There's a lot of beauty in simplicity. A simple, sheer fabric, a willing model, and a lovely light sky make for a simple, yet powerful concept. I used one speed light to light Zack so that he wouldn't be silhouetted against the bright sky. The speed light also ensured that I didn't lose any of the light, wispy clouds that were present in the sky. While this works without a ton of detail, I didn't want to lose detail, either. I had to create a balance and the speed light helped to bring out the subtleties.
Here's a second image in the rain/water element series.
This session was especially fun because I was able to work with twins, Zack and Michael. While I created complimentary images for each, the feel for the images varied because of the differences in their expressions and personalities. Zack, from http://www.jalexaphotography.com/jalexa-photography-ramblings/warren-mi-fine-art-portraits-let-the-rain-call-you-home brought powerful expressions and abandon. Michael, on the other hand, brings a stoic strength to this image.
Some of the worst weather makes the best images. It was windy, cloudy, and rainy during this session, but that worked out well. We were, after all, working on a conceptual series about the elements.
Because of the weather, though, I had to limit my equipment. I usually keep my equipment minimal on location anyway, but the wind was so strong, I didn't use any light modifiers. The larger to modifier, the more likely it would blow away and break the light. Instead, I opted for hard light and I balanced it with the ambient light.
I realize this is cliched (dead tree in black and white), but there was something about this gnarly tree that caught me eye. I think it was a combination of the shape of its branches and the texture of the bark.
I've been spending a lot of time in the woods. It's where I'm calmest. Hiking on trails, I let my mind and eye wander. Either a capture an image or I come up with and idea for a future concept. Ideas come from many places, but lately, mine have been coming from nature.
Being Scottish and Irish, I can't let Beltane (Bealtaine in Irish and Bealltainn in Scottish Gaelic) pass without wishing everyone a happy May day Beltane.
Traditionally, people associate Beltane with bon fires. I'm posting a non-traditional interpretation. This image is for Earth. It's celebrating spring renewal. While on a hike, there are still a lot of leaves left from fall, not yet absorbed into the soil, but still lovely to walk through. If you look closely, you'll see a few bits of green sprouting through the leaves.
Once again, I have to thank my friend Shannon for being willing to get up before dawn to shoot a concept with me. She is always fun to work with and open to my crazy ideas.