For more table top practice, I drove down to Specialty Produce and grabbed a few interesting looking things to light and shoot.
I grabbed a couple beautiful heirloom tomatoes. They always have the pretties ones I have ever seen. Well, all the produce at Specialty Produce is pretty amazing.
I had a lot of fun lighting these things a bunch of different ways, just using one Alien Bees AB800 and a 47 inch octabox, but then angling it a little this way and that, and placing many little cut up pieces of paper to reflect a little light here and there.
These I jsut had to photograph, the color, the textures, I just thought they were great looking.
And to celebrate a long day of shooting I had a glass of rye whiskey.
So, I had an idea for some shots I wanted to make on my table top set up, so I went shopping for supplies. A trip to Home Depot yielded 1 marble tile and 1 slate tile for the shoot. Then I went to Sprouts and picked up a couple subjects, onions, garlic, and a couple pasilla peppers. I don't have the reciepts but it was like $8 for all of that stuff.
Yesterday was a rare rainy day in San Diego, so it seemed like a good day to set up and play with lights. Each subject called for a different light modifier. Tha garlic got a stip box, but when I tried it on the onion it didn't look right. SO I swapped out to my 47" Octabox. That worked nicely on the onion, but wasn't QUITE right for the peppers. Luckily I was able to get what I wanted by just popping in a grid on the Octabox!