The greatest trick to working with the Nude outdoors is finding the settings in which to work - these can be found by chance, personal experience, or the recommendations of others. The last session of the first day of the New Brunswick Portfolio was set in a coastal location shown to me by a fellow photographer, who had been intending to show me the space for more than a year. Less than an hour from Moncton, the space brought to mind the drama of Alberta's hoodoo's, though it also bore similarities to the rock space of Burntcoat Head, in Nova Scotia.
By the time we arrive at Bas-Cap-Pele, it was early in the evening, the
wind had come up (more evidence of the tail wind of the tropical storm
that was moving through New Brunswick) and the sky was a leaden gray,
threatening rain. All that was swept asside however, when we stepped out
of the car and looked over the cliffside and the landscape below. The
red sandstone rock which made up the shoreline had been shaped by the
continual assult of the ocean, until it had carved a wonderland of
organic caves, bluffs and freestanding hoodoos, the greatest of which
lay directly below the parking spot where we stood.
As the light was fading, and the evening had turned decidedly cool, Miranda and I only had the chance to make a handfull of images working with the space (also, being directly below a car park, and close to houses, the space was relatively exposed to interlopers). Taking advantage of the DSLR's potential and the even light, I made the images of the rock and surrounding water first (using three rows of three images to increase the final image's resolution), and then had Miranda experiment with the pose possibilities, assembling the results in to seven finished images later in the computer.
|Digital infrared original, 4 frame stitch