Chocolate Cake and Opus One



Just out of college I did editorial photography for a local newspaper. One assignment was to take photos at a restaurant of dessert and wine. A waitress dressed up to hold the items I photographed. I used a Norman 2000 watt-second power pack with one head in a Chimera 3’x4′ softbox to the left and a reflector to the right while the waitress was standing a few feet from a neutral wall at the restaurant. I photographed using my Hasselblad 500CM and Sonnar 150mm lens with Kodak TMY 120 film. The wine shot includes a bottle of Opus One 1982 vintage. I used Selective Color in Photoshop to dial in some warmth for the chocolate cake photo. I liked the simplicity of the lighting that shows off the detail in the cake.

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