Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Got to Drink for This One!!!

I loved Jay'me's latest post. I've discovered that I'm drawn to the abstract and Jay'me really played that up. What a fun shot to follow!

Originally I kicked around ways of capturing light refracted through a prism, or maybe a different piece of glass. But ultimately, I decided I needed some wine tonight and I might as well play with shooting a wine glass. Plus I have about 1.24 million beads (think Mardi Gras) that my dad has given my 2 boys and I've been dying to try something with them. I know I know, my dad must be one heck of a blast to party with but the truth is he's never been to Mardi Gras....or maybe he has! Dad, if you're reading this, I don't want to know!

Moving on, I used a single hot light to the right of the shot and hand held my camera using a small aperture to really notch up the butt kicking bokeh of my 50mm (sorry B, you'll have your own someday - unless you pick up a Canon and borrow my gear anytime you want!).

Next, I poured a glass of wine and sat down and drank it (you ever have one of those weeks?). Then I poured a refill and started playing around a bit. I shot about 30 photos, down from my norm. That's because one of my New Years resolutions is to shoot less and shoot smarter. Historically, I'm a big fan of "shoot early, shoot often." But I'm trying to apply what I've learned before the fact and get the shot I really want with less waste. So far, I've kept this resolution. Here's the final product:

Canon 30D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Shutter 1/200
Aperture f/1.6
ISO 200
1 Hot Light, white balance 3200K

My tie in is the points of light that are just out of focus, something that's unavoidable when shooting so close with a small aperture. Yet the soft focus really is part of the draw. It's easy to get lost looking at a photo with such buttery bokeh, especially when you're 2 glasses in!

I should also add that the light I used has a color temperature of 3200k, something that is just awesome to know and use, making white balance a cinch! But for this shot I actually upped the color temperature to 3400k just to warm it up a bit (why do the Brits spell it colour? You know, they're probably right, since they are English and it's the English language - sounds like a Deep Thought by Jack Handy). A tick up in color saturation and contrast and some sharpening and I was finished.

It was nice having a photo done quickly because I took the time to think a bunch before I shot. I'll have to keep this up. The wine didn't hurt either - gotta love Bordeaux!

I'll leave you with this from the "real" Jack Handy:

"As the evening sky faded from a salmon color to a sort of flint gray, I thought back to the salmon I caught that morning, and how gray he was, and how I named him Flint."

Tag B, you're it!

from, hiccup...Scott.


  1. Thanks Amanda. The good news? I still have some wine left!

  2. Beautiful colors! I love that you were able to get this with a 50mm. I've always used mine for portrait shots and not for abstract shots. Maybe I will have to try that someday.

  3. Can't get enough of this one. Your traffice stats must have gone up just from me!

  4. Thanks Sere and Dan. Have fun experimenting Sere. And as always Dan, I'm thrilled you check us out!

  5. Love love love this photo! It's so dreamy & the bokeh is to die for!
    I heart you blog :)
    ~Angel @

  6. Thanks so much Angel! I'm glad you found us and I can't wait to see what your blog has to offer.