Today I decided to try something a little more studio fancy and a lot more involved. I wanted to do a shot of a bottle, but my issue is that bottle shots are tough and I do not have the lighting to make it turn out proper. I decided that I would give it a go anyways and see what I could get. For a surface, I wanted something with colour and ideally something that would reflect. I decided to use our glass side table. My original plan was to tape tissue paper to the bottom to get the colour, but I couldn’t find the tissue paper. That lead me to Vahida’s pashminas – which she has about 900 of. I wanted something a little darker, but not black and ended up going with this dark pink one. At the time I didn’t think about all the patterns on it, but I like how it turned out with them. It would have been nicer if it was a little darker to get more of a reflection, but that is ok.
Once I figured out how to get the scarf onto the glass (I used a lot of clear tape), my next challenge was the background, and I figured flat black was the only way to go. My attention now was on light, where I learned that I was out of batteries. This brought me to Canadian Tire, where I, you know, bought batteries. Coming home I got to taking the picture. With Vahida as my assistant, I got the shot framed, spritzed the bottle and snapped away.
In total, since I only have the one flash, this shot is a combination of 4 pictures. I took one for each side of the bottle, one lighting through the glass to get the green to come through, and one to remove some reflections from the table top. Looking at the shot after it was blended, I saw that the layers didn’t line up perfectly. I need to do one of two things. A) Get more flashes, or B) use a camera trigger so that I don’t move the camera when taking the picture. I tried to fix things in post, but it just wasn’t happening. I decided to go with the shot, flaws and all.
I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon 24-70 F4 L lens at 45mm, shooting at 1/160, F6.3,with an ISO setting of 100. It was a nice sunny day today.