The ROYGBIV Project: Green

The G is ROYGBIV is Green. Green is an environmental philosophy, for some a lifestyle. Green is the colour of envy and classic British sport scars. Green can be fresh and alive or it can be deadly military camouflage.  Continue reading

The ROYGBIV Project: Yellow

The third colour in the ROYGBIV series is Yellow. Yellow is a colour with divergent meanings: it is the colour of cowardice and cheapness, it is the colour of sunshine and joy. It is bright and energizing and can symbolize either hope or caution. That’s a lot of meaning to put into a single shoot. For my shoot I went with what was available in my house at the time, with no effort to generate sub-text. Natural objects are represented by the humble and ubiquitous banana while No Name food packaging, Ikea dishes and a painted clay pot stand in for the man-made objects. Continue reading

The ROYGBIV Project: Orange

Welcome to the second installment of the ROYGBIV Project. This week, for those following along, our colour is Orange. One thing to note when shooting orange hues – it’s very easy for them to over-saturate and to lose all depth in your images.

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The ROYGBIV Project: Red

Summer is here and it’s a good time to launch a new photography project. Thirsty Thursday was fun, I sampled a lot of good beer and had fun building various DIY lighting setups and experimenting. With the ROYGBIV Project, I’ve decided to focus on a single lighting set-up and to concentrate on the technical side of shooting – logging and being aware of/in control of my camera’s settings.

What is the ROYGBIV Project?

Simply put, I’ll be shooting sample objects following the colours of the spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & Violet. I’ll also include Black, White, Grey & Brown. My intent is to shoot 2 objects for each colour: 1 natural & 1 manufactured. Most will be shot in studio with some location shoots as needed or found.

For each shoot I’ll include a brief description of my lighting choices, share some of the camera metadata and Lightroom process as well as offer some insights on the entire process and results as I progress. My intent is to keep the Photoshop to a minimum. For those who know me, that will be tough, I’ve been retouching in PS for close to twenty years – it’ll be a hard habit to break.

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Thirsty Thursday

Thursdays will no longer be Thirsty.


Okay, I’m sure they will, but I will no longer be posting my beer pics and reviews. It’s been fun, I’ve tried lots of great beers and I’ve learned a lot about my own DIY photo studio. It’s now time to shift gears.

My next photo based project is The ROYGBIV Project. I’ll still be shooting in my own DIY studio – with some new lights – I’m also concentrating on how I’m shooting and limiting my post work to Lightroom as much as possible. I’m sure I’ll still use Photoshop, but it will be my fall back, not my first choice. Each shoot will focus on a single colour from the spectrum represented by 2 objects, one natural the other manufactured. I’m also planning to include Black, White, Grey & Brown into the project. Each week I’ll post the 2 pictures plus some details of the studio set up, technical choices when setting the camera and thoughts on the compositions.

I hope you’ll continue to follow along with the new posts starting next week with Red.

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Comfort Food


The Beer

Wellington County Dark Ale from Wellington Brewery is anchored in traditional brewing processes, and for fans of dark ales that’s comfort food. Rick and dark like a good chocolate, it covers the palette in a welcome blanket of warm malt and toffee before it washes clean away, ready for the next sip.

The Process

The can was easy to shoot, its warm tones cover the entire can, eliminating the harsh reflections from exposed metal. A simple white point adjustment and some dust removal (love the Spot Healing Brush) and removal of the Best Before stamp and this can was ready togo.

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Before beer there was… Mead.


Oh my, this is good. Mead is one of the original fermented beverages and Trafalgar has put their own spin on it. Trafalgar’s Braggot Mead blends hops and malt with fermented honey, producing a mead that is amazing. Starting with a crisp aroma reminiscent of white wine, the first notes are hoppy like a beer and the traditional honey mead cleans the palate as it finishes. Did I mention this is good?

The Process

I wanted to show case the warm tones of the clay bottle so  I used a simple Black/White point adjustment Curve, applied an ‘S’ curve to the composite histogram to up the contrast. Some Dodging on the label to open the colours and a final curve to blow out the background.


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A House Favourite


Mill St. Tankhouse Ale is a go to beer in this house. Up front and quick, this ale has a full spicy taste with a tart finish that lingers pleasantly. Enjoyable when you want a beer with substance, this isn’t a rink fast kind of ale.



For the shoot set up, I’d created some new light boxes and was trying to use a back light behind a fabric drop. Overall the highlights are too harsh, but some repositioning should take care of that.

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The Beers of Summer, Part 4

Lime and mint and beer, oh my! I never thought I’d positively review anything to come from a mammoth American brewery like Anheuser-Busch, but Bud Light’s Lime Mojito is a great summer time drink. Surprisingly refreshing and very tasty. This flavoured light beer makes one feel positively genteel and refined while sipping this modern take on a classic during the long, hot days of summer.

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