Posts tagged forest.
"The Rising Lands"
Juneau, AK 2013
by Corwin Prescott
"The White Woods"
Custer State Park, SD by Corwin Prescott
There was a birch tree in the backyard of my childhood home, I’ve always loved the tone and texture of these trees. I’ve loved watching the young cicadas crawl from the earth up the pale branches, stopping only to escape their hardened shells. So when I saw the ghost like forest growing in the Black Hills of South Dakota I knew I had to try to do something to capture it.
Shooting a forest or tree’s in general has always been difficult to me. Tree’s are tall, much taller than my camera is capable of capturing in a single frame. This makes creating an interesting composition very difficult. Normally I will get around this by cheating. Introducing a subject like a nude model into the scenery has been my long tested tried and true method of creating interesting nature shots without dealing with the compositional hassle nature creates.
This strategy would not work here for a couple of reasons, mainly I was in an area likely to be trafficked by many people in a short amount of time, and I was standing on the edge of a cliff, so I used my newer method of cheating rule of thirds, obscenely wide panoramas.
I feel like this is really the only way I have found that can capture a forest that brings it to life. The final image is 80” wide and 30” high.
During my relatively few days in Seattle last month for the erotic arts festival I managed to fit in a shoot with relatively new model Tricia. We met up and drove to the very far out skirts of the city and set out on a long and very informative hike and a quick shoot.
Tricia having worked on a ranch, lived in the middle of nowhere, and generally having had the time to learn everything there is to know about the outdoors managed to pose among stinging nettle with absolute ease. The same stinging nettle I had no choice but to stand directly in while we shot.
Despite the many many stinging barbs that managed to work there way into my hands and arms while I was shooting we got some amazing shots. I can’t wait to get out there and work with her again. Seattle and all of the Pacific North West is one of the most beautiful places in the country.
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Shooting with Verronica was a real treat. I have been through Portland, Oregon quite a few times, but never really had the opportunity to stay for long enough to do anything but grab a bite to eat, and get a new pair of shoes, so I was really excited when my good friend and traveling nude model Velocity moved out there and offered us up a place to stay the next time we came through town.
I’m sure many of you have seen the tv show Portlandia, and had a good laugh, but really the show is nearly spot on, and the city of Portland is an awesome place to visit with large parks that one can easily disappear into for some fine art nude photography.
So my first day in town I snuck in a delicious lunch at the Prickly Ash food track and then took off to meet up with Verronica for our shoot. I always love the challenging process of finding the perfect place to shoot when I am in a new city, fortunately Portland was pretty easy, and despite the fact that I had ruined my hiking shoes the day before we managed to get around the Parks to find a large camouflaged hobo camp, as well as some amazing locations to shoot. Even better I only fell on my ass once or twice while hiking some extremely slippery trails in horribly shitty foot wear.
Verronica was absolutely fantastic as well, absolutely gorgeous, intelligent, and fantastically aware of how her poses should work in the environment. She bent herself into the small twisting beams of light that wove and shook themselves through the tree top, and contorted with the winds blowing the flora about her. Our shoot went fantastically and we managed to get everything I could have wanted and more in what was probably only an hour or two.
She will undoubtedly be the model for my 50 models 50 states project for the state of Oregon when I get back out there, and I absolutely can’t wait to see what we manage to do given a second opportunity to work together.
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