After a well-earned and restful dinner, Miranda and I set out again for Bellville, to work with the trees and fields with the lowering sun (I would have loved to stay right to sunset, but with two hours to drive back to Moncton, I had to balance the beauty of the light with the practicality of getting home at a reasonable hour).
The fields and trees we worked with were directly behind the
abandoned house we'd worked with several hours before, but provided a
vastly different setting to work in. Over dinner, the sun had finally
come out from the clouds, through over the entire session it alternated
between sunny and clouds so swiftly that if the light was wrong for a
particular image, all we had to do was wait a couple minutes, and it
Normally I prefer to work with diffused light,
with with the setting sun, but the angular light was perfect, flooding
across the fields, and providing wonderful modeling to Miranda's
figure.When we were working with the line of trees dividing two of the
fields, the side lighting also picked up Miranda's hair colour, making
the images particularly successful in colour (the warmth of her
golden-brown hair provided a beautiful contrast to the cool greens of
the grass and trees).
|Digital infrared original, 8 frame stitch|
When we moved out to work in the field
itself, I changed my approach for the first set of images, asking
Miranda to work with a single fence-post, and waiting until the sun was
behind clouds before making an image. I took inspiration from a photo
I'd made of Victoria in Alberta, when working on my first portfolio in
1999. Waiting for the light to be even helped set the delicate tonality
of Miranda's evenly lit figure in the field off against the stark
contrast of the sky, with the white clouds set against a dark gray.
final images of the day were made of Miranda sitting among the Timothy
grass in the field, with the low sun back lighting her figure, and
setting it off against the surrounding grass, which became a sea of
light gray on the infrared camera. After ten minutes of exploring with
working in the field, Miranda and I called it a session, and headed for
|Digital infrared original, 3 frame stitch|
Hindsight being perfect, this day proved the most productive of the portfolio - the weather was ideal, starting with high overcast, and ending with intermittent sun, and with a guide, we had the opportunity to work with a number of spaces we couldn't have found on our own. It was also one of the few days that permitted the use of my 8"x10" view camera (most of the other days were just too damp to bring it out on) .
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