Well it's a very closely cropped Mason jar of maple syrup...I hope it makes people salivate!
Lighting it was a bastard err, an exercise in patience! I setup on the kitchen table turned lengthwise, then placed lightweight foamboard to act as b/g, surface and f/g. Thanks to help from Ryan, I learned to light the bg first, then the subject. Made all the difference in the world! Thanks babe, I owe you! :-)
Though this is essentually a studio setup, I did use ambient light here, as I shot at roughly 2pm on a very murky afternoon, so no strong light was coming in to ruin the shot. The two big floods lit the bg, a loonie-store flashlight helped knock out the foreground shadow of jar, along with a handheld reflector. All told there was probably 8 ft between tripod and wall, with jar at approx the 7 ft mark (closest to camera) as could be managed.
Something else which also helped to light up the syrup: this is a canning lid, the kind that comes in two parts. There is the simple round 'lid' part, (not visible here) and a collar (the visible part). Simply remove the flat lid, which you can't see anyway from this angle, and when shooting, fire off a handheld flash right over the now-open jar of syrup. But the lid is still in place, giving it the illusion of being sealed. But shooting off the flash certainly helped give the syrup a nice glow.
pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, rotate in teeny increments to level, use magnetic lasso to select lid and apply brightness/contrast as needed. Used magnetic lasso to select and apply brightness/contrast saturation to syrup. Cloned out shadow at bottom of jar. Resize, usm, sharpen, save for web.
As a few people noted, there is indeed an orangey cast to the syrup...*sigh* should have run a warming filter over it to give it more of the expected amber glow. Ah well.
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