An Alluring Aroma, Still Life

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Christmas in my family means many things, including serving week-old Wassail. There’s an old saying in our band of misfits: The longer it sits, the better it gits!

My goal was to enhance the feeling of warmth with warm tones and the textures of hand-carved wood. That being said, there were a few challenges to setting up this shot, including managing the shadows in a way that is not distracting the viewer and backlighting the fruit enough to show the succulence. I used a softbox for the foreground, from the sidelight. To bring in some interesting reflections, I used vegetable oil, dripped from the spoon in the foreground.

These images were shot at 1/60 sec, at f4. 400/500 ISO.


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