Home Alone and Playing With Leftovers

by Russell Smith March. 03, 2019 255 views

Home Alone thanks to UPS and them screwing up a delivery . A package was suppose to go less than a 100 miles . It ended up traveling 1/2 way across the continent and back only arriving 3 days late. Well what does one do when they are home alone? Study a bit of off camera lighting and Play with the flash to learn. I took about 60 different photos of an old glass bottle so I could study shadows and highlights also how the exposure changes when i move the light a given distance. In other words. I nerded out lol .
I gave myself a challenge . Food Ingredients and the light had to be 100% artifical but not really look like it . Seeing as it is the end of the week (prior to shopping so end of week). I had some leftovers. So I choose the Mashed Potatoes from the other day and I have not had Potato Cakes in an eon or two so that is what I choose. Mashed Potatoes , Egg, Flour (just enough to tighten it back up from adding the egg), and Cheese because there was a bit of leftover cheese. Butter to cook them in or Olive Oil as that is a bit healthier.

Overall it was a fun exercise . I do see some issues to think about for the next time like I am not thrilled with the way the cheese and flour are touching and the cheese and butter are too close.
I should have taken a pullback shot of the light setup but hunger got the best of me and I cooked the dish before I had taken the set up shot (pullback) . I had a flash in a softbox camera left with a white card camera right (just out of the frame) and a Black card blocking off a few inches of the bottom of the soft box. This eliminated a reflection on the background. I also used a bit of Tin Foil right behind the measuring cups handle to reflect just a tad bit of light back into that shadow area because it went too dark. I also would consider maybe pushing the exposure up just a tad because it was about 1/2 stop underexposed when I brought it into lightroom. This could be done with either shutter speed or by the flash it has 1/3 stop increments.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Glad to see I am not the only one who shoots 50 thousand shots before finding the one that really makes it. But I bet you purge 499 thousand of them and only keep one. I have an issue with purging 😉

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

If the shot is out of focus then it gets purged. Most of the time I will keep way to many of them because it gives me a reference point. I think one thing that would help me cut down on extra shots especially with food is to tether the camera to a laptop but right now an extra laptop is out of the question.

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Laurie Madsen 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing!
"nerding out" pays off big time in the long run!
I love the lighting on that egg!
Also a really natural looking reflection in that bowl!
I do the same thing, take shots, THEN notice something I misplaced, but at least we are evaluating images for improvement!
Thanks for sharing Russ!

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Russell Smith Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you.

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Susan Wilde 1 year, 5 months ago

Nice use of flash. I also make these, but add a few bacon bits and green onions to the mix.

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Russell Smith Replied to Susan Wilde 1 year, 5 months ago

If I had them when I made this I would have hehe.

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