26 Jan Stubborn and Coffee...

by Russell Smith January. 26, 2021 249 views

I know I have said a few times food does not translate to black and white well. Well I refuse to accept at this moment that black and white is off limits for food photography. I am looking at it like this I have not failed enough to understand when it will work and when it will not. So I am starting off with something I know works and understand just a bit how to make it work.

Coffee. I am going to start here and play around with a few ideas in my mind concerning the mighty bean. I need to sit down and catch up on missed posts. I may do that later depending on the migraine and how it progresses. On a side note it is a 50% chance of snow tomorrow and a 50% chance of rain with a 20% chance of nothing. Here is hoping for the snow part to happen :)

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Lee Santiva 2 months ago

This is a great shot because black &white reduces to allow more attention to texture, form (the beans) and the contrasts (white mug)
For this reason food photography most usually does not look good in monochrome.
I think “finished food” like a soup, a main dish and your bagels (still my favorite) look better in color.
Food components - in their raw form- like coffee beans or curly kale they can look good in b&w

2 months ago Edited
Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm just an amateur, but the background of the fabric really brings out the beans. I think it works well. Also I like how the beans reflect the light and the beans flowing out of the dark shadow of the inside of the cup is really cool.

Good luck with your goal!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. The fabric is a placemat that is similar in color and texture to burlap and the best part it was only $1 on clearance.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like this. The shade of monochrome you have chosen makes the coffee stand out. In this case black/white works.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you :). Fortunately/unfortunately I am the type that I will not accept something will not work without sufficient explanation or trial and error .

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like it, did you try a dark background .I remember you did some coffee before from bean to a cup . I think they would work good in monochrome

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I am still trying to work out how to do a dark background for coffee. I do not have a clear image of what direction I want to go with.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is the perfect edit to show coffee grains. Love it a lot

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you :)

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I love the coffee shots and I do think that B&W is working for them. How do they look in sepia? Just curious.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Craig Casterline 2 months, 2 weeks ago

They look fairly decent in sepia I did play around with another frame and see what sepia and a few other "color" varients of black and white looked like.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Gethin Thomas 2 months, 2 weeks ago

That's a 120% chance of something. Watch out.smile I used to buy a dark roast from a coffee shop years ago called CCG, a three way blend of Colombian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan. Finest thing I ever tasted.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It is just a matter of what that something is even the model forcasts are not agreeing which is kind of spooky seeing as well they usually agree 12 hours out. These beans are Guatemalan, I do like some Costa Rican coffee but my favorite is hard to find now that is a Tanzanian Peaberry.

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