Pineapple Centerpiece – Project 365: Day 96

by matt on May 26, 2010

Pineapple CenterpieceWhat can you do with a pineapple, grapes, cherries and cucumbers?  Create a nice table centerpiece.  My wife made this by first slicing a pineapple in half to create the base.  Then she used a flower shaped cookie-cutter to make pineapple flowers from the other half of the pineapple.  Each flower center was made with a preserved cherry.  Skewers and grapes added to the display.  Leaves were created by using both cucumber skins and spinach leaves.

The setup for taking this shot was pretty basic and one that I’ve used quite frequently.  I’m always in learning mode when it comes to lighting and I firmly believe that experimentation is the best way to become better and to understand the properties of light as it relates to photography.

I used a two flash setup (see photo below) with a Canon 430EXII and Lumiquest Softbox III to camera left and aimed directly at the white wall behind the subject.  To camera right was a Canon 580EXII with a white shoot through umbrella.  Using the softbox and umbrella make the light “larger” which means there will be less harsh shadows.  The Canon 430EXII acts to “blow out” the white wall behind the subject.

I used a Canon 5DII with an aperture of f/6.3 and a shutter speed of 1/125th sec.  Recently I’ve been doing a lot of shooting with the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens but tonight I went with the Canon 50mm f/1.8 which for the price is a fantastic lens.

So there you have it.  A nice photo of a pineapple centerpiece that anyone can easily make.  If you have any questions about the centerpiece or in how the shot was setup let me know.  I’m happy to answer any and all questions.

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