the saucy sue

Sometimes bringing all of the elements for an image together can take some time. This was certainly the case with my image of “The Saucy Sue”.

Back in October 2018 my wife and I called into Hamilton Gardens on our way up to Auckland. The gardens are amazing with sections all done out into different themes. In one of these we found “the Saucy Sue”.

The minute I saw it I knew that I wanted to incorporate it into an image and pretty much had the concept in my at point.

So when we got home I cut the boat out of the background and I went looking for a suitable landscape to use with. I settled on an area shot just outside Hasting in April 2014.

I blended the two images together and was reasonably happy with the result. This was relatively simple as the light on the day that the boat was shot was very flat.

I know needed someone to pilot it. I had the idea that Kimberley would be perfect, however sorting out a shoot time proved difficult.It was not until earlier this year, when she was coming out for The Dressmaker shoot, I decided we could add this one as well.

Kimberley’s costume was made out of a corset, a dress hoop and some lengths of materials. We didn’t have to worry about the feet as I knew these would not be visible.

As the boat was elevated I had Kimberley stand on a small stool and I shot from a low angle. This made getting the perspective easier.

As can be seen in the photo the lighting for the image was a large softbox placed camera right and a reflector to bounce some light back. The lighting was positioned to match the direction of the light in the landscape image.

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