"Tol Eressëa" (Elvish) translates to "Lonely Island". Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, this shot is a composite made with three different photos. My wife and I shot the subject, location, and ship separately. The main background was shot in Montaña De Oro State Park, at sunset to achieve the foggy look with a 30 second exposure. The camera was actually damaged that day by violent unpredictable waves, so this is the last shot used from it. The model, our friend Brittnii, was shot near Kaweah Lake in CA for a separate concept, but ended up fitting this project better because of the lonely pose. The ship was shot on the California coastline, but to leave a shred of mystery, I won't say exactly where. Keeping Tolkien in mind, we styled the photo as a cinematic shot with dynamic lighting. I don't recall the exact ISO or aperture used, but the gear included a Canon 70D with a 50mm f1.4 and a 10-22mm f3.5 all at around ISO 400. All lighting is natural. Thanks for looking!
November 27, 2014