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.

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