June 24, 2019

Hailey & I Return to the Coast (Atlantic Shore, Nova Scotia)

My second session of the year with Hailey was something of a mirror of the first; faced with a lovely warm, sunny evening, we headed for the coast, both to avoid hordes of bugs, and to give Hailey a chance to work with water - her favourite environment to model in.
Digital infrared original

We began the session with Hailey working in a thick bed of seaweed, and me taking advantage of how infrared light renders the rock-weed (Fucus vesiculosus). After some initial compositions with longer lenses, made on tripods, I decided to risk working out on the seaweed covered rocks with a wide-lens (hand held). The result was a much wider composition, with luminous seaweed in the foreground wrapped around a pale, elegant figure, below a dark, dramatic sky.

Digital infrared original

From working on the seaweed, Hailey moved on to working in the seaweed, clambering out into the ocean proper, and finding a rock to work around; after some experimentation, she found the perfect line to pose with!

Digital infrared original, 2 frame blend
Taking a break from the ocean to allow Hailey to warm up a little (the ocean is averaging 6.7°C / 44°F at the moment), I asked if she'd be able to work below a large erratic balanced on a cliff-edge. After refining the pose a little, we made a small series of images of a couple of poses - then I made a 2 minute exposure (taking inspiration from the movement-focused image of the sea weed), permitting me to blend the two images together into the final image, above.
Digital infrared original
The last image set of the session saw Hailey returning to posing in the ocean - the sun was moving lower in the sky by this time, and providing long, dramatic shadows to work with - yielding a striking series of images, of which my favourite is the above! The only thing missing was additional models - something I hope to add to the process in upcoming session!

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