Chasing Waterfalls – Ellen III (NSFW)

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During a recent trip back home, Ellen, my daughter Courtney and I headed out early on a Wednesday morning before work for a quick shoot at a waterfall near Fall River.

My friend, and master photographer Steve Richard has been challenging me to approach a session with the intent of getting *one* amazing image and since Ellen and I have shot together something like half a dozen times and she is an incredible fine art nude model, there was no reason to think that we couldn’t accomplish that this trip out. 

I truly had every intention of aiming for just one awesome shot, until the very first frame we captured was this image…

 

Ellen III - Fall River 1
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We had literally been on site for less than 5 minutes and I only took a couple of test frames to ensure the composition was right before inviting Ellen to take her position on the rocks and this was really the very first frame.

We decided we should continue. After all, we had *time* since it wasn’t even 8am at this point. LOL!

So, we changed things up a little and came up with this image…

 

Ellen III - Fall River 2
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Still less than 10 minutes into the session and we wanted to try a different perspective of the cascades, so we moved a little further downstream where there a small pool and found this gem…

 

Ellen III - Fall River 3
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And we were on a roll. Not one, but three awesome images and we’d only been at the location at this point for maybe 20 minutes. I did eventually have to join the mundane day job ranks, but we wanted to try just one more idea I had. So, we repositioned and I climbed one of the steep sides of the ravine and Ellen got herself comfortable – I know, as comfortable as anyone could be lying nude on a cold wet and slippery rock. LOL! – and we shot this, my favorite image of the day…

 

Ellen III - Fall River 4
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After that, we decided there was no point in pressing our luck any further and with only about 40 minutes on-site, we packed our gear and headed back to the city.

I have a 16×20″ framed copy of this one hanging on my wall at home and it’s still one of my top 3 favorite waterfall images from the 5 years I’ve been shooting this series. The only unfortunate thing is that Ellen doesn’t live here and although it’s where she calls home, she doesn’t visit very often, meaning we probably won’t get to try to top this set of images for some time to come. But not to worry, we will eventually. 🙂

Chasing Waterfalls – Ellen III (NSFW)
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