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Modern Day Shalott

“Wait, it’s Wednesday! There can’t be a new blog! It’s a day early!”

Is I’m sure what all of you are saying right now. Oh, you lucky ducks, the blog comes a day early because I am headed to Lake Tahoe tomorrow for the weekend. So, look out for that blog post in the coming weeks. Also, happy Canada Day!

This week, I’m pulling from a shoot that I did for a client a few weeks ago. She had a vision of what she wanted that made me think of The Lady of Shallot as she approaches the river. We wanted something that would incorporate themes of personal isolation and loss, but also have it feel somewhat freeing.

So, we decided to do a modern take on the end of her story, keeping the sense of nature and the past, but mixing her costume so that it was both modern and antiquated and choosing a setting that mixed the natural with the modern and man-made. Luckily, in LA we have the perfect location, the LA River. The river is set in a concrete basin, but there are parts of it that do have greenery as well, it’s just greenery mixed with power lines and concrete walls.

So, we headed out to the river in our rubber boots and jumped in.

In terms of equipment I was using a Nikon D810 with a 24-70mm 2.8 and a SB-700 speedlight with a small softbox mounted on a light stand to my left. Here are a few of the images that we created that day:

On either side the river lie

Long fields of barley and of rye,

That clothe the wold and meet the sky;

And thro' the field the road runs by

To many-tower'd Camelot;

The yellow-leaved waterlily

The green-sheathed daffodilly

Tremble in the water chilly

Round about Shalott.


©Barcsay Photography
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