Comfort Food [5/366]

Well, from the homemade bread I posted yesterday, I made some grilled cheese 'sammies'. I worked a bit more with 'true light' today, as well.  I promise, for you shutter bugs out there, more to come on that.  Just perfecting my technique!  Needless to say, I'm loving the results and praising the virtues of white walls and ceilings!

But, nonetheless, I shot this image with three lights.  One to fill the scene (my true fill), one to scrape across the toasted bread and one to back light the cheese.  These types of shots make me very appreciative of grids and barn doors.  The need to control light is very essential!

Ok -- more on that later :)

For now, enjoy the creamy goodness of freshly melted cheese on homemade bread.  Soft in the middle, crispy on the outside and warm all over.

True comfort food.

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Here is the lighting diagram for this image:

I wanted to really bring out the details in the toasted bread by creating a slight sheen. This was done by scraping the front of the bread with some light. The barn doors proved handy for this!  Making minor adjustments was easy.

I blasted the rear of the sandwich with a strobe fitted with a grid. I wanted to overexpose a little bit of the cheese to keep the main focus on the main subject.

The rear strobe, bouncing off of a large portion of the wall filled in the shadows without adding too many spectral highlights. I wanted the image to be on the darker side, but not too dark or else the background would be black and the details of the bread lost. Keeping this strobe powered down kept the whole scene slightly underexposed while maintaining details and color as well as the warmth and richness of the scene.