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240/365 - Allspice

Realized it's been a while since I've added to my collection of spice shots, so I broke out the allspice for a photo session tonight. After a half hour of fiddling, I got a composition that I liked, then decided the lead allspice berry was a little ugly-looking. So, I spent another five minutes picking out a better one from the jar to re-shoot it. Only took about 20 exposures all told, but still let my obsessive side run the show.

 

Allspice is one of my favorite spices: it pairs well with both heat and sweet (allspice, chiles, vinegar, and molasses blended together makes a pretty good basting sauce for poultry and pork), it's nice in a lot of baked goods and mulled wine, and I keep a bottle of bottle of St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram around for cocktails (particularly this one).

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 200mm + 68mm macro tubes, 1/250s @ ƒ/16, ISO100. One SB-700, full power, 85mm zoom, camera right firing through white umbrella; second SB-700 camera left, full power, 10mm zoom (built-in diffuser), bounced off an aluminum sheet pan. Cropped and boosted vibrance and detail a bit in Aperture.

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Taken on August 27, 2012