An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

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.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

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. Beautiful! I actually like your photo better than the one you were inspired by.

  3. 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 :/

    • 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. ;)

  4. That is so interesting to see. And, the photo is great. We have very little sun in the winter. Would you use some special lighting in that case?

  5. Fantastic job, Hannah! I love seeing your “behind the scenes” photography, too! :)

  6. Love that photo!! even better than the original :)

  7. Love this! I love seeing specs and behind the scenes.

  8. 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!

  9. Beautiful job! How do you keep the posterboard from creasing and such? Do you just buy several of them?

    • 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.

  10. I like your version better too – the texture in the bread you chose gives it more interest. I agree it’s great to see how you set up the shot. :)

  11. It would be very hard to take a bite out of that MONSTER sandwich!

    Love the shot though. It’s major awesome.

  12. I like your version better, too!

  13. very nice! love the shot! may I ask how do you get rid of the shadows of your subject in the white background?

    • 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!

  14. Gorgeous shot, Hannah! And can I say, I like yours better than the original? ;) (Your bread looks much tastier!)

  15. It is always delightful to look at your work, I have always been impressed with your eye for composition. Look forward to seeing more.

  16. WOW Hannah!
    This looks amazing, great job!! Very impressive. Keep posting from your class!

  17. Stunning photo Hannah! I think yours looks much better that the original one! Can’t wait to see what other assignments you share.
    Going to buy a slice bread just so I can try this!

  18. 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.

  19. …I just want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich now.

  20. Nice! Love how simple the set-up was for this image. :-)

  21. Please please PLEASE keep sharing your techniques and tips! Some of us really need them :)

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