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KaylieToast October 18, 2018
This is really beautiful
Pidge815 October 27, 2018
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LotusRadiante Mar 14
What is supposed to be done with the herbs? (I would feel lost to see them on my plate next to the coffee)
Very good

Coffee Thyme





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Behind The Lens

I took this picture in my home studio in Toronto, Canada. I had just picked up a marble slab and I was excited to use it in my photos.
I'm not a morning person. But this photo was taken when I was trying to be a morning person. As most people, the first thing I do is make myself coffee, but as I'm staring at this marble slab, an idea hits me. My morning coffee quickly becomes a prop, the coffee beans are spread out, and a grab a bundle of thyme that I had from my garden. Viola! The time was 8:23am.
Unfortunately, my I live in a basement suite. So as much as I would like to say I used natural lighting, I used a single flash bounced off of white board to get the soft lighting.
I used my Canon 6D, my new (but used) Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens, and single flash.
I was waiting for a job to come through. It would have been my first job in Toronto as we had just moved there. I was super excited and inspired to do a wide range of photos (while still sticking to my darker theme set) to quickly expand my portfolio and prove that I could do the job. The marble slab had been an unexpected but spectacular find and I was excited to test it out. This was one of the first sets of photos I took. I didn't get the job...but I got a lot of great photos!!
I LOVE editing my photos. Seeing the big difference just a small adjustment can make really inspires me and I usually end up going down to the pixel to fix small mistakes that, in all honesty, most people would never even realize if they had been there. Funny enough though, this photo required very little post processing. A simple gradient, some quick adjustments to give the cup and saucer that 'POP', and just a little bit to clean up the rim of the cup.
In my camera bag
When it comes to food and product photography I love shallow depth of field so my Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens is always in the bag, then my Canon 24-70mm f2.8 for those wider shots. Along with that I have my 3 flashes and always something to bounce and diffuse light, along with a plethora of small props and equipment for the food styling (brushes, tweezers, fake ice, etc.)
I took this photo when I didn't have a lot of equipment. We had just moved and I was transitioning from film equipment to photo equipment. I had brought a single flash with me (which died shortly after) and I had card stock and props from the dollar store. The marble slab....well, I salvaged that from someone's garbage. What I'm saying is don't let lack of equipment or props or anything stop you from taking photos. If there is anything I've learned about art it's that it's all about practice. So even if you don't think you have what you need to take a good photo, do it anyways. Working with less has challenged me to think outside the box and has helped me creatively.

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