Contemplating the Peanut [15/366]

Even the smallest of subjects holds a world of possibilities. While enjoying a bag of peanuts as my afternoon snack, it struck me how texturally pleasing the peanut shell is - nooks, crannies, valleys, ridges, crevices.

[caption id="attachment_4608" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar with #56 tube - f11 @60th 50iso"][/caption]Lighting this little guy was a bit tricky (here I was, thinking this was going to be easy).

Side lighting is a must for any texturally pleasing subject. But, even with small lights, it's easy to drown your subject, especially something so small. Setting up two strobes lit the sides beautifully, but wrapped around the front too much, erasing the peanut's features.

Then it struck me.  Backlight.

Backlighting a subject is another way to draw out it's textures.  However, you must wrap around the light just enough to draw out the textures.  This can be done with bounces, but again, with such a small subject, I would end up with too much of a good thing.

Simply placing the peanut on a light panel only silhouetted the peanut.  I needed something concave.

So, I used the cap to Gary Fong's Lightsphere. It's shaped like a bra cup (yup, a bra cup - don't ask me what size, I have no clue).  It's translucent and the curvature creates broad light.

I placed the peanut inside the cup and shot up from the bottom. This provided me with the white background and the sides of the cup created my side lights.