September 3, 2013

Beer Seeds

Last Friday morning I took a drive up to Maine to get some shots for Smuttynose Brewing. No beer bottles or construction images this time. I was there to get some shots of fresh hops.  Being a hop-head, it was a treat for me. But it was also a bit challenging.

The morning started out overcast, but by the end of my 45 minute drive to the site, the clouds were giving way to the sun. And it was late morning, so the sun was getting pretty high and harsh, making shooting in available light more difficult.

The ground shots were easy enough. Joanne Francis, the Marketing Manager at Smuttynose, used a wicker basket to shield the sun so I was able to shoot in the shade with reflected light. But for the shots of the hops on the vine, I was standing on a ladder, about 15 feet up the side of a barn. Cloud cover came and went, but overall the sun was a nuisance. I shot handheld brackets and merged them with the Photomatix 32bit plugin for Lightroom. Some stylization was done in Perfect Photo Suite from onOneSoftware.

These were all shot with my Olympus OM-D. I used the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro lens for most shots and the 17mm 1.8 for the overhead shot.

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