As the rambunctious 2016 political campaign winds down to a tumultuous end and the title starved Cubs and Indians are playing for Baseball World Champion it is fitting that this week’s assignment was about beverages.  The assignment was to capture a frosty cold beverage and a splash shot.  Both are inherent with all sorts of challenges.   I quickly discovered  when shooting a cold beverage you must:

  1. Light the cap and light the label.
  2. Light the liquid from behind so it appears bright and refreshing not dark and muddy.
  3. Create soft reflections that highlight the shape of the bottle so that it doesn’t look 2 dimensional.
  4. Spritz the bottle with a combination of glycerine and water (50-50) so that water droplets will not dry up during the shoot.
  5. Shoot against a complimentary background on plexiglass to add interest.

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And the splash, OMG!  I threw strawberries in water, lime wedges in water, Oreos in milk, strawberries in milk – the list goes on and on.   I forgot about the ice cubes where I missed the entire glass.  The kitchen was a mess! Here are a couple of the hits and misses:

Lessons learned here are not to pursue splash photography. OR more positively my splash photography needs work!   Credits to my assistants who kept me going and more importantly kept me laughing and dancing.  🙂

For this assignment I seriously needed a little Los Van Van: La Boberia and La Maquinaria, two of my favorite songs.

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