At the end of the studio
session with Christine, we made plans to meet up again, but this time
to work more in my style, focusing on the Nude outdoors. As much fun as
the previous day's studio session was, the images (fashion photos) were
very much just for Christine's use.
|Digital infrared original, 39 frame stitch|
Christine had done some figure modeling before in the studio,
but apart from one short session earlier in the year, she, hadn't worked
outdoors previously. After walking for ten minutes to a location I'd
worked in several times before, we started with some very classical
images of her sitting among the granite rocks of a glacial till. I was using a borrowed telephoto lens for the session, so I made a large stitched image (39 frames) of the most successful image, using the lens' large (f/2.8) aperture to keep the depth of field shallow.
|Digital infrared original|
After our first set of images was complete, Christine had
become more accustomed to the process as a whole, and began suggesting
locations or poses.
several hours, we worked our way through a visually rich landscape,
predominantly focusing on her posing on and among rocks, but
occasionally we managed to find poses that worked with the spring-bare
trees, or even the small lakes, and the shallow Canaan River that flowed
near the glacial rocks.
Several times over the session, Christine and I worked on nude portraits,
but it took some effort on both our parts to make these look natural
and relaxed. So much of the photography that Christine is regularly
involved with is fashion-based that it was her natural inclination to
"pose" every time I would make a composition that was obviously a
portrait. Over the afternoon that we worked together however, she
gradually relaxed enough for several fine nude portraits to be made,
portraits which seem to be very much about her as a person, not just
about a pose struck for the camera.
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