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A Watched Pot | by Josh Sommers
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A Watched Pot

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Shot with 2 150ws studio strobes. One at full power, with softbox to subject left. One without softbox to subject right at 75% power. Triggered with Cactus radio triggers.


For this series of shots I tried to use the strobes to light the room and myself, but not the kettle, working on idea of illuminating the objects that surround a reflective object, not the reflective object itself. I also took plenty of time to clean and then polish the kettle... :)


The other day while standing in my kitchen, spaced out, my reflection in the tea kettle caught my eye, and immediately I knew that I would take this picture. But the kettle was pretty dirty and greasy, so first I had to wash it. Well washing it wasn't cutting it, so I busted out some metal polish and hand polished it twice to really get it clean and shiny for the shoot.


The answer to all the questions regarding where is the camera, is that the camera was outside of the kitchen and hidden in the shadows, which made it easy to remove completely in photoshop.


Any lighting tips/tricks/techniques/critiques are welcomed.

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Taken on August 19, 2007