Aug 19

Wow, where has the month of August gone? Been shooting pretty constantly all month, and realized it’s been a while since my last blog entry.

On Monday of this week, I was shooting still life for Bay – she owns a company called Honey Pie Hives & Herbals out of Prince Edward County. Our day called for 6 shots – 2 more than typical, so we really had to motor through the shots.

Ruth Gangbar worked as the stylist on the shoot, with Laura Branson once again providing props, but wasn’t present for the actual shoot. I am so lucky to work with incredibly talented people.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot showing Ruth styling the honey for one of the shots – taken with my handy iPhone.

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Behind-the-scenes on a still life shoot

As you can see, I was using all natural light for the shot – my preference. My strobes are great, and I really like using them, but prefer to use natural light when doing shoots like this. I was bouncing a hair of light back into the front of the shot (you can see my Hassey camera right beside Ruth’s face). I used a HUGE white sheet supported by two AutoPoles for the fill. Too close makes it too bright, and it starts to look artificial.

I was once again using the HTS on the camera – it’s a tilt-shift lens that lets me better control perspective on the set – you can see the camera looks pretty high relative to the honey, but I had a fairly aggressive down-shift on the lens, with a bit of tilt to control the depth of field. Lovin’ my new HTS – it’s an incredible tool, and the integration with Phocus (that’s the Hasselblad software that runs my camera) does an amazing job correcting the image (removing vignetting – edge of the lens starts to darken when you shift and tilt a lens).

The grip in the shot is holding the honey stir stick in just the right spot – they tend to rise up to the surface if not held in place. And hand-holding won’t work – exposures for this type of natural light shots are typically up around 3 seconds. So nothing can move.

We worked on the composition for about an hour and a half, and ended up with this shot.

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Little details like the honey dripping and pooling makes the shot.

Till next post…

2 Responses to “Still life shoot – organic”

  1. victor adair says:

    Commenting commonly isnt my thing, but i have spent an hour on the site, so thanks for the great infos .

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