Worth Bottling

We headed off to Tamborine Mountain here is Queensland for a wine and distillery tour about 2 weeks ago. We sampled plenty and bought a fair share also. But before I let Anna open these bottles I wanted to get some photos of them.

This is the International Award Winning Wattle Toffee Liqueur. The bottle is hand painted by the owner of the  Tamborine Mountain Distillery Alla.

Setup Details

For the shoot I wanted the bottles on a seamless white background with as much detail of the bottle as possible, and considering for my birthday in July I got a light stand and umbrella it it was time to put them to good use.

Using white foam core boards as the base and backdrop I could nuke the setup giving me a nice white environment.

As you can see the flash was setup at a 45deg angle to the bottle and slightly above. The Vivitar 285 was set @ 1/4 power and triggered with my Cactus wireless remotes. Lens used for the shots was my Canon 70-200mm f2.8. Reason I went with this was that my 17-55mm f4-5.6 wasn’t offering the DOF or sharpness I wanted.  I wanted a little more pop, and you just cant beat the sharpness the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens offers. Only thing was that I was shooting from the lounge room.

So what did I learn from this shoot? Firstly I have to ask myself why I hadn’t opened the packet of Jatz biscuits at the end of the table during the shoot(Man those things are addictive). And secondly  a larger white backdrop would have helpded limit post processing time, as each image required cropping and adding of white space. Think I will invest in larger foam core boards this week.

I’ll be doing more product photography based shots this weekend as I will be visiting my parents and Mum needs some of her Silk art and products shot for the launch of her new website. More info on that soon.

Here is a shot of the Lemon Myrtle Vodka that is certainly the best vodka I think I have ever had. I wouldn’t mind re-shooting this but on a black or dark gray backdrop.