For the second time in as many years I participated in the DC Shootoff, a four-day photography workshop held in Arlington, Va. This year’s conference featured presentations by several well-known photography professionals, as well as useful workshops that dealt with best practices and workflow management.
The Shootoff is so named for its centerpiece challenge, a 24-hour juried photo contest that asks participating photographers to translate a specific theme into 3-5 edited photos. This year’s theme, “balance,” was drawn randomly from dozens of ideas submitted by conference participants. In interpreting the selected theme I melded my dual passions—photography and food—and came up with a conceptual take on a balanced breakfast.
I paired up simple ingredients that I thought people would quickly associate with a “balanced” breakfast, and shot them from directly overhead at high magnification with one of my all-time favorite lenses, the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5. I lit my miniature tableaux with three Speedlight strobes fired via radio triggers, and modified the light by bouncing it off white cards and a white wall.
The following shots are the result of my efforts, and ended up taking home 2nd place in the Egnor Cup (the Shootoff category for advanced photographers). Enjoy.
Be sure to check out the high resolution versions of these shots in my set on Flickr.