Coffee Swirl

I can’t believe it. It took me so much time to do a simple shot like this.

What I wanted to do was something along the lines of this award winning photograph for Millicano coffee.

I took this as an inspiration, and tried to do something along this line, with a few changes.
I took this as an inspiration, and tried to do something along this line, with a few changes.

I couldn’t figure out how to do this shot ( I still can’t) , but I tried to work along with whatever comes. I think the above shot uses brushes in photoshop to create the liquid diffusion. I guess.

In my first attempt I used a small fish-tank and splashed a cup inside. I wanted to put the cup inside the frame to signify the immersion of oneself in the coffee experience.
Next I tried swirling the water with spoon while adding coffee powder/coffee + water.

Didn’t happen.

For the simple reason that I couldn’t swirl fast enough to freeze the action.

Coffee Swirl I
Coffee Swirl I

As you can see, the swirl didn’t happen. But I like the way the coffee crush is falling, as if in a meteor shower.

So the next week, my professor at college lended me his portable coffee frother to make the swirls. This time, I shot it in a small glass cup with a softbox from behind.

Coffee Swirl II
Coffee Swirl II

I really loved the swirls I got this time! 🙂

French Croissant : First Try

Plain French Croissants were my second subject which I shot last week (25th June I guess).

Short post peeps, don’t worry. 😛

It was a random visit to the bakery store for a quite sandwich lunch, when I spotted the croissants on the counter. They looked good and proper , so I bought them to shoot.

I came back home and started my setup.

Now I looked at a lot of reference pictures and I saw they are generally had with coffee and jam or plain ones are occasionally sugar coated for garnishing. I had these things ready at home so it didn’t require a lot of time to set up.


Props:

For a backdrop, I chose to use the new khadi textile piece that I had bought earlier in the day for about 50 bucks a meter at a local furnishing store. It complemented the colour tone of the croissants and would give the setup a nice airy look.

Khadi cloth has a nice fine texture to it and is available at cheap rates in India. It is an awesome textile as a backdrop as well as for clothing.
Khadi cloth has a nice fine texture to it and is available at cheap rates in India. It is an awesome textile as a backdrop as well as for clothing.

Now i took some tissues and crushed them into balls and opened them up slightly and put the croissants in it. Apart from it being a serving style in bakery, it would help to separate it from the background and add interesting shape and texture.

Eggs, a baking ingredient, would be lovely to break the shape and stay in the same colour palette.

Coffee and Jam, were obvious side dishes that completed my frame.

To raise the croissants a little higher than the rest of the things, I placed them on steel coasters ( You can probably spot it) . It would help to bring attention to the croissants.


Lighting:

I used two Elinchrome D-lite heads for this shoot with 60×60 Soft-boxes on both of them. I placed the main light at 10 o’clock of the setup (between 9 and 10 somewhere) and the other fill light on the right of the setup, cross lighting the croissants. The light diagram is below.

Lighting setup for the shot.
Lighting setup for the shot.

A white reflector was used to fill some light in the front near the jam.


Composition :

Pretty simple. Croissants have a lot of texture so made it stand out as much as I can with surrounding subtle tones and cross lighting with a slightly blown out edge light.

The coffee mug had a dhoop incense (camphor, generally used in puja) inside it for the steam/smoke.

In the first frame, I placed the jam and the knife untouched. No other garnishing. just a plain look for a simple breakfast.

Croissants, plain
Croissants, plain

Next, I scooped out some jam for an intimate touch and recomposed the image with a tissue under the knife. I also added castor sugar on the croissants to help them pop out a bit more, and give it a crisp look.

Croissants with sugar powder and scooped out jam.
Croissants with sugar powder and scooped out jam.

I hope you found this informative. This is just a start and i hope to bring you better and more creative images further on. If you have any suggestions, do leave a comment 🙂


This week, I’m thinking Rum Balls 😀

Also, I’ll soon post about the Cheesecake shoot I did yesterday. Which was kind of a fail. So I’m going to figure out what went wrong. After all, we learn from mistakes.  🙂