Title: Tomato Soup

© John H. Siskin

Title: Tomato Soup

Jennifer Cuscino 1/15/2007 1:30:21 PM

Oh, great everything; lighting, composition! Love it. Love the out of focus background...not too blurry, but just right. Makes me hungry.

John H. Siskin 1/15/2007 10:11:46 PM

Thanks so much for your kind words. I am so pleased you like my work. I too really like the color of light in the background. Thanks for leaving your comment! John Siskin #3825059

Sherry McClead 9/6/2008 6:37:00 PM

Well done John... now I am hungry too.
A beautiful presentation... was it as good as it looks?
Sherrybear :} #6420994

John H. Siskin 9/6/2008 7:42:56 PM

Hi Sherry,
As with most food shots the stuff was inedible. The tomato soup was fresh from the can and cold. I really enjoyed lighting the shot. I used a warm gel over a strobe for the background. This lens had a pretty nice bokeh also, really nice soft feel to the background. I worked with a food stylist on this shot, it was very nice to have someone to collaborate with. Thanks, John Siskin #6421186

Laura E. Swan 9/8/2008 12:16:42 AM

Like a restaurant menu. So well done. We don't always know how you did something (until you explain it to us) but we always seem to like what you did!

Seems tons of BPers aren't happy unless an image POPS. This one does not. Can you tell me why you chose not to achieve this effect with the soup bowl? Was it to set the mood of fine dining?

-Laura Swan


John H. Siskin 9/8/2008 4:56:24 PM

Hi Laura,
I think that photography is a language. We can use it to communicate something very basic, for instance what a spark plug looks like, or something as important as a babies first steps. If we want we can have a non-fiction piece or use different tools and create a poetic image. Regardless if we use the same tools we will limit our vision. T wanted to get a shot with a more timeless feel, and I think that the intensity available with post processing techniques removes that feel. Some images feel more modern to me, just because they pop. Of course this could be an aspect of how and when I learned to see photographically. I am sure people who pick up there first camera now will think that intense sharpness and saturation are normal.
Thanks, John Siskin

Laura E. Swan 9/12/2008 6:05:04 PM

I, for one, like the mood of this image. I am glad you didn't make it pop! You created a definite feel. Great job. -Laura #6447614

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