Cocktail Shoot

This time I’m attempting to chronicle the creation of a cocktail.  This particular one is a mix of gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, and blood orange juice.

That said, let’s start with our citrus! We’ve got to cut a lime in half so we can juice it, as well as cutting out some wheels from a blood orange for a garnish, and juicing the remainder.  This is basically a series of (semi) still life photos.  Directional lighting and flash are key here, as is placement within the frame.  Proportion and perspective are big points for success, as is color combinations.

Lime
Lime
Blood Orange
Blood Orange

 

Next up, measuring the juices … it’s all about proportion, once again!  A badly-proportioned cocktail belongs nowhere, except maybe a bad college party.  And likewise, a nice tight-in set of shots is key here.  We’re interested in the drink and the process of creating it, not the background.

 

Juicing Time!
Juicing Time!

 

And now the main event, the spirituous components.  In this case, some quality gin, and St. Germaine.  Again, keeping out extemporaneous background stuff, to maintain visual focus on our subject.  I’m also using flash, as the lighting wasn’t too great to capture the action

 

Gin
Gin

 

Pour
Pour

 

Then mix ‘em up!  This one has citrus, and nothing carbonated, so it merits a shake over a stir.

 

Shake it up!
Shake it up!

 

Then it’s time to finish it off … a quick “dirty dump” into a waiting glass (or you can strain over fresh ice if you like), add our garnish, and voila!  A finished cocktail.

 

The Dirty Dump
The Dirty Dump
Final Product
Final Product

 

My biggest challenge on this shoot was speed.  Most of the steps happen fast, and require accordingly high shutter speeds.  Add that to not a lot of ambient light, and it necessitated the use of a flash, which thankfully was fast enough to shoot in burst mode and capture most of what I wanted.  Not all of these are great (I particularly like the juicing and blood orange ones), but it’ll get the job done … for now.

 

Happy shooting!

 

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