Skull candle holders filled with milk and chocolate milk

“Candle holders”

Lauren got a gift set for Crystal Skull Vodka.  Within that set were two mini skull candle holders. Two mini shotglass sized candle holders in a vodka gift set. …Gotcha.

In any case, I’ve been looking at them for a while thinking about how they would look cool with some liquid in them, even though that is most definitely not their stated purpose. I figured milk and chocolate milk would be a neat and simple fluid to work with. The only real danger was all of the chocolate milk being consumed before I did this.

The setup was done in the dining room/mini studio.

Diagram of shoot

If I did it, here’s how it happened.

  1. SB 700 in an Apollo Mini softbox hitting them up slightly behind to the right.
  2. SB 600 with a diffusion gel and grid to prevent light spread.
  3. SB 600 with a snoot giving a little bit more light to the chocolate skull.
  4. Subject sitting on black plexiglass for reflection.
  5. Sweater I wore for three years before finding out it’s definitely made for women as a makeshift backdrop because I was too lazy to reverse the cover on my reflector.
  6. Trusty sewing machine cover as a reflector.
  7. Duster that once again tried its best.

Due to the many curves and angles to the skulls, there was a lot of different reflections and hotspots going on. Very difficult to control.

I shot this with my 50mm lens, shooting at 1/125 of a second with an aperture of f11, and ISO 100, which kills all ambient light and lets the lights do their thing.

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