Project 365: Day 90 – Sliced Bread Staircase

by matt on May 20, 2010

Sliced Bread StaircaseTonight was another night where I struggled to come up with a subject for Project 365.  It’s not always easy to come up with ideas and some days I honestly just don’t feel motivated to even do it.  But I’m now at day 90 and have made it this far and I’m not a quitter so I keep plugging away at it.

In situations like this the best thing to do is stop and make a sandwich.  So I did and that’s when it hit me!  Sliced bread piled into a mini staircase would make a cool photo.  Here’s the setup:

Ten slices of premium Costco whole wheat bread stacked offset from each other into a mini bread staircase.  I really wanted the bread to stand out so I placed them on the black back of a speaker box (it’s always cool to improvise and this is what the pros do anyway) and used the black side of a 5-1 reflector as the background.  In order to control the light better I used a single Canon 430EXII flash with a one of a kind white copy paper snoot (just a piece of paper that I rolled into a tube and then attached to the head of the flash; it’s functional and yet still maintains that professional look).  This allows me to make the light go exactly where I want it to, in this case only on the stack of delicious bread.

I really didn’t do much work on this in Photoshop except to clone out a few crumbs and sharpen the image for the web.  Now it’s sandwich time!  Camera settings are below.

Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | f/5.6 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 100

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