There are some images that I see and really want to replicate the process. Last year one of those images was of strawberries falling into cream, and I nailed it, come spring/summer I am sure I will be doing that again. Another image I have always loved is of glasses with liquid splashing or flying around as if by magic. I decided I wanted to create an image like that this week.
When photographing glass you don’t want any highlights of light disturbing its smooth curve and you want to be able to see the rim. The best way to light it then, is from the back with the glass really forming a silhouette. I used a piece of white card placed up against a chair and lit the card with my external Speedlight; if you don’t have an external flash just use a big lamp and set the white balance on the camera to tungsten.
I placed a glass upside down and then the glass I wanted to photograph on top, to create the look of a slight reflection and to have a seamless background. If you use a table you don’t get a seamless background, using glass with white card underneath could have been another option. I focused and took shots until I had the exposure right, I was using 1/200 as it is in my flash sync speed range f/8 and ISO 800 (because I forgot to change it) but there wouldn’t be too much noise with this image anyway.
I got some nice shots of a glass that could be used as a product shot. What I really wanted was the splash.
I plugged in my camera remote and filled the top glass with pear juice; grape juice could work just as well. I removed the lower glass and held my wine glass with grape juice by the stem. Pressing the remote trigger I gently flicked the glass spilling wine; i mean pear juice, all over my table.
It took a few attempts to get a splash that looked good and then I kept going.
Now I had two pictures one of a glass and one of a glass stem and juice flying. Photoshop would be where the whole image would be pieced together
I imported the two images and set the white point for both images. I then set the glass shot above the spill and set the blending to overlay. I lined up the shots and masked away areas of the glass that I didn’t need. I then finished off with some colour editing.
From beginning to end it took about an hour to shoot and edit, fairly quick and a great afternoon project. I am going to try this again as there are somethings I am sure I could refine but for a first attempt I am quite happy.
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