From mid-September onwards, outdoor sessions take on an extra edge. Not only is each session a crap-shoot in regards to the weather, but the light has a particularly beautiful quality as the sun moves lower in the sky for the winter months. Even for a session like this, where the lighting was muted and subdued, the low angle of the sun still had an influence, providing a direction to what would have otherwise been a totally diffused light.
I haven't done many woodland sessions this year so, knowing the bugs
were long gone, I suggested to Bobbi that we work in some trees for this
session - the day seemed warm enough, as long as we were out of the
wind. For lack of a better place to work (one woodland setting is pretty
much the same as another) we drove outside of Halifax and then parked
by the highway and walked into the woods.
As I'd expected, the
light in the woods was beautiful; none of the trees had turned to their
fall colour yet, so the space was predominately shades of green, though
there were undertones of gray and brown. The muted colour palette
suited colour images, and while a few of the photos we made were
converted into black and white, the vast majority of them I chose to
keep in colour, playing with the contrast in hue between Bobbi's warm
skin and hair, and the cool tones of the forest around her.
This session was produced exclusively with a digital camera; I had considered bringing the 8"x10" camera, but as it was pretty cool when we started working, I didn't want to sap Bobbi's energy by having her stay still for the longer poses required by the larger camera. In retrospect, the best reason for using the digital camera turned out not to be the working process (it ended up being much warmer in the woods then we'd anticipated), but the fact that the images were made in colour. So much of what I responded to in the woods was the beautiful vibrant colours of the trees, and while many of the images we made work well in black and white, it is the colour images which appeal to me the most.
|Digital original, 12 frame stitch