August 20, 2018

Esme & Ingrid on an Island (Shannon Island, Nova Scotia)

Digital infrared original
This session was several weeks in the planning, and while it deviated from the original idea (heading to a different island), it provided a fabulous opportunity to work with two models in a new, isolated location. After a short boat-ride (thanks to Esme's connections), the two models and I were dropped off onto Shannon Island, and left to our own devices.

The first set of images were made in a drove of dead trees, which had fallen to the ground and turned silver-white. Esme enthusiastically wormed her way into the branches of the largest tree, and for several minutes, we explored the possibilities. This inspiring and engaging set of images came to abrupt stop when I miss-stepped and fell backwards...no cameras were hurt, but several light cuts and lacerations on my arm and leg made us decide to leave the site, and head to more accessible/level parts of the island.
Digital infrared original
The second set of images were more traditional (for me), but really pleasing. A glacial erratic provided the perfect platform for both Esme and Ingrid to model, and as the late afternoon sun moved in and out of cloud cover, we made a series of images working with a striking setting and great light.
Digital infrared original, 2 image exposure blend
As the session progressed, the light became better and better. The above photograph takes full advantage of this, combined with the low contrast of my infrared modified camera. In colour, the shadow side of the models would have been quite dark, and devoid of detail, but in infrared, there is a striking balance between the sun-lit skin, and shadowy side of the bodies.
Digital infrared original
Towards the end of the session, before we headed back to meet the boat, Esme and I made some images of her reflected in a small water pool. The light was low and dramatic, making the rock wall above her quite dramatic, and giving real dimension to the image. A great high point to end upon, I look forward to returning to Shannon Island again, and seeing what else can be created there!

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