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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:04 AM

Photographing Beer Mugs.  I can't think of a nice way, to spend a cloudy April afternoon in Port Moody.

 

I used the Sigma 105/2.8 DG lens

ISO 64

1/250 sec.

f11

2 Yongnuo speed-lights - power levels varied from 1/64 to 1/16

I used a Westcott 28" soft-box on one side.  For the other side, I originally tried a large white foam card.  When I wasn't happy with that, I added the second speed-light and placed it behind a home-made scrim.    I was much happier with that.  :)  I also used a large foam card that was placed on top of each light source.   I tried to get some fill light on the front, with a hand-held foam card.  I wasn't as happy with that as I had been the week before.

 

All of these were taken with the soft-box and the home-made scrim.

 

Mugs-20180401-XL.jpg

 

Mugs-20180401-2-XL.jpg

 

Mugs-20180401-3-XL.jpg

 

As you can see, I gradually increased the power.  My only complaint is that my 7 year-old Windows laptop is next to useless, when it comes to evaluating exposure.  I think that my iMac 27" retina screen has spoiled me rotten.

 

I was quite pleased with the final results.  However, I will never stop trying to build a better "mouse trap"  ;)

 

Thanks for looking everyone.  :)


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:03 AM

2nd one is perfect for me.

 

Well done.

 

They look good to me, Mark.  The setup worked well.  I love playing with light.  Have enrolled in a Flash course at the College for May!


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

Thanks, Art.

 

I look forward to seeing some results from your course.  :)


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:25 PM

Nice work Mark, nice work.

Thanks, Dennis.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 11:02 PM

Thanks, Dennis.


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Posted 07 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Nice Mark I too love the 2nd one!!! The shadow and detail is perfect.

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 12:32 PM

Nice Mark I too love the 2nd one!!! The shadow and detail is perfect.

Jim

 

Thank you, Jim.  :)


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 05:15 PM

I just couldn't stop monkeying around.  Same camera settings, but I tried used 3 speed-lights and changed the position of the mugs, to show more of the smaller one.

 

Mugs-20180407-XL.jpg

 

Mugs-20180407-2-XL.jpg

 

I appreciate the positive comments for my first set, but I wanted to see if I could show more of the smaller mug; and bring up more of the detail.  Frankly, I really like both sets.

 

One weird finding, the images don't appear to be level.  However, I used my virtual horizon to level the camera.  If you look, the mug at camera-left appears to be listing to starboard.  However, the mug at camera-right appears to be level.  I used a perfectly level work table, so I'm really scratching my head.  :huh:

 

I still like 'em all.  Thanks for looking everyone.  :)


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:37 PM

It could be an optical illusion due to the uneven stripping and the uneven design of the mugs.

 

But the detail is excellent.

 

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:58 PM

Yeah, I agree with Jim.

Nice work.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:07 AM

Thanks, Dennis and Jim.  :)


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 11:11 AM

Well done, Mark.

 

I like the lighting on the last one the best.  Yes, I do see the listing.  Not sure what that is.  The 105 shouldn't have this type of distortion. weird.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

Well done, Mark.

 

I like the lighting on the last one the best.  Yes, I do see the listing.  Not sure what that is.  The 105 shouldn't have this type of distortion. weird.

 

Thanks, Art.  I'm inclined to agree with Jim's theory.  I'll keep an eye on it.


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