This weekend I hadn't actually set out to do a 24 hour project, but I realised that if I pulled my finger out I could hit the usual deadline! Last week I was scouting out a new local location in the form of a woodland. Despite factoring in low light and pushing my ISO I didn't get an image I was really happy with. What made things harder was the sunlight piercing through openings in the canopy of leaves above. Trying to expose for low light I ended up with blow outs on the ground. I could have tried HDR but for now I'm not the greatest fan of it.
So this weekend, given that it was overcast I thought I'd try again. I changed the location and frequented Hockley Woods, a vast woodland that you can quite easily get lost in! Leaving the bridleway I stumbled through the damp leaves, over hanging branches and fended off the mozzies! I found a few spots I liked and then I found my piece de resistance! A fallen silver birch tree in a clearing, illuminated by natural light. Perfect!
The image that I used as my backdrop is made up of 9 images in total, shot with a 50mm lens. The images were then stitched together in Photoshop. While I was meandering through the trees I thought about an image I had seen by Brooke Shaden. It was one that has always captured my imagination. Brooke had a model who's limbs and hair were made of wood. I wanted to have a go at this style myself, so thought now would be the perfect opportunity. I found some tree branches and a beautiful purple flower which I took various pictures of at differing angles which were used in this composite.
I have up until this point never done nude shots. To be honest I've steered clear of it for one reason and one reason only. When you publish your work, it's fair to say a part of you looks for positive feedback. This typically might be in the form of likes or new followers on your Flickr profile. However I have felt concious that you perhaps only get higher volumes of likes/followers because of being naked, rather than the concept and effort that went into creating the image. In other words, I don't want to get caught in the trap of publishing nude shots just to gain likes/followers!
Now you might say what I've done here contradicts what I've just said. To some degree you might be right! Be let me explain why I've gone ahead and done it this time. In my final piece it's a heavily composited, fantasy style image. There's more going on in the image than simply being butt naked. I've seen quite a few images in the last 6 months where the model simply strikes a pose, and it's really nothing more than the fact they are naked which holds up the image (in terms of popularity).
Well without further a due here is the final image!