Peanut Butter Jelly Time

ISO 100, f/7.1 @ 1/8 second

Canon Digital Rebel XTi
Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Shot with only window light on a very sunny day; no mirrors, no nothing.

Created as a homework assignment to replicate an image of your choice as closely as possible. The creator of that image asked to remain unnamed and have the link to the original removed.

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27 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Jelly Time

  1. I think that your version is definitely very close to the original one. So I understand that you are taking art-photography class :)

  2. I love when you show us your behind-the-scenes. So how do you keep all those posters clean? Or do you just keep buying new ones? I have one with whipped cream stains :/

    1. For the white poster papers, I buy them in big multi-packs so I toss can sheets when they get messy. The colored and patterned ones are more expensive though, so I A) try to be very, very careful not to get them dirty, and B) photoshop out the stains. ;)

  3. I think part of the reason your photo looks better than the one that inspired you is your bread choice. Your bread looks so much livelier (and tastier) than the one in the other photo. Fantastic job!

    1. The white ones in particular are very rigid, so they won’t crease unless you deliberately fold them. It’s all in the storage though; I keep mine flat in giant portfolios, which I clip closes with A-clamps to keep the papers all stable and straight-up, not crunched at the bottom.

    1. The lack of shadows is the result of a couple of elements:

      1) I wanted a fairly high-key image, so I metered for the darker parts of the white background.

      2) The light is very soft and diffused all over the subject. It’s primarily coming in from the right side (from the perspective of the photographer) but the white poster paper is also just thin enough to give off a bright glow from behind, since there are windows in a row behind the “set.” The stack of bread is far enough way from the back of the poster paper that there’s no cast behind it.

      3) I always further brighten my whites in post-processing, so if there was any shadow, it was cleaned up naturally when I tweaked the levels.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Really nice shot. Love seeing how others accomplish their food photography. I’d love to share what some of my processes are when I take photos. I may do that on my blog this year.

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