We have a guinea pigs and two bunnies at home, and I wanted to start playing with lighting and composition of food to make it almost abstract. This first one was
ripped off inspired from Edward Weston’s Cabbage Leaf photo.
It’s a very simple setup. I through a black coat on a chair and position a Vivitar 283 with a LumiQuest 3 softbox attached at about 10 o’clock. This created a very heavy shadow on the lower-right side of the leaf so I simply placed a white reflector just outside the frame to camera-right to bounce a little bit of light back into the frame.
I did try to do some infrared photos of it with my R72 filter, but I just couldn’t get the shot without cranking up the ISO to ridiculous levels and/or super long exposures which resulted in a lot of digital noise that ruined it for me.
So what’s next for this project? Well, ’tis the season for farmer’s markets and the bounty of natural food, so I’m looking to get some nice textures to play with.