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Strobing with Malcolm, Lobster and Aberdeen as Background


Yesterday it was finally time to take softboxes, umbrellas, stands, tripods and just about everything esle in photography gear I own outside for some more serious work.

Malcolm and me we had this idea to do some seafood shots at Aberdeen harbour site, however the weather was playing parts, cloudy and very windy (read umbrellas and softboxes flying around) but we found a little stretch that was nicely sheltered and good to shoot.

Malcolm setting up Lighting Gear

Malcolm setting up Lighting Gear

First things first so we got to work to get the water boiling, and luckily Malcolm was so good to think of this being a problem at home….so he brought a big thermos with already boiling water along! Imagine the Kilos he brought along! Veggies in the pan, splash of white wine and we were off to seting up gear and visualizing what we wanted to do. First what we wanted was to get some Lobster shots where the Lobster was still alive, of which you can see some example here:

Boston Lobster

Boston Lobster

To get the Lobster in the pan was the next big thing, we both switched

Marco setting lights

Marco setting lights

places few times to shoot and light or assist in any way needed. So we set up the pot on the right location and set the lighting, using softboxes as the area was quite small and i like the lights from the softboxes much much more then from the umbrellas, especially if there are reflective surfaces.

Lobster hitting Pot

Lobster hitting Pot

I had some serious problems with reflections in the water in the pan, and also the clarity of my pictures here is not that great, i am wondering is it my 17-70 mm lens? perhaps it is.

Anyhow, the Lobster was cooking and as that takes a while we went scouting for options on how to shoot the Lamb, now take into account I had no kitchen, no nothing at all…….just an ice cold concrete slab under my knees that was all i had to work with………so well cold lamb, cold sauce etc, in a picture looks

Cinnamon Smoked Lamb

Cinnamon Smoked Lamb

just …..erh……cold! yes so we did find a great arrangement with the plate and the leaves and branches, but the food was crap. Next time better!

Cinnamon smoked Lamb

Cinnamon smoked Lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

So lesson learned do not attempt to make cold food look warm, it wont work, rather next time just schlep your whole kitchen to the location!

The Lobster meanwhile done, the beers nice and warm, we setup on the seaside an umbrella to light the body from the right and a bare flesh left to create nice rim lighting.

I end now with some shots of malcolm and me:

Malcolm taking a bite

Malcolm taking a bite

Yummy!

Yummy!

Marco digging the Tail

Marco digging the Tail Credits Malcolm!

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