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And One Time, at the Little Jettys …

… nothing happened. Because they were gated up. Apparently the Corps of Engineers are modifying the channel and they’re using them as a platform for equipment. And they didn’t even bother to tell me. So – surprise! You’re not getting in!

We had plans., Jess, Taylor and I. Yoga. Jetty. Sunset. Color. Sky. Excitement!

So on to plan “B.” Which, well, we really didn’t have. But this is after all photography, where we make our own reality and play the hand we’re dealt. So …

It’s not Mayport – it’s Cozumel!

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

We don’t need no stinkin’ jetty!

Can’t you just hear the Calypso music and taste those yummy boat drinks! And the bird was not composited. I did make him repeat his flight pattern several times to make sure he was compositionally in the correct position …

Only photography can turn the grit that is the “beach” (and if ever a word was used loosely … just sayin’)  along A1A in Mayport into some semblance of a tropical paradise. It is, um, rustic. But what’s a little glass in the sand when there’s art involved? “If it’s not dangerous what’s the point?” And, after all, we were already there. So rather than pout and stick our bottom lip out (Ok, maybe I did just a little) we found made our own little piece of paradise and shot away.

Jess sticking wonderful yoga poses amongst cigarette butts and used charcoal briquettes. Ah, ambiance!

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

I love to key shift, and the dramatic skies (thanks to our buddy Colin, who is at present dumping many inches of rain on us) lent itself nicely. Just a couple of stops or so. To key shift requires something to shift to – like a strobe. And my location strobe is the Elinchrom Quadra.

In general, I used the Qaudra’s standard 5″ reflector/diffuser, not a slouch and very useable in the great outdoors with its abundance of ambient fill.

When required, however, I used a modifier unique to Elinchrom – the square rigid reflector (a plastic softbox, if you will) with grid – to channel the light and keep it off stuff we didn’t want lit. It being rigid and the wind being what it was, it’s a fantastic situational modifier that, in true Elinchrom fashion, gives great light. And great light is what we are after.

We bring the light to enhance the light we find.

Add a talented yogi and a recipe for wonderful photographs is born.

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

We finished up just before the rains came. The sky, though not particularly colorful, was dramatic.

Taylor was a great assistant, and even got in on the posing:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

Ah, youth.

And what would (one of my) shoots be without a little B&W.

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

When I shoot location like this, I leave plenty of space for logos and copy. What a great way to illustrate and promote yoga sessions, or to create a beautiful record of a practice!

All in all I was very happy with the images, as was Jess. Many thanks to her (and Taylor’s) perseverance and willingness to go along with this madcap adventure in less than ideal conditions.

Technical details on the images can be found on flickr.

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