Valentine’s Day Table Setting Story

A good day to you. I’ve been busy collaborating with my sister for her blog posts. Her blog is at Janine does all the styling, and I use my photo skills to make the images. This photoshoot I used my Canon 5D Mark IV camera and Canon 90mm Tilt-Shift lens varying the aperture from wide-open ƒ/2.8 up to ƒ/11. I tethered my camera using a Tethertools USB 3.0 cable to my MacBook Pro 15″ running on Capture One Pro 20. I also attached the camera to a Gitzo Series 3 tripod. The lighting is daylight, which is from the North through a large sliding glass door. Sometimes I need studio flash, but in this case, it wasn’t necessary.

For most of the photoshoot, I shot at ƒ/2.8 or wide-open to maximize the bokeh in the image. Sometimes with the tilt-shift lens, I will try to create a focus-plane that will include two key focus points while tilting the lens forward. Candles were lite and placed in this photo frame.

This image was made with the 50mm 1.4 adding flower petals to the design.

The last two images included extra flowers and flower petals for design. I hope you liked the photos and the story.

Illy Coffee Still-Life

A Valentine’s Day coffee photo. Illy medium roast Iperespresso capsules. Leica M10 and 90mm Summicron APO Asph. @ ƒ/8.0 at 1/250 ISO 800 processed in Capture One Pro and Photoshop.

Hawaiian Chicken


Hawaiian Chicken for Foster Farms using organic chicken. I used two lights and a fill card for this photo. The main light was a Profoto Zoom Reflector 2 with Barndoors to the right rear of the set, and the fill light was with a Profoto OCF 1′ x 3′ soft box above and to the center rear of the set. The Canon 5D Mark III was tethered to my Macbook Pro Retina running Capture One Pro to immediately view each photo as it was shot. A foam-core fill card was used in the front of the set. The lens was a 90mm Tilt-shift @ ƒ/8 ISO 100 and 1 /200 second with a little tilt movement to extend the focus of the chicken. Using the Profoto Canon TTL module and once I liked the exposure I switched the TTL to Manual to lock in the exposure. The ratio I was aiming for was around 1:3 to simulate daylight though a window.

Blueberry Buckle


A blueberry buckle photographed for my sister. I used afternoon daylight with a little foam-core fill. Canon 5D Mark III with Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. I processed the RAW photo in Capture One Pro 9 software.

Cold brewed coffee with Stumptown Coffee Roasters.


Piqued my interest in cold brewed coffee and a recommendation about Stumptown coffee roasters. I placed an order of whole beans and made a pot of cold brew coffee. It’s pretty easy to make. Just add a liter of water to a container then grid 8-heaping tablespoons of whole bean coffee and add to the water and stir. Then cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Pour over a Melita filter into another container and then serve. The taste has less acid than hot brewed coffee and it’s much smoother in flavor.