In the advertising business, pictures of products, be it cereal, perfume, or a package of grass seed, are called hero shots. Once the set is ready with lights and all, someone, usually an assistant director, yells, "Bring in the hero!!".
So today my hero shot features three stalks of swiss chard. I've been wanting to make an image of swiss chard for a while now. Everytime I'd walked by the chard section of the grocery store, I'd eye the chard and think to myself, "One of these days". So here we are.
I love the colors, bright red, burgandy and rich dark greens. The architecture is also very beautiful. Thus my fascination with trees also.
I didn't have a plan right off the bat but once in my little studio I thought - forget the flashes, let's go with tungsten, that way if I set the white balance to tungsten, the back light which is window/daylight the background will go full blue.
Info for techies: Nikon D80 (why? cuz it happened to be sitting on the table with a 35mm on it),
ISO 320, f6.7 @ 1/10th of a second on a tripod, shutter tripped with timer. WB tungsten.
I arrived at the f stop/shutter by metering with a Sekonic L-508C.
Lights are three tungstens (all ARRIs), two 150ws on the sides and 1 300w with a small Chimera bag.
All lights were scrimmed with doubles. On the Chimera I had a 1/2 frost 40 degree grid mounted in front.
TMIS (too much information section) - sometimes I play music while I'm working. During this section which took about two hours I listened to John McLaughlin's Where Fortune Smiles, Shadowfax, and Pharoah Sanders' Tauhid. On vinyl!! Plus I was munching a chicken salad sandwich on a roll with lime flavored mineral water. On tonight's menu, a side of sauteed swiss chard with garlic and onions. See...TMI.
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