The unpredictable weather throughout the day had rolled into an evening of suddenly gathering rain clouds and fairly strong gusts. Despite the unfavourable conditions and the cloud of the possibility of further deterioration looming large over my head, quite figuratively, I set out with my camera to meet Eva for the photo shoot. By, the time I met her at a bus stop in one of Vienna’s suburban districts on the edges of the Vienna Woods, the rain had ceased and the Sun was hazily shining in the sky.
We started trekking up the hill along muddy tracks and tall grass and soon realised that the short spell of showers had caused the heat of the ground to evaporate and make the surroundings extremely humid. We were both sweating and in discomfort. However, we braved the conditions and started to shoot some basic portrait and upper body shots. Since, the hazy sunlight was a bit tricky to deal with on my new 50mm prime lens, we moved to a different location further uphill where I found the perfect light and shade conditions behind a wooden godown with felled tree trunks around it, for numerous creative portrait, upper body and full length shots.
The summer dresses with beautiful elaborate flower and foliage patterns that my model, Eva, wore synced very well with the different shades of green of the woods. This combined with a predominantly overcast sky provided me with the apt natural contrast settings for me to be flexible with my creativity during the whole course of the shoot in multiple locations in the woods and in the adjoining meadows. Like all my other photo shoots, I tried to focus on communicating with the multitude of expressions of my model and paint the rest of the picture around it. After a couple of hours of such communication and painting, the air started getting nippy and the street lights started glowing in full brightness. And with that, as we trekked down, we left behind an evening of fun filled and adventurous portrait shooting in the hills of the Vienna Woods.