St Ives Lakes was the location for this shoot, my initial shoot plan was to have the mirror in front of the lake however the location was over grown and therefor did not allow for this to happen. However I did not waste my opportunity as there was a field nearby and I took advantage of the golden hour. The image I choose had the sun directly behind the mirror making a large shadow creating a leading line. I will recreate the desired image by taking waders to the lake and have the mirror ‘floating’ in the lake giving the correct perspective.
The location for this shoot was the Cherry Hinton Quarry, I choose this location due to the colour of the chalk which would provide an inspiring backdrop to the images. In my shooting plan I was expecting there to be white rocks with greenery behind, this would have provided a natural contrast been white and green. However once I arrived at the quarry the outlook was very green with patches of white chalk, if I decided to repeat this shoot I would plan the shoot in the winter therefor letting the greenery die off. This was unfortunately not an option due to time limits, I was able de-saturise the greenery in Photoshop to boost the effect I desired.
Although this contact sheet has little to with my theme it has everything to with my brief ‘reflections’ I had planned to take the mirror to the lake however I was unable to transport the mirror, therefore I did not want to waste a planned shoot. Within the lake there are various dead trees which pop out from the water, this is ideal for my brief as once the water is still the trees double up and reflect on the water. I have chosen on to feature as a final so it was well worth the trip.
This shoot was an advance on the previous, I returned to the lake as whilst out on the previous shoot I came across a couple of gravel piles, these would be perfect with the mirror. Whilst is had the mirror I also came across a huge pile of wood and an old caravan, I was able to capture the reflection of the caravan in the mirror, this resulted in a powerful image and was perfect for the brief.
Returning to the lake for a final time I decided to have my assistant in waders and have the mirror appear floating in the lake. To increase the photos effectiveness I attempted to use a long exposure to blur the water and create a more finalised image. However due to the weight of the mirror we where not able to keep it still and therefor blurring the reflected image.