August 06, 2019

Ingrid and Esme on a Calm Evening (Atlantic Coast, Nova Scotia)

The weekly trend of going to the coast with Ingrid &/or Esme continues - both model's love and comfort with working in the ocean has propelled my work with water forward in ways I could never have anticipated a couple of months ago.
Digital infrared original, two image stitch

That being said, the first image set of this evening was of Esme posing with a worn and battered tree right on the path to the coast - the evening light was perfect for the space, and with no hikers visible in either distance, and Ingrid on watch, Esme and I made a handful of compositions with the space, before continuing the walk to the headland.
Digital infrared original
When we finally arrived at the headland, quite a surprise awaited us. Unlike every other coastal session this year (and perhaps ever, to my memory), the ocean was calm...instead of waves arriving every couple of sessions, the ocean just...rose and fell. It was quite literally calm. Initially, I was disappointing, as the whole reason for these ocean-side session was to work with the ocean's movement and power...and it was, essentially, subdued. Then I caught sight of a large rock covered in kelp - it was gently appearing and disappearing every 20 second or so...quite magical. The only issue was that there was nowhere near the rock for me to potion my camera...except where I was then - hundreds of feet away, and probably 40 above sea level. Fortunately, I had brought my 300mm lens, and it was just about the perfect focal length to work with.
Digital infrared original
For the next forty minutes (which contained only 20 minutes of photography, as we took a break as a group of hikers came up, chatted for a bit, and walked on) I worked from that vantage point - separately with each model, and then with both of them posting together. The outcome was fabulous - the rock was one I'd never suggest working with normally - too exposed and precarious, but with the gentle rise and fall of the ocean, it was more than safe to work on. The real magic of the composition came from the kelp blades, which measured 6" or wider in some cases, and made the entire setting look quite magical in infrared. Due to the kelp, the sense of scale is somewhat off, making the models took like miniature kelpies in a magical world of surreal pale seaweed.

The only real issue was that I invested so much time in the space that with 30 minutes of light left, I had really only made one set of compositions.
Digital infrared original
The last images of the session were made right by the shore (in contrast to the earlier images were I was hundreds of feet away from the models), again taking advantage of the calm sea. With the low sun, the horizon was becoming leaden, and the angular light lit up the seaweed along the shore, and models posing upon it. I would have loved to continue the session for another hour, but with the fading light, we finished up what images would could, and headed for home.

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