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23/365 for the lazy Chef

Stocks straight from the tub, ready made, good for lazy Chefs or great to cover for sudden big banquets or low manpower.
placed on a reflective black steel plate, polished it for 15 minutes with silver polish to bring it to shine as good as it could be, but ended up with massive amount sof dust on it. once I cleaned that up (sort of) I saw how bad the printed label was, with even more white odd spots on the black label, so had to spend another while removing those.
Lit with 1 soft-box from above, 1 reflector right and a white paper left to hide any color reflection from the books used to keep the spoon in place.
Rushed the whole “put sauce and shoot thing” as I was worried most about getting “skin” forming on the sauce……in te end I ended up with a unflattering blob of sauce on the base, i guess its partly due to its on black, a lighter base would have shown the sauce better, but the black goes so well with the tubs.
oh well…..tomorrow day 24


ok take 2 is below, as I was not happy with the above shot at all, I did another one:

As I said yesterday, wasn’t happy at all with the shot, the way it was composed, the way the sauce looked, positioning of it, dust etc etc. so just had to make up for it and redo it again today….15 mins set up, 5 minutes to shoot and adjust, 20 minutes editing, and I am now quite happy with this.
Never rush! lesson learned!


22/365 what year of the rabbit!?

Thought I’d treat my cats to a 5 Star meal since they suffer tremendously from the year of the rabbit, so opened a can of truffles, a bottle of Pinot est voila they were happy as pie!
1 strip light behind (quite effective) and 1 softbox just right of camera, not so effective….look at the eyes
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21/365 恭喜發財

Happy Chinese New Year of the Rabbit!Still life lit with single soft-box right, triple diffused with scrims, 1 reflector left (silver)



20/365 You gotta start them young!

Youngest son was asking me about Wanchai what it is all about, so how could I do anything else but take him on a guided tour
(no he wasn’t harmed and and there was no rhum in his milk pinacolada)
lit with single umbrella camera right


after a long day shoot we did a few trials with our new vario ND filters, 2.5 minute exposure here. lit by about 25.000 lightbulbs!

18/365 a shoot with the Veloso’s

Had a wonderful day out today shooting several small projects, one of them was a shoot with old friends pictured here.
lit with a gold reflector, shot with 70-200 mm lens.
what a day!

17/365 how much gear can I carry?

One of my Philipino Friends in HK is getting geared up to become a photographer and fellow strobes……….he doesn’t listen very well but oh whats new? been there done that, got the t-shirt! anyway we are out and about on a learning spree in Mei foo park tomorrow and after that will attempt to Freeze HK harbor with some ND forces!
2 blue gelled flashes behind as hairlights1 key light through umbrella at 3 o clock
he has bought some new gear today!

mean, lean photography machine!