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HatMan2K
04/27/2020
Premier Issue of Krome Magazine - Part II (NSFW)

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We were pleasantly surprised last week when we were asked to be part of the international premier issue of a brand new fine art magazine called krome magazine!

This is an excerpt the second of two sets included in Volume 1 Issue 1 featuring a brand new fine art model, Laura Conrad, who recently left us to move out west, from a set we shot as part of my Chasing Waterfalls series a couple of years ago at Fire Brook Falls near Bridgewater, NS. We had plans to shoot at a second waterfall when I found out she was leaving us for better prospects, however, the weather never did cooperate with us and it just didn’t happen. 🙁

We miss you Laura and wish you all the best in your new home!

Check out this cool new magazine and pick up your copy here.

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HatMan2K
02/05/2020
Chasing Waterfalls - Ellen III (NSFW)

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. 🙂

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HatMan2K
05/28/2017
Fine Art Session with Laura at Fire Brook Falls (NSFW)

I’ve been wandering around Nova Scotia for about 6 years now photographing waterfalls. About 4 years ago, it dawned on me how the natural beauty of nature in all its splendor still paled until the curve of the female form was incorporated into those flowing lines of water and stone and forest to create some of the most magnificently beautiful images.

Recently I’ve been looking for some new art models to travel to these remote Nova Scotia hidden pockets of utter beauty to help me create some of my favorite images and was blessed with an incredible response which means that I expect to add many new images to my collection over the next few months.

Our first adventure happened over the Victoria Day weekend near Bridgewater. I’d heard of a spectacular waterfall about 10 minutes from town on Route 12 and invited my newest model friend Laura to join me for what promised to be a chilly visit along with my daughter, Courtney, to assist her on the trip. After some initial confusion about the actual location of the falls, we pulled safely off the road and made the short hike into the forest to find Fire Brook Falls. We were not disappointed to say the least. It is a spectacular falls that rises approximately 65 feet from the lowest pool and spreads through several cascades to be several hundred meters into the woods creating a nice private studio for us to spend the afternoon. 

Laura may have only recently decided to venture into fine art modeling, but she has done runway and commercial modeling for a few years and although only 19 years old, her dance background helps her create wonderful lines and makes her the perfect subject to become part of the natural beauty of a Nova Scotia waterfall. We are already planning a second trip to another fall later this summer. I can’t wait.

Enjoy the images and note that handmade fine art prints are available in several sizes to serious collectors.

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HatMan2K
09/07/2015
Fine Art Waterfall Shoot with K

If you follow my work at all, you already know that one of my favorite things in the world to photograph is waterfalls. Especially when I get a wonderful model willing to climb over some rocks to become one with the water. I believe nudes in waterfalls are simply some of the most beautiful images. Period.

So while shooting my 2016 Maritime Pro Stock Calendar one of the models told me how much she loved my fine art images and that she would be thrilled to shoot a waterfall with me. Yay! 

Sadly, shooting waterfalls can be a significant challenge because of so many variables between weather, conditions, weather, access and did I mention weather. There are literally hundreds of waterfalls to be found in Nova Scotia and some are very accessible while others require top physical condition and hikes that can be 10+ km in each direction. The weather can also be quite variable and the flowing water will *never* actually be warm. Spring is a horrible time to try to photograph people in waterfalls because there is so much flow, it can be dangerous, and extremely cold. Summer is better, but it still depends on the weather and if we don’t get rain for a few weeks, there may not be much water to give the wispy patterns that make waterfall images so spectacular.

Well, K, my wife and I decided to trek to a waterfall I had been wanting to shoot for a very long time over the Labour Day weekend and although it had been quite dry, the low flows made the waterfall look completely different from any previous time I had visited. It was also 30+ degrees, which made the water downright inviting. So we set to work and spent nearly 4 hours photographing several spots around Burnside Falls near Upper Stewiacke or about a 90 minute drive from Halifax.

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