This photoshoot was made last year in November. All started when we went hiking to the Hudson Highland State Park on one late fall weekend. It was so beautiful that I decided to come back and do the photoshoot there. Around that time I met my model Inna. She lives in Connecticut and drives a car which is an awesome thing for car-less New Yorker. I offered her to travel there while there were still yellow leaves and do something interesting.
I doubted about the idea till the last minute. I had couple of them in my mind but wasn't sure. The day before we planned our trip I went to the local arts & craft store to search for the props and maybe something that would help me to come up with idea. That's where I saw a big plastic ball and sale on knitting yarn. I was going to do autumn knitting.
I invited my friend Yana to help me with the photoshoot and just have fun. I drew the sketch to show her my idea. She got a big yellow plastic tablecloth which we turned into a knitting later.
We started in the morning. Met on Manhattan, grabbed some coffee and went to our road trip. We even got lost a little on our way to Cold Springs, the town where the Hudson park is located. Around 2 o'clock we arrived to the place. We still had some time to prepare and shoot before it would get dark. But first we had to climb the mountain a little to find a nice spot. We also needed to pick up some yellow leaves, staple them onto the tablecloth and bring the lightning equipment.
Of course I couldn't travel without my Move 1200 kit! My poor husband had to hike with a Move travel backpack on his back. Yep, there are some disadvantages to be a tiny girl :) I tried to shoot without the light gear at first while it was still a little sunny. But the sun was too bright up on the mountain, creating strong highlights and harsh shadows. So I've waited for a little while and then we had literally 20 minutes of perfect light with no direct sunlight but still light enough to use a flash head only as a side light. I used Move 1200 battery pack with one MobiLED flash head and white umbrella.
It was pretty cold so I've made a few shots and after I've made a perfect one we picked up our stuff and went back home.