Scavenger Hunt #29 – Coffee

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR
Focal length100mm
Exposure time5 s

Coffee was the first shot that I got for the Hunt, just after I got the 100mm macro lens (which, by the way, I love to bits.) It took A LOT of takes before getting something I was satisfied with – and even here, the fact that the chocolate is not fully in focus is a bit sad, I think.

The major hurdle with shooting liquids is that they tend to splatter – especially when dropped from some height, as it is on my coffee machine; it took a fair amount of careful cleaning to get the espresso foam line reasonably clean without destroying it. My first shots also didn’t have a spoon; it took a while to get the spoon in at the right angle for the picture. All the things that I could have fixed in postprocessing were obviously to be fixed in camera for a SOOC challenge!

But eventually, the stars aligned enough that I decided that it was good enough; this felt like a fairly long picture session, but I like the final image!

The edited version of the same concept would be something like this:

(And yes, the chocolate got composited from a picture where it was sharper 😉 )

And the full album of my Scavenger fellows is here: Coffee.