Of late I had not been able to get my very personal fix of creative image making, Sometimes I just don't get to shoot as often as I need too. No let me say that again - I NEED to photograph. Just ask my husband and children what happens when I am deprived of image making. Needless to say, it aint pretty. This weekend I was determined I would create something. My 13 year old son had a birthday party in the National Park for the better part of Sunday and so with that I loaded up the car and headed to my favourite little spot in the National Park down south.
As I drove off I prayed to the weather gods to please sustain the heavy overcast conditions and not allow the otherwise grey and looming clouds to release their water laden loads. Once I arrived at my little piece of National Park seclusion it didn't matter what the weather decided to do, I was a women on a mission.
Despite no assistant, no model and no way to otherwise control the ambient light I surveyed the scene and quickly decided on a couple of ideas. I had packed a series of wardrobe and props that I had been meaning to combine and with that I went to work. Fortunately my little spot is off and away from the main road and possible visitors, so it made experimenting with a couple of ideas a little more reassuring.
Feeling inspired and challenged by my newly learned post processing techniques I set out to create an image that I knew would come to life in post. Being the model and photographer certainly comes with it's limitations. But the upside is that I know exactly what I want and will do whatever it takes to get the shot I need.
For the technically minded this was taken with a 16-35mm F/2.8 , Mark III, tripod and infrared remote. I had brought along flashes but decided to keep it simple and work with an otherwise gloriously flat ambient light. I jumped, tossed my hair and arched my back all working towards portraying a series of simple stories, slightly constrained by having to hold and conceal at the same time the control in my hand. Of course non of that mattered, I was a pig in the glorious mud.
I have Creative Live to credit with a swag of recently learned post techniques that helped bring this image to life. What a fabulous learning resource for all things photographic.
I sense this is the start of something new and exciting.