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ZoeFest 2009 Australia Mission Beach

Vassanta: Mission Beach Palm Fashion

In our stay in Mission Beach, the hotel Eco Village was very supportive and accommodating to our needs.  I can’t say enough good things about them.  They gave us free rein of the open air dining facility in the evenings to present our slide shows and even allowed us to shoot nudes around the property as long as we were respectful to the other guests.  And there were some very nice places to shoot on the property as well as the adjoining beach with just a few short step from your bungalow.   One day, Vassanta and I wandered around the property looking for places to shoot. We found a grove of palm trees, another area that the hotel was using to discard palm fronds providing a bed of leaves, and a discarded branch that looked like bizarre antlers. The ever creative V  also came up with the idea of using parts of the webbing around the palm trunk as a headdress. We got some lovely shots using the amber color of the palm fronds to accentuate her tan. I also used some new editing techniques to get a gorgeous platinum hued split tone result.   We were also fortunate to benefit from one of  those rare occasions where you are at the right place at the right time.  She was posing on top of this tree that had grown around a rock when a  natural sun burst started filtering through the trees behind her.  This also provided a spot of light on her as well.  I timed the shot to coincide as the burst came through the trees. Ahhh….another day in paradise!  I want to go back!!!!

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