So very good
thanks David :)
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Mar, 2017

Orgasmic Oreo Cake

This was one of the most difficult shots to ever shoot, not because of the complexity but because I couldn't concentrate on the image. Just amazing tasting cake.
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Behind The Lens

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who has made this image so popular here on Viewbug and other social media sites. This was not a planned image. In fact it was my brothers birthday and he actually saw this at the local bakery and decided he needed to have this delicious cake for his birthday. So we purchased it and once we froze it till after dinner. After dinner we layed it atop the table. I noticed how amazing it looked and thought this could make for some amazing imagery. So, I got my Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens out and opened the aperture almost all the way (f/2.2) to be exact. Starting shooting and viewing the cake from different angles and experimenting with different apertures but decided to settle on the f/2.2 as it gave me the best mix of sharpness and lighting. I found that at the distance I was shooting from, shooting wide open at f/1.8 and f/2 was given me just slightly too much shallow of a depth of field and I wanted just a bit more in focus. The other challenge was time. I had to shoot quickly, not just because everyone was eager to sink their teeth into it but also because the ambient lighting was starting to heat up the cake and it was losing it's freshness look. In the end I shot about 25 pics then culled thru for the best shots. Decided on this one in the end. To be honest, I never thought I would have gotten this kind of response when I uploaded it. Ohhh and how did it taste? Even better than it looked :)
Nothing special really as it was just shot in my kitchen, mind you under daylight balanced 5500K LED lighting. Had it been earlier in the day I could have easily just used the daylight and I could soften the light with some one of those semi-transparent curtains. The only other thing I used was a small reflector card to bounce some of the lighting into the shadows.
Nikon 1.8g Lens, no tripod, extra flashes or strobes. Since I was hand holding and shooting close up and sometimes at difficult angles, I raised my shutterspeed to 1/100 in order to avoid any bluriness from camera shake. ISO was 100 as well. Although 200 would have been better as I had to raise the lighting about a stop in post.
I just loved the way the cream and the cookies looked together.
Yes, I did some post but very littile. Added about a stop of lighting in Capture One, a bit of sharpening and cropped into the photo just a bit, till I felt I had that perfect, mouth watering view.
In my camera bag
Nikon f/1.8G, Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 and sometimes my 100mm Macro lens. Didn't end up using the macro for this shoot as I knew it wouldn't allow me to get in enough light without having to raise the ISO to 800 or more, plus I new the Bokeh effect would still be nice with the f/1.8g.
Have a camera ready with you at all times. You never know when you might see something unusual. Experiment with different apertures and shoot from a variety of angles. Afterall you're not using film (well some might be), so you can shoot as many shots as you want. Always shoot RAW whenever possible.

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