Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Fill Light)

Tobacco-smoked meat; it’s what’s for dinner.  This is my “still-life food” shot for an anti-smoking advertisement.  Originally I sought to make the meat look like a heart hooked and strung-up over a smoking ashtray, but the meat just looks like meat.  Next time, I’ll get a realistic-looking heart and blacken it a little more to show the ill-fated effects of smoking cigarettes.

Window light was the light source to camera left and an off-camera Canon 580EX II Speedlite bouncing off a silver reflector was the fill at camera right.

Location: CK Studio, Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/10 sec at ƒ/6.3, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Dark Glass)

While on break, I had three weeks to come up with a composition for dark glass.  When I was young, my grandfather gave me this old Kahlua bottle, and for years I burnt a candle in the crown.  So, with the ambience of candlelight, I created an evening scenario with the added smooth tasting digestif White Russian.

I shot the bottle, and from there worked around the composition.  And since it was an old bottle, the label was long removed.  Therefore, I took today’s bottle, captured the label, and masked it within PS5, shot the tumbler with the White Russian, added reflections and a tabletop, brushed in the smoke and took my archived image of a wood stove fireplace to fill the background.  The text was selected from the label and fit within the frame.  Complicated but well-worth the time, as well as multiple White Russians consumed throughout the process.

Location: CK Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5