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137:365 - Tea time 2 | by alexv1n
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137:365 - Tea time 2

This is another study in lighting a glass object. This shot is somewhat similar to my earlier 115:365 - Juliet's Kiss but a bit more elaborate this time.


I wanted a warm feel to the image. Finally a set of Rosco gels arrived today, so I have now more than just 2.


A tea pot full of freshly brewed tea was placed on a glass book shelf suspended above a black foam board.


A gray seamless paper is placed behind for the backdrop and it is illuminated with an SB-26 flash at 1/4 power through a grid spot. I also created a long snoot for it from Rosco cinefoil (black aluminum foil). Then I placed three thin strips of gels on the grid - yellow in the middle, red on one side and orange on the other.


Now that the background is taken care of, I placed three white foam board sheets, one above and two to the sides behind the tea pot. I put three flashes into each of them at low power (about 1/16 and 1/32 power) and used more cinefoil to control the light spill onto the background.


The result is this image. It took just about 2 hours for set up and experimentation. I think the result is worth the effort.


This image is almost 100% out of the camera. The only thing I've done to it, was to open in Photoshop and removed a few dust spots and finger prints from the glass. The original colors are virtually untouched (except for the required RAW conversion).


Lighting setup image:


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Taken on May 18, 2011