48 — Buried
It’s no secret that I like coffee… wait — like isn’t strong enough. I LOVE coffee. That & my beard are the source of all my powers!
I had the idea for this shot a couple of weeks back after thinking about how many coffee beans I must get through in a year — my super awesome math skills worked that out to about 18,000g just incase you were wondering. If I gathered all that coffee together I could literally be buried in it!
Obviously buying that much awesome coffee & wasting it was not an option. I remembered a technique I’d seen last year by Laya Gerlock. Moving the coffee beans in strips taking a shot and then compositing them together meant that I could make a sea of coffee with just 200g of coffee.
Burying a mug or cup in the coffee was going to take a little more thought. My original idea was to cut a hole in a sheet of wood. drop the mug through so that just the top was proud of the surface & then surrounded by the beans. But that seemed like far too much work! A cardboard take out coffee cup and a pair of scissors was a much better idea!
P .s. coffee beans + rim light + f1.4 = beautiful bokeh! Who knew!
P.p.s. What do I love more; boobs, beans or bokeh. Tough call.
Note: Don’t miss the totally radical behind the scenes video at the bottom of the post.
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- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
- Flashes: Canon 580ex & 600ex-rt
- Accessories: Manfrotto tripod, 3 light stands, a boom arm, 2 light brackets, a 110cm 5 in 1 Reflector, a Westcott Apollo Strip, a Rogue Grid, Pocket Wizard Mini TT1, Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 & a Pocket Wizard AC 3 Zone Controller
- Shutter Speed: 1/125th
- Aperture: F/1.4
- ISO: 100
Watch The Behind The Scenes Video
It’s got mutiple camera angels and everything… because you know… I’m pro & have mad iMovie skillz.