The season for ghosts and goblins is upon us again. To join in the Happy Halloween celebration, I wanted to post an image different than the typical pumpkins, witches and candles. This image was shot in the forest in the northeast US in the summer. The whole scene was incredibly green. I wanted the subject to stand out, so I converted it to black and white and brought the color back for the model, manikin and bench.
Lalita was a great model, dressed in what appears to be a wedding frock. The setting in the forest with the miniature manikin on the bench gives the image an eerie feel. Although, at the time an eerie feel was not my concept. My vision was one of a maiden lost in the lush green forest and stumbled upon the bench with a smaller version of herself causing her to reflect on her life and future. The eeriness evolved in post processing and I rather like the direction the image took, especially at Halloween.
So Happy Halloween everyone! It is the prefect day for a mask and don’t forget to catch the full moon tonight.
Just wanted to share “Survival” one of the latest black and white prints I have available for sale. It is an image of a Florida tree living in salt water or maybe just barely hanging on for life. Shot in Sarasota bay waters where mangroves, sea-grapes and a variety of water fowl feed and live. (yes, it is saltwater, so no alligators do not live there) I went out that day because it looked like their would be heavy fog and this particular spot provides a harbor for quite a few sailboats. I was looking for that misty, dewy, foggy morning with sailboats vaguely revealing themselves. Those shots didn’t come out as well as I would of liked, but then this particular tree caught my attention. It also has caught the attention of many water birds as they perched on the branches either resting themselves or fishing.
I used black and white in post processing and wanted a rather overexposed background to simulate and remind me of the fog of the day. It was a great day to be shooting and it helped jump start my creativity.