Hi everyone! My name is Krisnha. My pic “Milk & Cookies” was the lead photo on the December 13, 2015 Reader Photos Roundup. Eric asked me if i want to talked about the picture and a little bit about me for Photography Bay, and without hesitation I said yes.
Let me start a little bit about me. I am from Bali, Indonesia. I used to live in the US but recently I moved back to my country. Photography started as a hobby for me and it grew to a stress reliever, and now I’m a full-time photographer.
I like to experiment on things. I see new technique and I try to copy it with a twist. I see a poster of film I like, I try to emulate it at home. I like using artificial light and a heavy strobist believer (hahaha).
And now about that picture “Milk & Cookies.”
I joined a local strobist group, and every month they challenge the user to make a photo with certain rule, and that month’s the rule is only using one speed light.
For triggering the light, I use CLS (Nikon’s own light system to trigger the light using pop flash on the body or a speed light). Because of only i can use one speedlight, I use a styrofoam board to fill the light on the opposite side of a light source which is a single SB900 speedlight on a white umbrella at 1/16 power. The background is a piece of paper that I hung in back and I used a glass table top for a base to get that reflection. I put my camera on manual mode. Aperture is 2.8, shutter is 1/200 and my ISO is 100.
One thing about the milk, I know I’m gonna waste a lot of it to get the splash that I want, that is why I decided to use mixture of cornstarch and water with a little bit of milk to make the pseudo milk. I make a whole of jug of that (now you know the secret hahahah).
For the splash I threw a tiny rock inside the glass and, at first, I’m doing it all by myself. My left hand is throwing the rock and my right arm pressing the shutter. It was a multifunction work of a mess. Either i get my splash great but not capturing it right, or i capture it right and my splash is a meh (at this time i know i should use a remote release shutter but i can’t find it anywhere on my bag).
So I called in my assistant (my mom actually). I let her to threw the rock while I took the pic. In two shots I get what I want.
Too bad I only copy few of my pictures from that night and I can’t really show you my failed pictures.
And for the post processing, what I did is basically cleaning the image, mask some splash, make the milk POP more by desaturating it and post some highlight, change my background colour (because I think purple is way more interesting) and cropped the picture.