The Bean

In our quest to find ourselves creatively, we need to often push against our own boundaries and capture what we have never done before. For me, this past week has taken me from coffee bean to miniature truck and I have had such a blast on the journey.

The Bean

This shot was inspired by many other photographs of coffee beans and my growing passion for macro photography so I decided to give this close up shot a try.

My set up included a clear piece of glass provided by my end table in the living room that I sat on a card table I use often for product photography. Next, I used a spray bottle of water and wet the glass until I had droplets that I liked. This took longer than I expected and wipe and spray again went on for a little while. In hindsight, I should have probably mixed the water with glycerin to allow the water to bead better and possibly hold shape longer.

Once I got the beading right, I began to adjust the gelled lighting for the background. I also wanted the gelled light to reflect off the water to add color and help pull the image together so to help with that I moved the table as close to the backdrop as possible without blocking the back light. 

Placing the bean and getting droplets of water to fall on it to my liking took another bit of time but in the end I was pretty happy with the final position. However, by the time I took the final shot the water droplets had began to lose their shape so maybe glycerin the next time. 

Post processing was pretty quick (5-10 mins) and I used my Blues custom preset to enrich the overall colors and make the highlights pop some more.

In upcoming posts, I plan to add behind the scenes images to aid in showing the set up used. 

 So, what gear did I use?


Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens

Paul C. Buff Lighting

What were the settings?

1/200, f11, ISO100

If you have any comments or questions please post below and I would also enjoy seeing what you are creating so link your stuff. 

Never stop moving forward and creating something. Let yourself be free from the voice inside that may tell you that what you want to shoot is not good enough or won't be accepted by others. The only way we find who we are and what we like is to let our imagination take us there. 

Go create!