July 23, 2012

Ingrid Models in her Element (Ingramport River, Nova Scotia)

This session was my first time working with Ingrid in over two years (and also marks our 14th year of working together); between some health issues on her side, and my schedule, it has taken this long for the stars to realign.

I suspect Ingrid and I have worked in this river more than a dozen times since we first worked together in 1998; the old saying that you never cross the same river twice is absolutely true, as though the space may be the same each time we work there, the river is always different.
Digital original, 2 image stitch
Fortunately, the two intervening years have had little influence on her skills as a model, and over the ninety minutes we worked together, numerous strong images were made, with this one being my favorite. The blend between the motion of the water to the right, and the transparency of the water to the left is just perfect in this image.
Digital original
Towards the end of the session with Ingrid, I decided to change my approach, shifting to my 85mm f/1.2 lens (with a 64x ND filter on it), and working with Ingrid posing in the reflection of the sky (clouds back-lit) by the setting sun. The shallow depth of field, along with the luminescence of the reflected sky worked beautifully, while the 0.5 second exposure provided just enough motion in the water to make it interesting.
Digital infrared original, 2 frame stitch
Without a doubt my favourite approach to working with the Nude in water is to set the motion of the water in contrast to the body; in this case however, like the shallow depth of field image above, I decided to work with the light and contrast of the situation, as opposed to blur the water.

July 21, 2012

A night Session (Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia)

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A fingernail moon rising over the Aspotogan Peninsula.
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As the sunset faded in the western sky, the lighthouse began to separate out from the blue sky behind.
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During the second night photography field trip, we were graced with a cloudless sky; After the last student left, I made the longest night exposure I’ve created to date - an hour (which adds up to two hours after the long exposure noise reduction). Unfortunately, the long exposure lead to a lot of noise; while the low resolution image here hides it, it would take a lot of work to remove to visible noise and create a seamless, smooth image. Fortunately, 20 minute exposures don’t seem to suffer from this issue, so I will likely draw the line there.

July 19, 2012

Stephanie Poses in a River (Ingramport River, Nova Scotia)

It has been well over a year since my last session with Stephanie, and given that she originally got in touch out of an interest in modeling in water, and given that we’d never done such a thing, I suggested we might give it a go, given how warm the weather has been lately.
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 The night we set out to work on was lovely and warm, and the water was perfect - for most of the session, Stephanie was warmer in the water, rather than out of it! There were a number of good images that came out of the 90 minutes we worked together, but this one really caught my eye, due to the interplay between the body and the water, and the reflection of the evening sky.
Digital original
I have always loved how water grass looks when long exposures are used, but much of my work with it to date has been in black and white or infrared. With this image, I worked hard to keep the reflection of the sky off the grasses around Stephanie, so the green would play a major role in the final composition.
Digital infrared original
The final images of this session were spent working with the infrared camera out in the faster moving part of the river; by this point, Stephanie was getting a little chilled, so most of the images had her body out of the water, and we worked around trailing arms and legs blending her body into the river around her.

July 11, 2012

A_'s First Outdoor Session (Martinique Beach, Nova Scotia)

A_ had modeled for me once before in the spring, but this was our first chance to work together outdoors; the day was less than ideal - bright, harsh sun, but we started early enough (9:30am) to have some angular light to work with.
Digital infrared original, 2 frame stitch
Given the light, I headed to the coast, knowing that most of the time I work with models prone on beaches, or in water, and that is the one kind of pose that direct overhead light works best for. We were fortunate to arrive at low time, which exposed a spine of rock in the centre of the beach - in infrared all the seaweed on the rocks was rendered almost as light at A_'s skin, which was really pleasing below such a pleasing sky.
Digital infrared original
After some images made with A_ posing on the rocks and seaweed, we shifted to working in the water itself. Even in early July, the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia is not "warm", but A_ was more than keen to work with the water and took the plunge.
Digital infrared original, 3 frame stitch
This image, literally the last of the session, was made two hours later, during the worst light of the day…proving it is less the light, and more what is done with it that makes a good photograph.

July 01, 2012

Scotland XX - South to Edinburgh (Dunkeld to Queensferry, Scotland)

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Probably my favorite cat photograph to date. Dunkeld, Scotland. I'd just finished some photographs of the cathedral when this lovely feline came out to say hi.
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A massive trunk by Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Scotland.
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It was only by accident that this image was made; I booked the last night of accommodations during this trip based on cost and location, only to discover that Queen's Ferry has a great look out onto the Firth of Forth. This was one of the last photographs I made in Scotland, during my 2012 visit.