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Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Caramel Apples.

Teamwork for a Studio Shot

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/200 s

Aperture: f/7.1

Exposure Setting: Manual (Spot Metering)

ISO: 320

Strobe Flash: Studio Lights

Lens Focal Length: 105 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

It's been awhile since I've done a studio assignment. Cathie, Laura and I tossed around some ideas the day before. The next day, I went outside and found some sticks in the parking lot to give it a fall feel.

I wanted the lighting to be somewhat dramatic but not overkill. Laura helped me tweak the lights and setup the other apples around the pile of sticks, which I think made for a nice background. She also came up with the idea of using a real stick for the apple and Frank Gray carved a hole into the apple so it would stay. Laura held the apple in different positions while I photographed. I think it was a great team effort to bring a little something extra and different to a food assignment.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist