August 21, 2018

Esme in a River (Ingramport River, Nova Scotia)

Digital original, 8 image mean blend
When Esme and I first worked together, her primary interest was in modeling in water, so when we planned a second solo session, a river was an obvious choice. I've worked in this particular river since 1996, but given the nature of water, it is different every time I visit it!
Digital original, 4 image mean blend
It was a real pleasure to work with Esme; a passionate artist, she has a strong body sense, and really enjoys modeling, which shows in the image. In contrast to much of my previous images of the Nude in water, for most of this session I worked with mean blends (blending multiple images of water motion) than extremely long exposures to generate the water motion. This has multiple advantages, the best of which is shorter overall exposures, which makes it easier for the model to hold a pose.
Digital original, 10 image mean blend
One of the most striking images of the session is the above photo - Esme had just finished a prone pose, and was stretching out her back and shoulder muscles. I caught a glimpse of it, and loved the light on her torso and kneed. I asked her to repeat the motion, and pause at the apex - which is when I made this image. Much more dynamic than my usual languid approach to posing models around water, it is really pleasing, and might provoke further explorations in future water sessions.

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