So my original plan was thus.
A few years ago, my modeling friend Lauren helped me create an illusion called Her Stolen Heart, in which she would hold a frame and I would photograph in such a way that the frame appeared to show what was behind her.
I entered it as one of my submissions for the New York State Fair photography competition in 2012, and although Her Stolen Heart did not make the cut, I didn’t want to give up on the concept.
Last weekend, I asked my modeling friend Angela if she was interested in taking some modeling pictures in the Adirondacks. She agreed. I’ve worked with Angela before, and she – like Lauren – is a great person and is more than willing to pose for photos in exchange for picture that she can use for her modeling portfolio or for her Facebook wall.
So it was off to the Adirondacks – myself, Angela, my Nikon Df camera and a spare picture frame. Not that orange heart frame, mind you – one of the judges told me the reason that Her Stolen Heart didn’t make the walls of the art center was because I didn’t color-correct for what eventually appeared as an orange heart. Oops.
We found a snowy spot in the Adirondacks (yes, at this time of year every spot is snowy in the Adirondacks), and we set up for the photo shoot. I asked her to hold the frame in various locations.
Then all I have to do from this point is to let her “model” the frame, holding it in various locations. Plain and simp-simps, as the old saying goes.
And of course, I’m thinking, “This is going to be better than Her Stolen Heart. This is going to make it to the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center. My photography skills have improved since 2012. I can do this.”
We tried a few different locations with the frame. Then, with the magic of computer technology… I was able to create the following images below.
Not bad, not bad, not bad at all. There’s some possibilities here. I can work with this. I think.
On the way back to the car from the photo shoot, we walked through a covered bridge. And it was at that moment that I realized … hey wait a second, Chuck, here’s an opportunity. You may not get this again. If you snooze, you lose.
“Angela,” I said, “look out that window for a second.”
And I got this photo, lit only by the ambient light through the window of a covered bridge.
And now I have, shall we say, “options.”
Because I could enter any of those “magic picture frames” into competition this summer, I certainly could.
But what if I wanted to enter that simple photo of Angela looking out a window? That’s a good shot in and of itself, without any digital gimmicks or illusion.
Let’s put it this way. I’m keeping these images in the short piles for competition, for sure.
Man, I’m getting excited about Competition Season 2015.
Especially if I can get photos like these.