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Modeling At The Great Swamp At Sunset

(If you enjoy these photos of Gina, you will be pleased to know she is the live model for my photography workshop happening next week at Salt Studios in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday, January 30th. We start at 9:00am and will be discussing your goals as a photographer, my workflow (planning a shoot, composition, flash/natural/hybrid lighting) and then shooting with Gina for the second half of the day. Space is limited and There are 10 slots left. REGISTER TODAY!)

Today I give you a modeling shoot at a vast nature preserve. It’s almost unfair shooting at a place like this. It’s wide open wilderness and strange on top of it. There are eagles and hawks everywhere. Weird skeletal trees. On this particular day we were the only two souls in the preserve since it was both windy and freezing cold. But we bundled up and trekked around for an hour.

The first panoramic overlook provided us with a preview of what the rest of the shoot would look like. Warm golden sunlight. No light modifiers would be necessary. Just two Canon 6D bodies, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and Canon 85mm f/1.8

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

My Time With The The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS

This is an impressive lens. The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L is primarily used for nature and sports photography and the Image Stabilization is necessary even with a quality tripod. When a lens has its own strap, you know it’s quite heavy. I’ve also never used a more expensive lens in my life. At $14,000.00 you better believe I was extremely careful with it.

My goal was to take it out and capture local wildlife in the short time I’d have it. The photos below are from The Great Swamp in Basking Ridge, New Jersey as well as Rahway River Park in Rahway, New Jersey. Very pleased with the results. Thanks to Canon CPS for letting me use this monster.

Go ahead and treat yourself.

Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 lens

Venus Belly Dancer Session at The Great Swamp

Our shoot together started as the sun  began descending on The Great Swamp  in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The fields were a nice golden color and accented the model’s attire perfectly. I wandered into the brush a bit to set up gear and we snapped a few photos before moving into the marsh area of the swamp. “The boardwalk” there isn’t the kind selling cotton candy and ferris wheel tickets. If there was a ride on this boardwalk it’d be called “Monster Mosquito”. The point of the ride is to not lose all of your blood before escaping to the parking lot. Venus was a TROOPER. She takes her work seriously and you should learn more about her at the Venus Belly Dancer web site.

View the entire gallery of Venus

Venus Bellydancer collage