Heading for year-end

_DSC0777In this part of the world the month of October usually marks the start of the rush towards year-end, and this year it’s no different.

It is as if everyone has woken up and suddenly realised that the end of the year is getting close and that a lot still needs to be done before that. September was already quite a busy month for us and October is not far behind. We had some fun photography-wise and got involved in a variety of activities, ranging from pre-wedding photography to location-scouting, studio portraiture, on-location shoots, and product photography.

Following are only a few examples of what we’ve been up to so far this month, starting with an image from a pre-wedding shoot we did. The wedding itself is in November and we are really looking forward to capturing that!

A pre-wedding shoot is always quite enjoyable and if the couple plays along enthusiastically then it becomes great fun !

A pre-wedding shoot is always quite enjoyable and if the couple plays along enthusiastically then it becomes great fun !

A fair amount of my time went into commercial photography which I quite enjoy. It is something that often poses technical challenges, such as getting the lighting ย justย right.

A packshot of a great sparkling wine, done in the studio where I have all the equipment to shoot a technically challenging image like this.

A packshot of a great sparkling wine, done in the studio where I have all the equipment to shoot a technically challenging image like this.

Looking at the image above you will be forgiven if you think it is an easy shot to take, but once you try it you will quickly realise that unwanted reflections on the bottle is not an easy thing to avoid ๐Ÿ™‚

Avoiding reflections on a styled image like the one below is however not always necessary, the image needs to look more realistic.

A styled product image - shot on location.

A styled product image – shot on location.

Doing a location shoot can be quite challenging and difficult since you need to get it right the first time, much like shooting a wedding. The image below is from such a shoot earlier this month where the models involved in the shoot really made my job easier by doing an excellent job themselves.

The models in this image had as much fun as I did during this location shoot!

The models in this image had as much fun as I did during this location shoot!

Fortunately shooting styled images in the studio as opposed to on-location makes life a bit easier in the sense that you do get a second chance to get the image right ๐Ÿ™‚

In fact, very few images comes out the way you want it at the first try, you need to make refinements in between until you get it right. I just love this kind of challenge !

The wine barrels in the background rightfully suggests that the wine is slightly wooded.

The wine barrels in the background rightfully suggests that the wine is slightly wooded.

The viewer need not see the whole bottle.

The viewer need not see the whole bottle.

Subtle cues such as the light reflection (pointing like a finger towards the label on the bottle) are sometimes used to draw the viewers eye to a specific area of the image.

The wine took it's name from the well-known Baccarat game.

The wine took it’s name from the well-known Baccarat game.

October so far has been fun for us, and we’re looking forward to see what more it brings!

As always – feel free to post any comment you may have below ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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  1 comment for “Heading for year-end

  1. stefan
    October 29, 2013 at 07:10

    Almal tref, mooiste vir my is Avontuur Baccarat met die refleksie van die kaarte en natuurlik smaak dit soos wen die lotto en Ayama tickle my belangstelling met hulle bobbejaan en luiperd embleme Well done Jacques

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