In January some of my friends and me started a photography challenge, to shoot one image a day. It’s been a very rewarding experience! There are always days when I am out of creative juice and I run a blank…I skip and shoot the next day or the next. Creativity cannot be forced and I am never hard on myself ( being the lazy procrastinator I am ;)), that does not mean I do not push myself, I am my worst critic.
If you want to view images from previous months, click on the links below.
|March1, 2014 : one of my favorite steam swirls|
In the course of my journey of 365 days of photography, a few of my friends asked me to do some posts on food photography. I frankly had no idea what to write, I am quite a novice in this field. After a lot of push and some introspection, I finally took the plunge in my last post. Thanks for helping me with these posts, thanks for all the queries and inputs.
Before I move on to Shutter, ISO and White Balance. I have been asked consistently time and again how do you capture steam? There is really no magic or special technique, a few things help and most often it is one in 20 to 30 images that has the perfect steam. Steam not only adds a movement to the image it makes it warm and welcoming. It’s so magical. Some of the things that help me while shooting steam.
- Very hot beverage ( reheated several times during the course of the shoot )
- Dark background, try to keep it plain
- Backlight is the best to capture steam, side light does wonders too. A combination of both can be perfect. (You can see in the set up below a back and a side window).
- Keeps the colors a warm tone.
- If you have a window keep it open a whee bit to have a small draft of cold air. I have kept the window very slightly open ( cold outside) to create a mild draft of air and to help condensation.
I keep the set completely ready, camera on with the desired aperture and shutter settings. Bring the hot beverage and shoot. You have to be faster than the steam and anticipate the shapes it might form and hit the shutter right before you feel a whip of beautiful stem will be generated. It takes a bit of practice and it is a bit like modern art, you never know what you will capture and if you are patient you will be generously rewarded.
|March2, 2014 fresh pears on a muted dull surface|
I know I was planning to do a post today on shutter, ISO and WB… I think it will be too much for one post. I think I should talk about it in my next post. Let me know if you have any other queries or inputs will be happy to address it and if it is beyond my scope, I can always ask one of my food photographer friends to do a write up for me.
Am really looking forward to some green post (read spring) and can’t wait to get out there and capture it…
|March 3, 2014 more pears|
|March4, 2014 Somehow an apple does not look as appealing as a pear.|
|March5, 2014 - the bitter cold continues|
|March6, 2014 my experiment with ISO and low light|
|March7, 2014 more steaming chai|
|March8, 2014 not all steam shots are awesome, look at this failed one|
|March9, 2014 Pages, light and shadow|
|March10, 2014 golden hour|
|March11, 2014 crisscross lines of snow|
|March12, 2014 Trying out my new telephoto|
|March13, 2014 I love this board, loved creating this prop|
|March14, 2014 something magical about egg shells|
|March15, 2014 trying my hand at still life|