Ariane reaches a section with few trees and drives her SUV off the road.
“Hey, you can’t just leave the road,” exclaims Rachel.
“This is an all terrain vehicle, it is built for off-road driving. Besides we are just going over that hill,” answers Ariane.
The other side of the hill turns out to have more trees which Ariane has to drive through.
Rachel is panicking, but Ariane loves this kind of stuff.
“Don’t worry, I do this all the time,” says Ariane, “Besides we are almost back on pavement so to speak.”
“What road are we on?” asks Rachel, “This road is not on my GPS app.”
“It wouldn’t be, this is an old highway decommissioned a couple of decades ago.”
Ariane continues, “As you can tell, it’s rough going, lots of pot holes, but it will drop us off at the old Echo Canyon campground.”
“Wow, that is very convenient. That is a mile hike of switchbacks into the canyon we don’t have to do,” says Rachel rather impressed. “Why did they decommission it, seems very useful.”
“Mostly because a section of the road had to be rebuilt every time the river overflowed, which usually happens every spring.”
“Yes, that would get expensive,” says Rachel.
“Wait! That means that there is no road ahead!”
“Only a couple of meters, we should be able to clear it,” says Ariane reassuringly, “unless it got bigger since the last time I did this three years ago.”
“That’s not reassuring.”
The SUV is airborne for only about a full second as it clears the gap, but it seems a lot longer to Rachel as she screams her disapproval.
They land on an embankment, a short distance from the park boundary.
“See, now wasn’t that fun?”, asked Ariane reassuringly. “Look, we’re here.”
“Ariane, you are one crazy bitch.”
“Thanks, it’s one of my defining characteristics.”
A short distance into the park, there is a bridge overlooking a pond. Rachel decides this is the best place to take her photos.
“I’m setting up multiple cameras. Both will take pictures every 5 seconds. This one will change its aperture as the sky gets darker, and this second one will adjust the shutter speed. These are both likely to lose focus in different ways as the sky gets darker, but it will triple the number of photos to choose from,” says Rachel.
“I have no idea what you just said,” says Ariane.
“I am going to take a lot of photos in a short time, and we will figure out the best one to submit,” says Rachel.
“Ah, got it.”
A Park Ranger comes by, “Good afternoon ladies, looks like you are setting up for a photo shoot?”
Rachel answers, “Yes, it is a college class project.”
“Well the rule is you can use a hand held camera all you want, but to set up extra stuff you need a permit,” says the Park Ranger.
“Dang, I don’t have one. We’re only here for a half an hour can you make an exception?” asks Rachel.
“Sorry, I am not allowed. Permit fees are part of our budget. If you go to the park office, they can set you up.”
“I don’t have that kind of time, sunset is approaching,” says Rachel dejectedly. “OK, I’ll take down the tripods.”
“Thank you, get a permit next time.”
“Got to take these down. We’ll just have fewer picks to choose from.”
“Let me get some test shots,” suggests Rachel. “You’ll need to stand in the middle of the bridge near the rail, Feel free to sit on the rail if you want.”
“What should I be doing?” asks Ariane.
“Just pose how ever you want, just change it every few seconds. “Also I may ask for different expressions. Smile? Pout? Distant stare?”
Ariane tries different looks as Rachel calls them out. “Good!” says Rachel.
“The light is getting yellow, where’s the dress you want me to wear?” asks Ariane.
“I left it in the car, you can change there or use one of the campground bathrooms. Go change quickly.
When Ariane returns wearing the dress, the light was getting just right.
“This dress looks like an old prom dress,” observed Ariane.
“Yeah I know, not the most in style of dresses, but it is the only orange dress I had access to. Hope it fits.”
“It’s a little loose in places, but I can make do,” says Ariane. “I’ll try and keep my tits from slipping out.”
“Funny,” says Rachel as she continues to take pictures.
Rachel takes a lot of pictures as Ariane tries different moves at Rachel’s instruction. After sunset they pack up and go home.
A few days later…
“So this is the picture you submitted?” asks Ariane. “That’s actually really good.”
“I agree its a great photograph, but there is too much blue in the sky, it didn’t fulfill the requirements of the assignment. It is complimentary bichromatic, instead of monochromatic.”
“Couldn’t you photoshop out the blue?”
“That would fail the class, and the blue is reflected in the water, it’s all over the picture.”
“I don’t care, I like the blue sky, so what if it ruined the assignment.”
“They liked it enough to give me a good grade, but the first place prize was a hanging in the Art Museum downtown and publication.”
“I’ll publish it for you, I want to use it for my Christmas cards.”
“Alright, I’ll send you the digital copy.”
“Thanks. I’ll send you a card.”
“So what did you think of your first experience in modeling?” asked Rachel.
“Well, I’ve done naked photo shoots before, but just for fun,” answers Ariane.
“I thought this photo shoot would be a similar experience, and instead it felt so ‘clinical’.”
“I think the better word is ‘professional’,” explains Rachel. “I have only been a model for about a year and a half, but my experience is one of being professional, and I believe in doing the same as the photographer.”
“You are right, and I understand,” responded Ariane, “I guess it wasn’t what I was expecting, especially with strangers watching us and stuff.”
“Welcome to my world. Every picture of me in a bikini on an empty beach doesn’t show the dozen crew members and onlookers. There are usually surfers and sunbathers in the shots that have to be photoshopped out, too.”
“You are right, and I understand,” responded Ariane, “I guess it wasn’t what I was expecting.”
“Well, I’m glad I got a taste of your world then, Rachel. Thanks for showing it to me,” Ariane holds up the picture and says, “And I got a souvenir.”
Rachel smiles appreciatively.
“So, since I’m here,” continues Ariane, “You got anything else to show me?
“I’m sure I can find something.”
Ariane smiles curiously.
END OF PART 3
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