052/365 - Cinnamon

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    Got home at 9:30pm after a full day at the office followed by an evening meeting, having taken exactly zero pictures. Had an idea that, when I attempted to shoot it, didn't work out at all, and at 10:30pm was still struggling to figure out what to shoot.

    I've been meaning to start a series on spices, since I have so many of them around the house. I was hoping to get some gear, even if it's only extension tubes, to help with macro shots, but I haven't had time or spare geek budget funds to do that with yet, so I had to work with what I have.

    Started with cinnamon, and arranged it a few dozen ways. I wasn't really thrilled with any of the shots, although a few were OK, including this one. I really wanted a composition that included both whole and ground spice, but I just couldn't find a way to make that work, at least not tonight.

    I shot this with a batch of cinnamon sticks (OK, OK, so this is really Indonesian cassia, for what it's worth, but it's what most Americans think of as cinnamon), arranged on a red textured charger plate. Light is from camera right, a halogen work light behind a diffusion panel, with a white bounce card camera left.

    There are almost certainly more pictures of spices in my future.

    Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-200 @ 120mm, 0.5s @ ƒ/5.6, ISO100. Cropping and some minor color adjustment in Aperture.

    A.D. Loucks, ClayToney, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. tianxiaozhang 37 months ago | reply

      Love the warm light...

    2. R. Fazio 37 months ago | reply

      Warm light works well with the cinnamon. Got to love the curls too! Nice one.

    3. A.D. Loucks 37 months ago | reply

      Great shot! good crop

    4. ClayToney 37 months ago | reply

      On top of the fact that this is a beautiful photo, I just love cinnamon. I put it on toast, in my oatmeal, heck-I even put it in my Ramen noodles.
      Great job!

    5. BrassFlute 37 months ago | reply

      Your spice theme is a great idea - wonderful textures and colours to work with. The red works very well in this shot and although not the real deal the curls look fab from this angle

    6. DadAndHisCamera 37 months ago | reply

      This is great! The cinnamon and plate are both well lit - you can see the textures perfectly.

    7. arfromqatar 37 months ago | reply

      great capture

    8. alamond 37 months ago | reply

      I can smell it!!

    9. timsackton 37 months ago | reply

      This came out really well! The lighting really helps bring out the details of the cinnamon. The spice theme is a good idea, and one I've been thinking about too (although I think I need some better lighting gear first).

    10. jlrock 37 months ago | reply

      Your food shots for your 365 always make me so hungry! Lovely work colors and DOF here

    11. Dorian Susan 37 months ago | reply

      Staying up late was worth it!! I know that feeling of no images in the camera and trying to meet the 365. I usually took a few shots in the morning just to make sure I had something on there to work with. Breezing in from WWed and glad I did.

    12. Lyne Boucher 37 months ago | reply

      Cool concept!!! Very nice light!

    13. djwtwo 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks, all! This one's grown on me, now that I've gotten over not being able to incorporate ground cinnamon in the scene.
      This is about as cheap as lighting gets. The light here is a $10 Home Depot halogen, shining through a PVC frame covered with a piece of white shower curtain, bounced on a piece of white poster board on the left. Works just fine for subjects that lie still, and most of my food shots certainly qualify. As long as I'm on a tripod and take the time to get the right white balance, it's great.

    14. Gaviotita 37 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is beatiful.

    15. timsackton 37 months ago | reply

      One of these days I'll have to make a run to the hardware store to get the materials to put something like this together. Thanks for the details.

    16. EssleyJane [drifting in and out for a few weeks] 37 months ago | reply

      Love the curls in this, and the rich shade of red at the bottom.

    17. berlindave 7 months ago | reply

      Great photo! I used it on one of my blog posts: www.ja-gut-aber.de/was-ist-nun-mit-den-zimtsternen/

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