[vimeo 9437544 Cameron Attree ZoeFest ’09]
Just saw this on Vimeo and thought I’d share because it’s awesome.
This post includes several of what I consider some of my favorites that I had just loaded on my blog and not this one…I was trying to balance it out between this one and my personal one. So for consideration for publication….here you go!!!!!!
Soph has such style to her modeling, and she likes to be anonymous in the photographs. So when I booked my room at the Elandra in Mission Beach and they had props already in the room I was delighted and had a few ideas that would fit to her style of figure work. It’s a challenge to make anonymous nudes. A too obvious pose lets the viewer in on the secret, and I never like to give away my secrets and I wanted to bring out something more that also worked with her style. So this all worked out brilliantly in this space. At least I think so.
I’ve reached the end of the trail with the images from my trip to New Zealand and Oz. There may be odds and ends that I edit from time to time, but these pictures of Bink represent the last of the best. It makes me a little sad to wrap up this creative journey that started a year ago starting to plan the trip and ending now editing the last pictures. In between was a lot of hard work planning a New Zealand trip for 4 fun companions to eventually join more than 20 talented creative souls from OZ, Scotland, England, and the USA in Mission Beach, Australia. And though the sights were incredible, the unforgettable thing for me is the bounds of old friendships strengthened and the new friendships made, the unselfish sharing of talent by some amazing photographers and the intrepid spirit of the models as they climbed rocks and trees, waded in muddy pools, greeted the dawn in warm tropical breezes, balanced on logs, fought off swarms of jungle flies and wild killer birds. Of course all of this made smoother with the local lubricants of Toohey’s and Murder Point. I’ve never seen a 30 pack of beer before. 🙂
And in the end, I am blown away by all the incredible images I’ve created from the trip with the help of such talented, creative people. I felt like I was able to experiment with new technical aspects of photography – becoming a better photographer as well as new directions in editing that have expanded my creative abilities.
Well, Back to the final images. As you may notice, you don’t see Bink’s feet in any of these shots. As told before, the poor lass had cute her foot on some rocks and then had a crab bite her other foot and she could barely walk and needed to keep her shoes on. So we shot around her boots. In spite of all that she kept going as we hiked and limped up the Mt Kataloo trail on Dunk Island with me worrying if we should stop. We made it half way up the mountain not seeing many shooting sites until we came upon this massive tree, which I believe is a Banyan Tree. It was so huge it must have been 100’s of years old. Bink expertly used her famous green shawl to create some classic images complimenting the dark brown bark and green moss on the tree.
Is that a word? Well it applies. As Bink mentioned in her posting, it was a day of adventure. Here’s a few more from our morning session at Mission Beach. I believe several of these are some of the best fine art images I’ve ever created thanks to a beautiful sunrise, a tropical morning and a very talented lady. To see more go to the posting “Bink at the Beach” on my blog http://figuremodels.org/ericscott
Over the next two to three weeks, I will be picking out images for our book to accompany this trip. Projected book release will be April 2010. Working title: OZ 2009. The title will change of course. 😉
Trying to keep the dream alive with a sampling of recently finished works collaborating with the models Joceline, Soph and Vassanta. For more from these sessions, please visit my blot at http://figuremodels.org/ericscott.
I spent an afternoon at Mission Beach, Australia shooting the London fashion and art model, Joceline in the jungles and beaches in the area.Â We started out shooting in the jungles and moved to the rock seawall and beaches as the sun was setting.Â The set here was shot among the rocks of the seawall as the sun cast a golden glow on Jocelineâ€™s English porceline complexion and hair.Â Joceline is trained as a ballerina and she showed off her grace posing among the rocks and expertly using the light to accentuate her form.Â Future blogs will show our other fine art and fashion sets in the jungle and beach.Â Lovely work, Joceline!!
In our stay in Mission Beach, the hotel Eco Village was very supportive and accommodating toÂ our needs.Â I can’t say enough good things about them.Â Â They gave usÂ free rein of the open air dining facility in the evenings to present our slide shows and even allowed us to shootÂ nudes around the property as long as we were respectful to the other guests.Â And there were some very nice places to shoot on the propertyÂ as well as the adjoiningÂ beach with justÂ a few short step from your bungalow.Â Â Â One day, Vassanta and I wandered around the property looking for places to shoot. We found a grove of palm trees, another areaÂ 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 VÂ 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.Â I also used some new editing techniques to get a gorgeous platinum hued split tone result.Â Â We were also fortunate to benefit from one of Â those rare occasions where you are at the right place at the right time.Â She wasÂ posing on top of this tree that had grown around a rock when aÂ natural sun burst started filtering throughÂ the trees behind her.Â This alsoÂ provided a spot of light on her as well.Â I timedÂ theÂ shot to coincideÂ as the burst came through the trees. Ahhh….another day in paradise!Â I want to go back!!!!
While shooting around our hotel at Mission Beach, the ever creative Vassanta put together some different looks using the husks off the side of palm trees as a headdress, discarded palm fronds to frame her face and some discarded branches to create some â€œantlersâ€.Â Â Â I thought it would be interesting to share some of the different versions of these portraits from my experiments in Lightroom. More photos to come from the sessions around Mission Beach and the palms.