Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies . . . [37/366]

. . . drizzled with milk chocolate sauce. Comfort food, indeed.

[caption id="attachment_4750" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar #16 tube - f8 @125th 100iso"][/caption]Worked with spectral highlights again with this one.

Spectral highlights are the direct reflection of the light source in your image.  You often see them in an actor's sunglasses, or in metal surfaces, or in shiny chocolate sauce dripping down a stack of brownies.  They are crucial for shaping and forming otherwise flat and uninteresting surfaces.

In the past I have used a mirror to bounce my strobe's light into the shadow areas of my subject.  This usually produces equally bright spectral highlights as the mirror doesn't absorb light before it reflects it.  I thought having bright highlights on both sides of the brownie would flatten out the image too much. So, this time I used a white bounce camera right, in place of the mirror, to tone down the spectral highlights in the sauce.  The white bounce absorbed a bit of light before reflecting it back, giving me more subdued highlights on the right side of the brownie.  The result being a more dimensional subject.