For this picture I wanted to have a go at recreating the classic drink on ice advertising shot. A quick trip to the local supermarket secured a $2 bag of ice and we already had the beer in the fridge so the props were pretty easy to secure.
For the picture, I emptied the ice into a translucent plastic storage tub and placed the beer on top. I then raised this up on a couple of boxes and tins to give me enough room to get an SB-28 underneath. I placed a light blue filter on this to give the ice a hint of colour.
I initially tried lighting the top of the bottle with a translucent shoot through umbrella, which worked okay, but I decided to try using one of my home made light strip softboxes to see if I could get a nice highlight along one side of the bottle. Unfortunately, this did not really work as the light strip is too narrow and the storage box forced me to place it almost directly overhead. The result was a narrow highlight down the middle of the bottle. I have a design for a bigger softbox on the drawing board, but for now I just raised the light strip and pretty much eliminated the highlight altogether.
Once I had the lighting sorted out I gave the beer bottle a quick spray with water from a plant sprayer and then gave it a blast with a can of freeze spray to get a coating of frost on the neck of the bottle. This looked great as soon as I had done it, but it melted so fast that by the time I had picked the camera up the effect had all but gone.
With the picture taken, I boosted the blue slightly in Lightroom and added a dark vignette to draw more attention to the bottle.
Looking at the final picture, the top of the bottle and especially the cap ended up a little dark and the frost effect was not all that it could have been. This picture joins the growing list of images to revisit, but it made an interesting learning exercise and gave me some good ideas for improving it.
Picture here: Make Mine a Frosty One
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