Posted Monday, August 15, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


Kitchen, at home.
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Balanced lens on the edge of the frying pan, on an oven mit (to avoid melting). There was a bit of hot oil splashing about but I was able to wipe that off.

I used a smaller aperture to capture a higher depth of field, since the wide-open depth of field with the macro lens is measured in atoms. This meant I couldn't hand-hold it though, with the resulting slower shutter speed.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 25/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 8/10" @ f/10/1, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - Pictures taken with the 18-55 + macro combination tend to be a bit flat, so most work was to bring out the good stuff. I set the recovery bar to 100 to bring back some of the blown out parts on the sausage - due to reflection from the kitchen light. Otherwise fill-light to 20 to brighten the shot overall. The curve adjustment was also set to lighten everything up (lights +45, darks +30, shadows -20). I used a bit of noise reduction too (35) due to the high ISO.

The wash-up:

I wanted to get more sausage in the shot, but the angle of view made that difficult. With a more open pot - or even on a BBQ surface, and more light or a tripod, that could happen.

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