Last week I wrote about playing around with still life when I shot an old bread bowl that belonged to my wife’s great-grand mother. See the Fruit Bowl. Sunday afternoon I took the leftover orange that I had used as a prop and decided to have some more fun. I have always wanted to photograph something like this but never have. I began by slicing the orange up into very thin slices. I cleaned the glass of our coffee table and placed a slice on top of the glass. Setting up my very expensive light kits was next. I took my little clip on light and placed it under the glass. With my camera on a tripod I began shooting from above.
Later I took a margarita glass and poured some diet lemon-lime chek drink into the glass. It is very important to use diet. Not really it just is what I had. The carbonated water is what I was after. I had remembered hearing Bryan Peterson speaking in a video about doing something similar with sparkling water or club soda. I also changed my lights. I took my desktop lamp and placed it beneath the coffee table to provide the light coming up through the glass and the orange slice. Then I took my little clip on light and clipped it on to one of the legs of my tripod. This provided a much-needed side light.
Then I took and sliced one of my oranges pieces into halves, and placed a half inside of the margarita glass. I then began playing with composition and focusing. I took several shots where I attempted to focus on the orange. This resulted in the rim of the glass being out of focus. Then I took several shots where I focus on the rim, resulting in the orange being out of focus.
This little exercise was so much fun. I’m going to have to try it again. Maybe the next time I can put salt on the rim and use limes. Have you ever tried something similar? I would be interesting in hearing your story.