Every summer, in the small town of Harpursville, New York, magical forces and mythical beings converge to create the New York Faerie Festival. There, the barriers between human and animal, magic and muggle, dissolve. There, these lost boys wander the woods in search of handouts – or a hand – to devour. This is a wonderful, lush streamside family event with plenty of adult entertainment and brilliant photo opportunities around every corner. Plan to camp out for the best experience.
Geeky Photo Stuff: I went wide for this shot because I love how it distorts the subject. I would have been happier if I had a wider lens on the camera at the time, but 28mm was wide enough for this one.
Nikon D800, Tokina ATX Pro 28-70mm f/2.8 Lens at f/2.8 and 28mm. 1/500 sec. Converted to Black and White in Photoshop Lightroom.
Musicians are some of the most photographed people out there and it’s tough to come up with an original shoot concept so, like it or not, every shot is going to be derivative of something that’s already been done. The best that you can do is ad original elements of lighting, color or texture. This shot I did of Faerie singer/songwriter Jessica Star is an example. The pose is reminiscent of early Bruce Springsteen, the color, background and texture screams modern digital. The contrast might suggest film. The subject is a classic beauty, and that never hurts.
Techie Photo Stuff:
This shot was taken after a longish studio session. The studio lighting was adequate, but none of the shots spoke to me. After the formal shoot, we walked around the house and explored the gorgeous, diffuse mid-winter light that was pouring though the windows. Serendipity!
“That sense of loss grew within the hearts of the humans who had been left behind, left to live without unicorns. Even the ones who had never seen a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery.”
― Bruce Coville
Techie Stuff: f/2.8 for drama. Natural, diffused light for softness and to leverage the beauty of the subject. A teeny drip of fill. This girl was just too pretty to mess with very much.
Nikon D800 , 28.0-70.0 mm f/2.8, ƒ/2.8, 70.0 mm, 1/80, 100 ISO
In the woods, at a distance, a faerie queen and her attendant consented to pose for a portrait, which is a rare honor and a gracious gesture. While the deep woods are full of Fae folk, most people – especially adults – never see them.
Most importantly, this is an example of why natural light, when nature cooperates, is above and beyond wonderful. This was a partly cloudy day where the harsh noontime sun was diffused by both clouds and tree cover. Thanks nature!!!