Patric Bergkvist is making a strong case as one of the better Swedish liquid photographers with his fantastic handle on the ideal lighting in very humble shooting spaces. We featured his exploding coffee and milk photo tutorial in early February and now he is back showing how to make a perfect shot of Whiskey. Photo that is.
"I don't have access to a studio or a big garage or anything like that, so all of my shots are made at home. When I do tabletop photography without any liquid splashes I mostly do it in my living-room. However, when I go crazy and photograph splashes I have to move down a floor level into the hallway. Because of this I'm always in a hurry when I decide to make a shoot. I do this after coming home from my job (this is only a hobbyso far...), and always after my kids have gone to sleep. The time it takes me, from the moment my kids go to sleep to me having cleaned everything up, is usually around 3-4 hours. If I don't get the shot exactly as I want it during that time, I have to tear down the set and put it up again the next day in the same manner. Not optimal, but shame on the one that gives up!"
That just goes to show, you can create great imagery no matter what the situation!
Gear used for this shoot:
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Sigma EX 150 f/2.8 Macro
- Canon 580EX II x2
- Canon 430EX II
- Phottix Odin Flash trigger x3
- Phottix 70x70 softbox converted to stripboxes x2
- Home made grid
- Old Manfrotto stand for the camera
Below are some of the setup shots:
Below are the three shots he used to build the final image:
And the final shot, composited from a technique Bergkvist learned from Tim over at Photigy.com:
I urge you to read the entire how-to on Photigy.com, because Bergkvist goes into extreme detail on how he makes the final image. I'm really impressed given the shooting situation and the fact that Bergkvist doesn't do this for a living.
Show your support for Bergkvist by connecting with him:
Homepage / blog: http://patricbergkvist.se
All images used and reposted with permission.