P52 10/52 Pacific Red Snapper with Wine, Butter, Lemon Sauce

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P52 10 of 52  Pacific Red Snapper in Lemon, Butter, Wine Sauce

The recipe:
Serves 2

1/2 pound Filet of Pacific Red Snapper cut in half
4 heaping TBSpoons of Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 whole Lemon
2 TBSP Butter ( I use unsalted)
1/4 cup Chardonnay
2 TBSP Vegetable Oil

Preheat Oven to 270 degrees.
Put flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl and stir til mixed then dredge both halves of the Snapper in flour mixture on both sides.

Heat 2 TBSP of Vegetable Oil in sauté pan then add flour coated Snapper halves to heated pan with oil and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat then turn, and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Remove the Snapper from the pan and put in oven proof dish or pan and place in  preheated oven to continue cooking while you prepare the sauce.

Over low to medium heat add  the Wine to the sauté pan scrapping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by half. Once the wine has reduced by half add the butter, and juice from the lemon. I used the whole lemon but you may add less if you’d like less lemon flavor. Reduce wine, butter, lemon mixture by half again then remove from heat.  Remove the Snapper from the oven then plate the Snapper, and spoon sauce over the fish and garnish as you like.

I used Mini Bell Pepper curls as my garnish b/c the colors look nice with fish. To make the curls:
Cut off top and bottom off Bell Pepper. Then make one cut down the any side of the pepper and open it and press it as flat as you can then remove the seeds, membrane, and as much flesh as you can from the bell peppers, and discard or use the flesh in a salad. Next Julianne or chiffonier the skin into thin strips then place the strips in ice water for at least an hour to form curls.

I served the Snapper with baked potato, and a green salad with tomatoes, avocado, shaved Parmesan cheese, baked croutons, tossed with balsamic vinegar no oil!  The rest of the Chardonnay we drank over dinner.  🙂

Nikon Df| AF-D 105mm Micro lens| Hand-held| SB910 camera front @ 1/4pwr bounced off ceiling| Hoodman STEEL Ultra Speed Digital Film| Developed in CS6

More to come…

Product Photography

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As you may have noticed I’m working on improving my Product, Still-life, and Artificial Lighting photography skills. Developing this skill set has been quite the challenge.

Working with lights is a whole new animal to work with. You have to learn how create light. For me Landscapes are so much easier.

First there’s the composition to make…yes make! In nature I find them ready-made. It’s not always easy to set up more than one object so it is pleasing to the eye. All the rules of composition I learned in art classes are coming in handy when shooting still-life and product images.  FYI- I didn’t do well in any art class I ever took but,  the rules are proving themselves very valuable indeed with still-life photography! Then one must create the light that one sees in the mind’s eye. Let me tell you…it’s is easier seen in the mind than it is to create!

It took me months to get this composition just right:

Flute and Stargazer Lily 72 dpiI’m sure you’re thinking….what? Months? You’re kidding?  Yes months! It just isn’t something that comes to me naturally. I wish it did.

I’ve continued to push myself and create still-life images, and to use my Speedlight, and continuous lights.

Breakfast Still life

Woody Studies the SB600One of my recent images was a watch though not magazine worthy I’m happy with it:

"Madison" Rose Gold Watch by Michael KorsMy latest self-imposed challenge has been to photograph a wine bottle.

This has proved very hard to photograph. There are several problems to fix.

Here’s my first image of a wine bottle:

Apothic Red Wine Bottle ShotProblems with this image I need to fix: the hot spot which showed the light source: a Speedlight (SB910) with shoot through umbrella, (I cloned that out in this image), on the right side of the label there is light spill, the wine isn’t filled all the way up to the cork wrap, and it’s too close to the edge of the frame.

Those of you who are more knowledgeable with product photography may find other issues, but these are the issues that scream at me.

So, today I set up and re-took the shot. I moved my Speedlight with Shoot-Through Umbrella further away from the subject,  then placed a black flag near the bottle to block the light from spilling onto the label, and I moved the bottle back an inch or two. Here’s that image:

Apoctic Red 2nd better outcome_0564I still have a hot spot, the flag worked pretty well as did moving the bottle back an inch or two. It’s not the image I hoped to create so I’ll keep working it. Perhaps, the third time will be the charm and I nail it. I am getting closer and that is progress!

Settings Nikon D700| AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4@ f8| 1/160sec|ISO 320| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held

Strobist- SB910 @ 1/2 power camera right through a shoot through umbrella, white foam core reflector subject left, and black flag subject right.






“Parker” White and Rose Gold watch by Michael Kors

Via Flickr:
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This was bit challenging getting the white of the watch to separate from the background, and I had a hotspot from my Speedlight which I cloned out. I need to learn how to use flags to prevent Hotspots and unwanted reflections. I’ll be experimenting and practicing with flags as soon as I make/acquired some.

Nikon D700| AF 85mm f1.4 @ f4| 1/160sec| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held
Strobist, 1 SB910 @ 1/64th pwr camera left close to subject for Key-Rim light, triggered via Commander Mode
1 Eiko 4800K bulb in Shop Clamp light High camera right behind subject for background fill

Add a little Sparkle to your day…

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I had the whole day free so I played with my continuous lights and SB600 Speedlight. I bought a couple of pieces of jewelry recently  which started  me thinking about Jewelry Photography and lighting.  I am still trying to get more accomplished with external lights and photography and I hope this exercise will help me grow in that area.

After studying lighting techniques, and jewelry styling for a couple of days I got my props together and by  late this morning I was ready to start taking some photos.

Add a little Sparkle to your day

Sapphire and Diamond Pendant


Rose Gold Ear rings I still don’t have the lights quite right for the sparkle I want.  I’m looking into getting a Dazzle Bulb for the future.  I also need another high wattage bulb. I’d also like to add some plexiglass sheets to my kit as well;  I see a trip to the hardware store in my near future.

This is my tabletop set up. I set up on the kitchen table with a white sheet, white foam core board, and my lights. I had to hunt for something to tie dental floss on to be able to hang the jewelry and this is what I came up with. My daughters old high-school locker shelf. It came in handy after all these years of non-use.
I took the photo of the set up with a Nikon D300s and 24mm f2.8 AF-D and on-camera flash.

Camera and light set up for Jewelry ShootNikon D700| Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D, and Nikkor 28-105mm AF-D| Continuous lights 1 full Daylight camera right, 1 soft light bulb camera left, SB 600 camera front

I did all the photo development/processing in Photoshop CS6.  All my processing starts in Adobe Camera RAW then I moved to Photoshop for levels adjustments, output sharpening, cloning out the thread that held the ear-rings and necklace, cleaning up dust spots, and adding my watermark then resizing for the web.

P.S. Several times today I wished I had a macro lens!