Critique For Nick and Lyndee

Sep 13, 2007
Northern VA suburb of Washington, DC
Many of us have known for a long time that Lyndee loves shoes. I learned just today in the Collective Shoot thread that Nick likes the idea of drinking wine from a shoe. I made this photo 5 1/2 years ago before I returned to Nikon Cafe.

The background is white translucent acrylic and the tabletop is black glossy opaque acrylic. Parts of five captures were combined to create the final image:

Capture 1: The main label was lit by the ceiling flourescent light to the right of the scene and two reflectors on the left to brightly light gold lettering on the left.

Capture 2: The background and its reflection in the tabletop were lit from behind the background by a speedlight fitted with a gel and a snoot. The light shining through the background also lit the inside of the spiked heel. A speedlight fitted with the same gel on the left is attached to a strip box positioned at a 45-degree angle to a diffusion panel on the left to create the gradient on the left side of the heel.

Capture 3: The reflection of the toe of the shoe was lit by a smalll lamp positioned above and to the right of the shoe.

Capture 4: The foil at the top of the bottle and all of the shoe except the heel were lit by the ceiling flourescent light to the right of the scene and a reflector on the left.

Capture 5: This capture was for the part of the bottle not covered by the label or foil. The gradient on the right side was created by a speedlight fitted with a gel positioned on the right side at a 45-degree angle to a diffusion panel.

(I actually didn't remember that I had ever used so many captures to assemble a photo. I probably don't have enough room in my makeshift studio these days to use the same process.)

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Apr 18, 2008
Fairfax, Virginia
Thanks, John!

The shoe and others like it are made in a special size to hold a bottle of wine. Would a bottle of scotch fit it?
Probably a bottle of Glenmorangie would be a good fit since it has a round bottom and a long body. Bottles of Aberlour or Balvenie would look nice next to the shoe but would probably be consumed too quickly to take pictures!
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