Lumberjack

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.0, 1/500s

«All the energy of the artist should be drawn to two forces: man and nature». A. Chekhov.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s

Majestic forests of Northern Russia was the inspiration for the photo session «Lumberjack». I wanted to combine the power of untamed nature with the fortitude of a real man.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 400, f2.2, 1/500s

 

It didn’t take too much time to think about the image of the portrayed. I borrowed it from the noble-savage, bearded North American lumberjacks of the time of the English-American war. Autumn cap covering half-bold head from the meningitis, and all the time trying to eat the visitors of the forest insects; woolen shirt (30 years old) with red-black checkered pattern; worn leather belt holding the pants wood color; army ankle boots, which became a real salvation in a swampy area; and all this was underpinned by a 4-month training model – by growing the beard.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s

 

The tool for the lumberjack was a sharp ax of 1959, with looks reminiscent of wallach — traditional axe of Carpathian highlanders.

 

Lumberjack axe in the forest
Model: Axe Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 1250, f2.5, 1/500s

The shooting took place from 9 A.M. to 13 P.M. The weather was calm, 21 degrees Celsius, but the forest was wet. The day before was a torrential rain, and the trails of the mushroomers turned into small swamps. We had to blaze a trail independently, making the way through centuries-old forest. The air was particularly clean, due to the tight neighborhood of the coniferous giants, and cleaning the mind from the daily routine, gave energy, which I forwarded to work.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 400, f2.8, 1/500s

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 640, f2.2, 1/800s

Anton and I were incredibly lucky: we immediately found a suitable place for shooting, as though the nature had created a scene for a photo session. On a small lawn inside the thicket of the forest lay a huge old tree which became the main assistant in creation already presented here shots.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 320, f2.2, 1/500s

 

To get good bokeh, I opened the aperture. The shooting was carried out with hands, so the exposure time had to be short. I had to increase the ISO value, because pines were high, causing the sunlight to penetrate weakly on the improvised by nature of photoscene.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.5, 1/500s

The most complicated episode of the shooting process – when the model was standing on the fallen tree. The pine tree was wet and slippery. Boots found no grip, and the model had to balance at a height of about 3 meters.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s
Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s

During the creative process everything constantly was trying to interfere us. Hungry mosquitoes, for the first time saw the men and decided to summon all their tribesmen to the feast. Periodically I had to hear for the small squeak of «vampires» in my ears, not to mess up the shot with awkward movement.

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 800, f2.2, 1/640s

 

Lumberjack Anton Pishun in the forest
Model: Anton Pishun Сharacter: Lumberjack Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 500, f2.2, 1/500s

 

«Man can not help taking by nature, he is related inextricably with it by thousand threads, he’s it’s son». I. Turgenev

 

Lumberjack axe in the forest
Model: Axe Сamera: Canon EOS 70D Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM EXIF: ISO 1250, f2.5, 1/500s

P.S.: During the filming all the trees and bushes remained intact. The strokes of the axe were on the dried, or earlier (before our arrival) fallen lifeless trunks.

 

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1 Comment

  • Simon

    29.10.2016 at 13:02 Ответить

    Tolle Bilder, wirklich sehr gute Arbeit! Der Axt is bissl klein aber ansonsten sind die Bilder schön!!!
    MfG Simon.

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