I’ve been carrying around this idea for about a year of shooting some aerialists in the rainforest near to where I live. So when Steven contacted me about doing another shoot and I saw in his profile that he was an aerialist I thought Brilliant!

So I spoke to him about my idea and he discussed it with his aerial partner Emma and they agreed to give it a go.

And when he sent me the link to a couple of videos of their performances I couldn’t believe my luck. These guys are really, really good – check them out here

So for this shot Emma shimmied up to the top of that tree so fast you wouldn’t believe it to secure the silk. The silk is 18m long so she’s dangling about 8m above the creek there with nothing but her feet wound around the silks – no harnesses for these two – just pure skill and experience.

It was just so beautiful watching her work through her routines suspended up in the canopy of the rainforest and just under that rather fortuitous tree fern. Unfortunately I couldn’t shoot them working together here as the extreme humidity made it too slippery and dangerous for Steve to be gripping Emma while they both did their routines. But I got them performing together in another section of the rainforest with a smaller drop if one of them lost their grip. Those shots coming shortly (yes I know but this one will be a completed series I promise!!).

Technically this was a huge challenge. I needed a fast shutter speed to freeze Em’s movement but the light in the rainforest was extremely low. I didn’t want to use the flash as it would have flattened out the light more than I wanted so I had to boost the ISO to the max.

Models: Steven and Emma
Art Direction: Steven, Emma, Duncan, Robyn and Geoff
Photography/processing: Geoff

Canon 1Ds Mk III
Tv: 1/200 sec
Av: f/3.2
ISO: 1250 yikes


  • Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals
    Geoff Coleman ...about 4 years ago

    Close Up of Emma with Orton processing too:

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 4 years ago

    Wow, this is a series to look forward to!

  • Thanks Mel – new very different one coming next :-)

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Kieron Nolan
    Kieron Nolanabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks heaps Kieron – much obliged.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • SunseekerPix
    SunseekerPixabout 4 years ago

    Remarkable Geoff, look forward to seeing more. The red is the old colour to use against the green

  • Thanks my friend – new one shortly. Yes can’t go wrong with it really :-)

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonabout 4 years ago

    Holy smoke … what an incredible shot. And ISo of 1250 – well, thank goodness you have such an expensive camera! You got away with it. Wonderful concept and terrific shot Geoff.

  • Thanks for the lovley feedback Marguerite. Yes the ISO was quite a challenge but the 1DS handled it pretty well I thought.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinover 3 years ago

    Wow, wow, wow!! Congratulations on achieving this amazing image Geoff! :-))

  • Thanks Adriana but it was easy for me – just stood beneath and pointed up with the camera – Emma did all the work

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

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