The Forbidden Fruit

The Forbidden Fruit

The Forbidden Fruit was a concept totally derived from the one photographer I admire the most and her name is Brook Shaden. I absolutely love her work and she is the reason why my photos are turning out the way they are.

Lately it has been raining a lot down here in Sydney and as much as I love cloudy weather because it is so easy to take photos when it’s cloudy, the rain keeps playing villain. Somebody has to fix this rain roster for this month as it is my holiday and I wish it didn’t rain as much so I can go out and shoot more.  All that said, we finally got a chance last Thursday to go out and finally do a concept shoot and I am really really happy with the result. The photo in this post is actually the photo shoot that I was wanting to do and I was talking about it in my last post (” And She Danced Beside the Sea ” ) where I was talking about the Little Red Riding Hood Concept. Did I end up doing the Red Riding Hood shoot? Well, yes I did shoot my concept but the end result was not really what I was looking for. I guess it means I still get another chance to do the shoot but what was good about this shoot is that we got heaps of other good conceptual photos that we worked out on location.

So, couple of weeks ago we bought the material to make the red cape. Sarmila our model who also happens to love to design and make her own dresses was more than happy to make the cape for us. Besides, we were going to use it for her shoot anyways. I also bought a black Lantern which cost me about $20. It’s a turpentine lantern, very old school and yes, I have already been yelled at by my wife for buying this cause she reckons that we could have used a candle lantern which we could have bough it from Ikea for half the price 🙂 .. We also bought a woven fruit basket and about 8 – 10 apples ( green and red mixed ).

Last thursday we headed down to Wallstonecraft ( Sydney ). This is one of my favorite location because it’s got this green wet forest feel all over the place. The lighting there is just amazing. I went there all prepared with flash and everything and didn’t end up using any equipment besides a reflector for like one shoot.

This time there was just Reece helping me out with the shoot. I am pretty sure he would have bagged a few good shots himself. I did miss my wife during this shoot because she is always there keeping and out for details.

Lastly, thanks to our model Sarmila and my friend and fellow photographer Reece Peninton for the day. It was an awesome shoot. Totally loved it and we are already planning our next shoot which I think will be in a desert, if we can find one nearby.. 🙂 .. Please do visit again.

Shooting Info:

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

ISO: 500
Focal Length: 48mm
Subject Distance: 3.4 m
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter: 1/160 sec

Photoshoot at Garie Beach with Sarmila

Photoshoot at Garie Beach with Sarmila

Sarmila and I were discussing about an artistic conceptual shoot for a while and I had just the place in mind. Almost a year ago, me and my friends had accidentally found a forest location where I wanted to do a my version of ” Little Red Riding Hood “.  So, on 17th December we set out looking for this location.

For the shoot, I had pretty much got most the stuff that I needed. I had a fruit basket, almost a dozen green and red apples, a lantern, fuel for the lantern, and we even stopped on the way at Spot Light to buy a red material to make a makeshift red hood. We drove for almost 2hrs but alas we couldn’t find that same location. It was really disappointing. We have to give up looking for this location and headed for second location where I had planned to do a fashion shoot after the first shoot.

The photos that I have posted here is from the second location at Garie Beach in NSW. The location is itself on the far left on the rocks after crossing the beach. This location is also a very popular spot for fishing but luckily that day there were no fishermen.

Along with me were my wife Sabnam and my friends Reece and Sam who tagged along to assist as well as bag a few shots for themselves. Sabnam does not shoot, she helps us out with creative direction.

” And She Danced Beside the Sea “

– We started shooting about 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
– Camera Used: Nikon D700 with Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens
– ISO: 800
– Focal Length: 70mm
– f/6.3
– Shutter: 1/400 sec
– Flash was fired at 1/2 power to balance the sunlight coming from the opposite direction.