Photo of the Day: Odin Brewery

Two fantastic beers by Seattle’s Odin Brewery: Freya’s Gold and Odin’s Gift

Lit with two Q-flashes both camera right and camera left diffused with softboxes and sheets, and one Canon Speedlite with a orange gel on the backdrop.  One LED flashlight placed behind the bottle illuminating the rear.  Mist covered the plexiglass which the bottles sat upon, while condensation formed after freezing the bottles and placing them in a room temperature environment.

Location: Cameron Karsten Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA

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

100mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Stop/Blur)

Stop/Blur is a challenge with hot lights, or continuous lighting.  Typically, when a flash is used for a photograph, two exposures are taken simultaneously: flash captures the subject and freezes it’s movement, where the shutter speed takes in the ambient light of the atmosphere.  But with hot flashes in a studio, you need enough lights to crank up the shutter speed for a moving subject.  For my shots, I kept the ISO at 100 to record maximum clarity and used five lights and a reflector to highlight the liquid.  My subject? The finest whiskey west of the Mississippi: Stranahan Colorado Whiskey.  Below is my pick, and the remaining at the end of the post are other experiments with the shot.

Location: SCCA Studios, Seattle, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

84mm, 1/400 sec at f/9.0, ISO 100, table mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5