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Personal Project

This may be one of my favorite bottles ever. So many great textures and shapes in the cap, to the ripples in the bottle, the raised lettering, the differences in the foil of the label... Wanted to try and show case all of those elements as best as I could.

4 Lights, 2 strip boxes, 1 gridded reflector, 1 snoot.

1st strip,
This light was placed back left of the bottle. I wanted this light to just skim the side, and show off the texture of the bottle and showcase the ripples. This light was also going to provide the light for the left part of the cap. I placed this light low, so most of the light hit the bottom part of the cap. I wanted to play with contrasting highlights in the cap, where the parts that were dark on the left, were bright on the right. This strip box also provided the red cast on the right side of the bottle.

2nd Strip
This light was placed in front of the bottle quite low aiming at the surface that the bottle was sitting on. I wanted a nice gradient to come out from the center of the surface.

Next up was getting the front illuminated. The label's texture is quite interesting, it has a sparkle about it. As I was playing with the label light, I knew that the light would need to come up from above to show off the embossed nature of the signature and the other elements. Also that the best way to show the sparkle the label had was to put part of it in shadow. So with this in mind I used a 10 degree grid and placed a flag in front to produce the diagonal shadow on the bottom right. This raise perspective also help complete the goal of flipping the caps highlighted areas.

Lastly I placed a snoot to fire at the bottom right of the bottle, to create the specular highlight at the bottom, the highlight on the surface the bottle was on and produce the brighter amber for the left side of the bottle.

Per usual this shot is 95% in camera. Just textural clean up and dust removal. However in this case the extreme angle required me to focus stack to to get the image as in focus from end to end as possible. Only color shifts was to the surface the bottle was on. No dodging and burning.

Canon 5DS
100mm · f/10.0 · 1/200s · ISO 100
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