photo post by Donna
After finishing a quick lunch with Carri Thurman and Michael the other day, we had this cutting board with the remnants of a fine light lunch. What inspired me to photograph the board was Carri's lilac jelly—so clear and glistening in the sun. Inside by a window that gets sun most of the day, I took a photo about 2pm. Very nice—but maybe I should wait until the sun isn't so hot and high in the sky. I left the board and didn't get back to it until about 5:30. Shoot (no pun intended) I had waited too long. The light had lost it's warmth. I wanted to do Carri's jelly justice so I got out my power pack and lights. I had the earliest photo as a reference and wanted it to look natural—not like a studio shot. To recreate the sunlight, I used a spot grid to back light and then fill lit in front with a soft box on the left. The strobe light at half power was an an 100th of a sec exposure @ f22. No natural light at all. This photo does have a manipulated look to it—but one inspired by natural light. Below are the two earlier no artificial light attempts.