Still Life With Pizza

This series is going to be slightly different from Friday Photo — there’s only so many big themes you can address in photography without repeating yourself.  So there’ll still be the camera settings, which I know people like, but they’ll be less pontificating about image and art.  For now.  If you want me to pontificate you can either go back to the Friday Photo posts or just buy me a drink and get me started.  Maybe one of those new fangled craft beers which take you about a third of the glass to work out whether you like it or not.  What this is is really just a way of posting some photos that might get lost on Instagram.  Instagram is great but it tends to push you into posting more impact-heavy images that work for the format — being breezed through quickly on a small phone screen.  And yes I realise this whole enterprise falls down if you’re looking at this on your phone, but there we are.  Hopefully some people will be looking at this and hopefully some of those people will be looking at this on something as antiquated as a computer screen.  I’ve chosen this photo because it’s an evening image using available light and it’s nice to do something without the flash.  I moved over to flash because it gave me greater flexibility, but all light sources have their advantages and disadvantages.  I also love that the light cast from the bare bulbs gives this image a kind of painterly chiaroscuro feel.  A heightened drama and mood, nods to last supper images, which is a nice ironic counterpoint to people just queuing for pizza.

bigger than instagram

Technical details for the photography wonks:

Camera: Canon 5DIII

Lens: 24-70mm (set at 35mm)

Aperture: f4.5

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 4000

Mode: Manual