2018-01-21 homemade apple strudel

... with vanilla cream sauce.

imho: a little bit tastier on black!
This looks both fabulous and delicious. Fav.
posted January 21st, 2018  
Really nice shot, captured very well and with great texture and composition. Fab
posted January 21st, 2018  
Looks yummy
posted January 21st, 2018  
love this lots and fav
posted January 21st, 2018  
excellent as always
posted January 21st, 2018  
Wonderful food photo!
posted January 21st, 2018  
Superb image :)
posted January 21st, 2018  
That looks amazing on black! Great camera technique and capture. It would have taken a lot of will power for me to get through this without half the pastry gone, it looks delicious.
posted January 21st, 2018  
Great photo and great object. This is one of those things I can eat and eat until there is nothing left...
posted January 21st, 2018  
A great food shot. Nice how you've captured the movement of the sieve and the powder sugar.
posted January 21st, 2018  
A signature image -- capturing the falling sugar makes this extraordinary. Great lighting!
posted January 21st, 2018  
I knew I knew it was you! The most wonderful picture
Can I give two favs?
posted January 21st, 2018  
Beautiful!
posted January 21st, 2018  
So beautiful. Do you mind my asking .... how do you get the black, black background in many of your photos? And do you use some time of select lighting to focus on what you want emphasized? And could you please offer an online class so I could take it? :) Big Fav!!
posted January 21st, 2018  
Just stunning! The lighting, composition, stop action, wow.
posted January 21st, 2018  
Such a magnificent still life - with a twist. Quite remarkable. Looks very tasty indeed.
posted January 21st, 2018  
Yummy. Yummy shot too
posted January 21st, 2018  
pretty cool.
posted January 21st, 2018  
Your food photos are really amazing.
posted January 21st, 2018  
making us hungry again, mona. it's just not kind ;) so beautiful. a million favs
posted January 21st, 2018  
Great image as always I love your use of light :) fav
posted January 21st, 2018  
This is an awesome capture
posted January 21st, 2018  
Fabulous the way you set this up - on black it is amazing. Fav
posted January 21st, 2018  
I like the inclusion of the hand holding the sugar
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Beautifully presented
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Fabulous!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great lighting and capture.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Wow looks delish
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great lighting! Looks delicious!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Fabulous lighting and layout! FAV!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Amazing composition and perspective. Love it!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Perfectly done, love the lighting.
Looks yummy too.
A fav.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Mmmm. In every way.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Marvelous! Do you have one light coming from below and one from above?
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I like the light on your composition
posted January 22nd, 2018  
wonderful composition and light
posted January 22nd, 2018  
@365karly1 Hi Karly, thanks for your comment and of course I do not mind your questions. I gladly try to explain how I achieve these kinds of shots.

1. online classes? What kind of classes are you interested. In baking, taking pictures or post-processing? ;-)
2. “my” black, black background? I have been asked this before. So I made a behind the scene explanation, you can find here http://365project.org/mona65/365/2017-07-10 and http://365project.org/mona65/2015-plan-b-alb/2016-08-30. As well as a very new one, for the added powdered sugar. https://365project.org/mona65/2015-plan-b-alb/2018-01-22
1. Using some time of select lighting to focus? I’m not sure if I understand this question correctly. This pic is a bit special, as I have this icing sugar flowing over the strudel. Normally I work in my food shots mostly with natural light and when needed with long exposure. Yesterday was a dark and gloomy day and I had no light from the window. So I had kind of 4 different light sources.
1. The natural light from the window on the right.
2. Some white light shining in from the kitchen.
3. Some warm soft light from a pendula lamp, we have over the eating table. I can pull this lamp down to about 35 cm over the subject.
4. And this is special: to stop motion I used an external flash, with a tube made of black cardboard, placed on the right of the subject to direct the flash light one on the falling sugar and not on the cake. Well it bounced a bit on the already lying sugar, so it is blown out there.
Tipp, as I can fire an external flash only when the internal camera flash is open, I cover this with a cloth. So there is no extra cold flash light from the camera.

Extras for this picture:
I shoot in complete manual mode and take extra care on:
White-balance. Very important, with those different light sources and as I like warm and golden tones and
Focus. I focus manually. Using for the composition the rule of thirds for one of the focus points.
Adding the sugar, I take care, that I have either the sieve or the falling sugar in one line, with the focus point.
And there is some post-processing with different layers involved.
I enhanced the movement on the sieve by post processing, though.
The sieve appeared in cold silvery light, due to the cold flash so I changed the tones on this part of the picture.
Dodging and burning on parts that are too dark or too light.
Please to not hesitate to contact me, if you need further explanations, if my English is not clear or if I can help in any way.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
@carolscho Thanks Carol.
4 different light sources in this case.
1. The natural light from the window on the right.
2. Some white light shining in from the kitchen.
3. Some warm soft light from a pendula lamp, we have over the eating table. I can pull this lamp down to about 35 cm over the subject.
4. And this is special: to stop motion I used an external flash, with a tube made of black cardboard, placed on the right of the subject to direct the flash light one on the falling sugar and not on the cake. I made an explanation and show the set up for todays shot, so xyou get an idea, if you are interested. https://365project.org/mona65/2015-plan-b-alb/2018-01-22
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Beautifully captured!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Beautiful as always Mona!
posted January 23rd, 2018  
Congratulations on this making the TT! It’s so gorgeous!
posted January 27th, 2018  
Congratulations on your well deserved Top Twenty finish!
posted January 31st, 2018  
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