|I should know by now that time and tide wait for no man - photo Bjorn Thomassen|
|© Haynes Publishing Ltd - photo Bjorn Thomassen - Valley Sea Kayaks|
|Model Chanelle, completely unfazed by being used as a porter|
|Models Russell and Jade also did the lifting and carrying|
Some other comments:
'...a bit too fake for my taste, perfect hairdos, spiffy clean clothes, shiny kayaks, even the rocks are clean...'
'I would not have my composite boats on rocks like that...'
"...none of my friends and I go on a trip with coordinated tops and shorts."
That last one did amuse me a bit, because most of my friends do ;)
Interestingly, The Expeditioners Magazine sent a positive message about how much they liked the photo when we shared it on Facebook. Perhaps because they too are real kayakers, but as committed as I am trying to make travel look attractive and not like some sort of trial...
|Russell takes the plunge...|
What these pics really show is the massive difference between photos of how the location really looked (mine) and the ones Bjorn lit carefully with the Elinchrom gear and shot on the top cameras and lenses from Canon. It's like pumping a little magic into the shot. And that's what I wanted... I do understand the criticisms of those who'd prefer to see grittier pics, perhaps of unhealthy looking people being cold and miserable, but I don't think that's going to sell as many books! That's it until the next instalment. Have fun, and don't forget to breathe.
|Models look on as Bjorn positions lights and kayaks. Look at the difference in light and texture in the next photo!|
|Another of Bjorn's shots from the same set that was used in the back inside cover spread of the book. I love all the different compositional elements of this photo, it's more of an art shot than a lifestyle one.|