Monday, February 21, 2011

How I Got The Shot #10 - Location, Location, Location!!

One of the mos important things to keep in mind when getting that great image is location.  Sometimes you need to build your background in a studio setting while other times find some remote site is best.  Today, we will be talking about how sometimes the location itself can provide some great images.

Check out the details after the break...

Creative Process:
Even before we were married, my wife would talk about this place close to Cincinnati called Jungle Jim's International Market.  If you are a foodie, this is the place to go.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, from any country in the world - you probably cannot get it anywhere!  Not only does the place have a great selection of food, but the interior makes for an editorial photographers dream location.

Jungle Jim's International Market
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014

Nikon D50
Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6

EXIF Info:
See each shot as they were different exposures.  The only commonality is that they were shot in RAW.

Lighting Setup:
All ambient lighting from the store.  As I was traveling super light on this trip, I left the speedlights at home.

Image #1:
EXIF - 1/160th @ f/3.8, ISO 800 Shot @ 28mm

Ok, so this giant Campbell's soup can and kids are above the isle...but that is not all.  It is a full animatronic display.  The eyes move, and the kids on either side move and the whole thing swings back and forth!

Post Processing:
For this image, I used Topaz Labs Adjust - Photo Pop preset.  After that, I used Topaz Labs - Denoise to remove the noise we got from ISO 800.

Image #2:
EXIF - 1/60th @ f/5.6 - ISO 800, 135mm

OK, so how can you not look at this and laugh a little.  The innuendo that can be had is priceless!

Post Processing:
A very simple levels adjustment and black and white processing in Photoshop CS4

Image #3:
EXIF - 1/100th @ f/3.8, ISO 800 - 28mm

OK, seriously - this is just the CHEESE section.  I've been to my fair share of grocery stores and most deli sections are not this big!

Post Processing:
Same as Image #2, levels adjustment and black and white processing in Photoshop CS4

So, here are three images from a "grocery store".  Sometimes the location is the story.  A place like this makes for a great outing, interesting subjects, great compositions.  I love places like this, not only because of it's uniqueness, but it provides a place where you can go and be inspired.

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