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I had very strong guiding visuals in my mind about the way a herd of deer stares at you in the early morning from a safe distance in the woods, and prisoners lining the fence surrounding an internment camp, staring outward. I was looking for a somewhat dissociated and otherworldly feeling.
I'd had my eye on this location for a few years, because of the unusual lighting which happens only during a short window of time (about 5 days, twice per year); owing to conditions similar to what's known as "Manhattanhenge" (aka The "Manhattan Solstice"). It happens when the sun rises directly in line with a row of trees & over-growth separating the street from a field beyond. The spot where the girls are placed is perfectly and precisely shaded during this time, while the field and trees beyond are bathed intensely with light.
This allowed me create excellent background separation by blowing out out the background using over-exposure, further muting it with DOF, while simultaneously achieving a softer contrast exposure on the girls standing in the shade. DOF alone would not have been enough to produce adequate background separation, because without the over-exposed background, the girls would still have been lost in the busyness of the background.
Since this photo is intended to be printed very large, the interest in their expression, wardrobe and make-up gets lost at this scale, so I've posted a detail crop here: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3354538
Models: Dori, Gemma, Tristeen
Also by Christopher Griesé
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