052/365 - Cinnamon

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.

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Taken on February 21, 2012
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