Model Bio : This is a photograph of Richard a friend and retired IBM mainframe programmer. When he turned 60 a group of his friends bought him a baking course as he had expressed an interest. This new hobby has turned into a passion and he now produces “artisan” bread using natural ingredients and in a range of flavours to the delight of friends and family as the taste of freshly baked bread is truly one of life’s great delights.
Location : Cricklade, March 07th 2015
Equipment and settings : Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 L , ISO 400 at F16 and 1/50th of a second.
Photography and Post Processing : .We relocated a bread board with some flour to add detail to the garden as in common with all the other images it was taken in natural light. As it was a bright sunny day a shady spot was selected to remove any harsh shadows / blown highlights from the image.
Unlike other images in the series this one has a relatively deep depth of field, this was in order to ensure the crust of the bread was in focus from front to back this because the soft focus approach used on other images used here would have meant that the front of the bread would be in focus receding to soft focus and I didn’t want to lose any detail in the hands or if I had focussed on the hands would have had a large area (the loaf) in the centre of the image that was soft focus.
The image was cropped, converted to black and white in Photoshop, with the magenta channel boosted to improve contrast. Contrast and brightness were also adjusted to further emphasise and enhance the detail in the fingers. The images was then resized and a border added for use in this blog using the free FastStone image viewing software which has excellent batch processing tools.
Evaluation. Technically I am pleased with the result as the image works as planned with the focus maintained through out the image and an interesting composure. Overall I think this image works well as part of the series and I like details such as the flour covered fingers needed to achieve the desired outcome.