This steam thing is going to be a bit of a theme here over the next few days. The shot of the kettle made me want to try things a little more, mostly to try out a shot where I wasn’t going to even attempt a fast shot and instead, focus on a slower one – something in the 1/30th of a second mark. My thought here was that maybe the better option was softer steam which the slower shutter speed would allow for.
For this shot, I used a black board as the background and 2 flashes for the light. The main light was off to the left with a small soft box shooting towards the mug, but slightly behind it. To the right, I had a white wall that acted as a reflector to even out the light. For the steam, I taped a flash underneath the cupboard shooting forward towards the steam from above. From there, it was just a matter of shooting and seeing what the steam would do. I found that I had about 10-15 seconds before I had to remove about 3-4 tablespoons of tea and replace with boiling water to revive the steam.
Next up – doing more of a complete shot with props.
Canon 7D, 1/30 of a second, F13 and ISO 200.
Here are a few more with different steams: