Read: According to its Wikipedia page, sherbet is a popular West and South Asian drink that is prepared from fruits or flower petals. This one was indeed made of petals, rose petals. Indians would instantly recognize that the one that I have used is the most popular, and also the most common one, Rooh Afza!
The photograph that you see above is definitely among my favorites! I talked about ‘sharing my experiences while shooting’ in my last post. Am glad that this photograph would be the first one I will talk about.
To begin with, let me tell you that I took a total of 29 photographs that day while shooting this and only then I could select two to come up with this diptych. I have attached a few for you to have a look.
Now, coming to the setup.
1)I have read on many blogs that if you shoot at home (if you are not doing it for commercial purposes), window light is all you need. And window light really worked wonders for this shot.
3) I didn’t have fill cards either so I just taped two drawing sheets together and made one. They weren’t very effective as they weren’t 100% opaque, but they still helped in getting rid of some of the unwanted shadows. As you can see, I’ve supported this pseudo fill card with a photo frame.
4)It was a bit difficult to find out the exact proportion of water and the sherbet in the mixture that would allow only a particular amount of light to pass through the glass and reach my lens. This was done purely on a hit and trial basis.
5)It was also a bit difficult to cut a clean lemon slice, and more importantly, to make a slit of perfect length. I wasted two lemons in the process but both, the shape of the slice and the length of the slit turned out to be perfect the third time.
Tip: While making a slit in the lemon slice, don’t cut it half way through at the first attempt itself. Cut it only a little bit and slowly and steadily figure out how much more cutting is required by placing the slice again and again on the glass until you realize that it sits perfectly.
Then, the only thing I was left with was composing and shooting.
As you can see, I’ve not used specialized gear at all for this photograph (not even a tripod in this case). But I feel the result was decent enough.
So here is my first post in the Photo-Rant category. Will surely try to add more. I am a firm believer of the ideology that ‘Gear should never be a hindrance’ and I hope this post supports this fact.
Happy Reading! 🙂