Another one that I posted to an old Instagram account that never made it to the website. This was also taken during my early HDR phase.
After dinner, last night Bhavna and I dropped in to pick up some spices from [Savory Spice Shop] on Spring Street. Bhavna and Shaan love using the spices from Savory. Bhavna compares it to going shoe shopping. You can never get enough. We chatted for a bit with owners Jon & Janet Hauge about kids, local restaurants and Trinidadian Scorpion Peppers -- Jon gave us one to take home and try out.
[Savory Spice Shop] on Spring Street: http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/new-jersey/princeton.html
Bhavna saw the Orange Habañero Marmalade on the shelf and pointed it out to me. We have fallen in love with a Jalapeño jelly we had while on vacation in Virginia Beach, Virginia last year. I bought a bottle of Big Bad Dad's hoping it would be as good as the one we had in Virginia. It was much better.
I woke up early as usual and while performing my morning coffee ritual I saw the bottle sitting on the kitchen table with the morning sun reflecting off the jar. I immediately knew what I wanted for breakfast. Marmalade and toast. And I knew I had a photo opportunity.
I grabbed my camera and tripod and a white kitchen towel and prepared the staging area while I toasted my bread and heated water for the French Press. I've read a lot of article on food photography. I'm learning how to light food but more importantly how to stage the food. There is a lot to learn but I know I can get better with practice. My light source was the sun coming through the kitchen window and I used my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 and Nikon D5100 on the Manfrotto tripod. I shot at f/4.5. You can see the equipment setup on Flickr.