Photo Challenge Number 5 – HEAT

Graceful By Graceful, 13th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Let the word HEAT be your next challenge whether you are a photographer or a painter. Even if you are not into these arts let this be an inspiration to create something hot!

A Challenge for Everyone who Creates

Dear photographers, artists, writers and all creative people! Do you need a challenge for your next project? Maybe you’re stuck in a creator’s block? Here’s one for you: The 5th challenge on my list is “HEAT”. You can interpret the assignment any way you want. Be creative, and maybe we’ll see a post about it?

I live in Norway so I couldn’t exactly shoot a heat wave in February. I could of course do something on the flames in the fireplace, but this time I had something else in mind. On a couple of occasions I have tried to shoot coffee steam, but I was never completely satisfied with the result. This time I wanted to get it right so I googled it and watched a couple of tutorials and studied other images I found online.

The Setup and How I did It

Then I decided to try this setup: You need a dark background since the steam is white and won’t show if the background is too light. I used a black backdrop. The light should shine through the steam and be aimed at the top of the cup from behind. I also had a fill light from one side. I used a studio flash and shot it through a white translucent umbrella. I added a reflector to lighten the front a little and make the shadow less noticeable.

Then it was just a matter of playing with the composition and exposure, trying different cups and watching how the steam moved. I had to reheat the coffee in the microwave a few times since I wanted a better shot and then an even better shot and so on. It’s fun to work with something that you cannot control like how the steam acts!

The Final Result

On this last photo I kicked the table with my foot to get some movement and action of the hot steam…………..and what happens when you kick a coffee table?? You spill the coffee! I found this kinda cool so I did it a few more times until I got this shot. Then I added some textures to make it even more interesting.

Challenge Number 1 - ICE -
Challenge Number 2 - COLORFUL
Challenge Number 3 - TIME


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author avatar Graceful
I am a photographer hoping my art will give the viewer a moment of escape. I will write about art and also add some photo challenges as well as everyday stories and travels.

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author avatar Henningsokholm
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Marvelous, I like the definition.

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author avatar Graceful
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for your comment! Glad you like it!

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