September 29, 2015

Ingrid in the Burned Forest (Herring Cove, Nova Scotia)

As the fall moves on, every outdoor session is precious, and as the colours start to change, more magical. That makes the first success of this session a little ironic as it was made in infrared, and focuses on the contrast of the texture of the fall foliage surrounding Ingrid's torso, as opposed to the colours. More than anything, I love the delicate tones of the image.
Digital infrared original, 2 frame focus blend
There were a number of colour photographs made during the session, but the foliage was only starting to change colour, so the overall palette was more traditional than I'd expected, so I chose to work with the bare, stark trees in contrast to Ingrid, as opposed to the colour below them.
Digital original
The final set of images focused on a massive coil of cable we found in the forest - doubtless a remnant of the old military fortifications nearby. When we first saw it, I gave no thought to working with it (assuming it would be spiky and awkward to pose upon), but Ingrid immediately moved onto it, and discovering it was quite comfortable (compared to rocks and trees), she enthusiastically began exploring it for pose options.
Digital infrared original, 2 frame stitch
In the end, there were more than a handful of different poses which worked, but the above, a panoramic stitch looking from Ingrid lying back on the cable, all the way up past the burnt trees to the lovely sky is by far my favourite. A lovely, and very unexpected way to end the session.

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