There’s a spot just near Nudgee Beach that I’ve been driving past for years and each time I saw it I thought to myself “I must go and check that out”. Well I finally did and I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a gumboots trip across some marshy grassland to the swamp itself but it’s not far from the road (which is an advantage when you are lugging equipment on your own!).
I went back a week later with a lace top and an old lace curtain. I was lucky and the light was just how I wanted it and on the day I was shooting the water was reasonably clear (if you didn’t stir it up too much). Unlike when I went back a few days later and it looked like this:
Without an assistant (or a model!) I missed out on doing a few things that I had planned but overall I’m happy with the result.
Here’s the original series of shots that I used:
I gave myself a Photoshop makeover and cloned the fabric from the top to cover the legs and gumboots and to match the skirt to the top. Then some gap filling, colour toning, a new sky overlay, a couple of texture overlays and voila!
There’s much I learned from this shoot and a few things I’d do differently or would like to try with more available hands so keep an eye out for an upcoming shoot at the same location.