Bread rolls and beer

I used beer instead of water in the dough for these rolls but the thing is the beer here from the supermarket is limited to a maximum of 3.5% alcohol so it doesn’t taste that beery, it looks like real beer but the taste is a bit on the watery side if you want to learn more about alcohol in Sweden…this from Wiki:

Sweden has a government alcohol monopoly called Systembolaget for sale of all beverages stronger than 3.5% by volume. Minimum purchase age at Systembolaget is 20 years, but 18 at restaurants and bars with proper permission.
Beer is legally divided into three classes. Class I (maximum 2.25%), called lättöl (“light beer”), is sold without restrictions (although shops often set their own age restrictions). Class II (up to 3.5%), called folköl (“people’s beer”), is sold in regular stores, but with the minimum purchase age of 18. Class III, starköl (“strong beer”, over 3.5%) is sold only in Systembolaget stores.
Here is some Guiness at 3.5% and another supermarket beer, I like the bit where it says “same great taste as the pub” never-the-less the rolls tasted great!

Comparing apples to apples and the difference between dark and light

Sounds heavy eh? bear with me…

Here’s the apples to apples bit, two shots I made yesterday of the same subject from two different angles, different lens’s as well. Who can guess how the lighting set up was, in other words what kind of light did I use and how many and where were they placed?

 
And now the dark and light, I was looking at notable blogs and came across this one which had great photography in fact it won the Saveur best food blog 2013 in the photography category, called vkreesphotography.com it is a food blog by Vanessa Rees who is in Brooklyn USA and what particularly caught my eye was two of the sections in her portfolio called dark food and light food, on closer inspection it turns out it’s the overall colour key of the image so more dark in the picture especially background is dark food, and lighter background equals light food right?
I have included two screenshot examples from her excellent portfolio below to illustrate the point.

Photo credit: VK REES PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo credit: VK REES PHOTOGRAPHY

Check out her blog and photography portfolio here vkreesphotography.com

Spring Onion

We were talking about how to get your blog to be easily accessible and widely discovered and followed by those not necessarily looking for it and it came down to (apparently) not just how you label your posts which you can see at the foot of most peoples blogposts but what you actually title them as.
You’ll no doubt remember my all time most popular post Amazing folding spectacles very brief, few simple shots and one sentence; why that is of interest to so many people is still beyond me, is it because people are looking for “spectacles”? or is it the “amazing”? who knows, anyway based on that, this post is called Spring Onion mainly because it is Spring and that is an Onion!

An experiment with glass

Here we have an experiment with glass and light, two very different looks, it can be a complex material to photograph being clear for the most part and being apt to appear dull without defined edge or shape so as usual it’s all about the light or how you position the light. The first shot is what is known as bright field lighting and the second, known as dark field lighting. The characteristics of both styles involve defining the outline of the glass against the background for example: dark edged glass against a light coloured background and then a bright edged glass against a black background. The light source for both these pictures is from behind the glasses. Interesting as well is the fact that in both pictures the glasses are standing on a piece of white card.

More of this type of theory of photographic lighting can be found in this excellent book called Light, Science and Magic which I highly recommend for anyone who wants to understand the principles of light.

The 2 light portrait

Eager to practice a technique from a birthday present book, the gang were assembled on Sunday and living-room furniture was moved around appropriately, collapsible background was erected, flashes were charged and positioned, coloured gels added for mood and finally doggy treats added for Maggie who was sporting a new hairdo and who can be a little reluctant in such situations, anyway here are some of the results.

  

Food photography

No you couldn’t eat it!
But I am trying to get a ballpark basic setup for shooting food, this with a large softbox behind and a snooted speedlight from camera right with a half cut CTO for slight warmth, I tried another snooted light from camera left and behind the plate but it looked rubbish (for this shaped food anyway)
more to come…

This one I was reasonably happy with, I changed the background to a black card and accented the mainlight with a gridded speedlight from the right, next time with real food!

The jump

Goofing around in the back yard, I have been meaning to try “the jump” shot for a while and tonight the planets were in alignment, my willing assistant who was in the process of preparing dinner at the time (hence the apron) was encouraged (instructed) to jump off the wooden ledge and those who know our garden will be familiar with the water just the other side of that ledge!

For the technical readers I fired two SB800s with pocket wizards from left and right both gelled with full CTO’s and set the white balance on the camera to tungsten to bring out the blue in the sky, I shot with a wide angle and was lying on the floor. Judging from his pose, I think Frank was the least impressed of all of us!
(click on the image to see it real big and even see swifts in the sky!)