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152/365 - Peppercorns

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Another for my occasional series of square, spicy shots, this time of an assortment of peppercorns: pink, black Telicherry, green, and white.

My obsessive side kicked in tonight. I honestly can't believe I spent nearly 4 hours fiddling with this shot, taking 120 exposures in the process, and running through four or five different sets of props. Still don't know that I'm in love with the composition (there was another contender), but I have to shut down my inner perfectionist and call it a night. This was a challenge both to get the detail I wanted in a composition that still had depth and to get lighting that wasn't just too flat (which plays into the detail thing somewhat, too.)

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200,, @ 50mm, 1/250s @ ƒ/22, ISO800. One SB-700 camera right, full power, 24mm zoom, bounced off the ceiling. Second SB-700 camera left and slightly above, full power, 24mm zoom, shooting through white umbrella, to get some shadow detail. Cropping and some other minor tweaks in Aperture.

  1. djwtwo 23 months ago | reply

    This is the alternate composition. It had better details across the 4 varieties of peppercorns, but I don't think it's quite as interesting, and I think the lighting is a bit off somehow, but can't put my finger on it.

    152/365 Alternate

  2. timsackton 23 months ago | reply

    Obsessive side, indeed. I think the only four hour shot I've done so far is the specular highlight strobist exercise. :-) Your obsession paid of, though, as both of these shots are fantastic. The colors and textures in the main shot just leap off the screen. I agree the lighting seems a bit less perfect somehow in the alternate, but the juxtaposition of the different colors works really well in that shot.

  3. BrassFlute 23 months ago | reply

    I prefer the main shot. My guess is the dof is less of an issue in the second shot which helps with the details. I'm sure you had funfor 4 hours and besides - we all get to enjoy the results:-)

  4. *ChiChi* 23 months ago | reply

    Absolutely love it and I too like the original one too!! I even like the crack in the granite (?) on the corner! Perfect!

  5. Lyne Boucher 23 months ago | reply

    Both shots are great, but I too, prefer the first one! Beautifully done!!

  6. EssleyJane [drifting in and out for a few weeks] 23 months ago | reply

    I also prefer the first one! I think the composition is great, it really leads you in. The other one is a bit...square?!
    And I think you've got the spoons in exactly the right order too, with the brightest at the front and then fading out...

  7. Gaviotita 23 months ago | reply

    The two pictures are great, but I prefer the one you choosen first. I like the lighting, the colors of the peppercorns I think looks great on the spoon, great job.

  8. Marc Mateos - Sr. Lego 23 months ago | reply

    you're doing amazing stuff with those spices, Dennis! They look great, and the textures very realistic

  9. DadAndHisCamera 23 months ago | reply

    Well done! The pink peppercorns really draw you in and the textures are perfect. 4 hours? Been there...

  10. djwtwo 23 months ago | reply

    Thanks, everyone! I had fun for (most of) the four hours, but I don't know I have the energy to do that all that often…

  11. Sammy Santiago 23 months ago | reply

    Great idea to put the different kind of peppercorns altogether. Like the one with the spoons.

  12. djwtwo 23 months ago | reply

    Thanks, Sammy!

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