set of images of the day, including the one to the right, had me returning to 35mm, as the models were becoming too cold during the time it took me to set up the view camera. On colder days, lighter, faster equipment is definitely the order of the day.