How I shot the floating cranberry photo

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on May 13, 2010

Many of you wrote to me asking how I shot this floating/suspended cranberry photo that appeared in this post.

Did I drop the cranberry into the bowl and shoot while it was falling?

Did I hold the cranberry up using a skewer or something similar and then photoshop the skewer?

Was this two photos that were merged together?

No, no, and no!

Its really very easy to do. No photoshopping, no fancy camera tricks. You just have to elevate the single cranberry from the rest, using a tooth pick. Take a look..

One tooth pick didn’t elevate the cranberry enough. So I taped two tooth picks together for extra height. Because of the short distance between the elevated cranberry and the rest of the bowl, I decided to use a macro lens.

A Macro lense, along with a wide aperture setting, will give the image a shallow depth of field. This means the background (in this case, the bowl full of cranberries) will be thrown out of focus. More background  blur means the more the floating cranberry will stand out.

The set up is simple..

I placed the bowl with cranberries on a white foam core board. I placed two ego lights on the foam core; one at 2 o’clock and one at about 10 o’clock. (It was a winter night, so I couldn’t make use of natural sunlight, which is my first choice for food photos).

Then I took the shot from top down so that the tooth pick was directly under the floating cranberry. It took a few tries before I could position myself so that the tooth pick was not visible under the cranberry. And voila, the money shot!   

EXIF info

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi

Lens: 60mm macro

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 100

Exposure mode: Manual

Lighting: 2 Ego lights

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1 My cooking experiments May 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

That was brilliant ! I would love tips on photography!Thx for sharing.

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Neel | Learn Food Photography Reply:

I agree with you totally. Absolutely brilliant tip.

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2 Olga @ MangoTomato May 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

omg way too cool!!!

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3 Claire May 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Nice. I had suspected that the bowl of cranberries was under a glass-topped coffee table and the floating berry was on top of the table. But your way is obviously a lot easier to light!

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4 Esi May 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

That’s an amazing shot! Thanks for the tips!

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5 Sonia May 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Good tips! You’ve explained nicely. :)

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6 lisa May 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Interesting! Nice tip. Thanks!

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7 Deeba May 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Thank you for sharing this so beautifully. I’m trying to explore food photography. and this is sensational. Need to begin using my macro lens. {Was this shot in auto or manual?}

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Thanks Deeba! This was shot in manual.

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8 tigerfish May 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm

What a good trick :D

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9 ButterYum May 13, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Wonderful idea!

:)
ButterYum

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10 Deeba May 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Thanks for the reply. You have become my photo guru. Have just got an EOS 50D, and a 100mm macro. Will follow you for advice, if you don’t mind that is …. =)

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11 Rosa May 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

A great tip! Wow that’s so cool!

Cheers,

Rosa

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12 Happy Cook May 14, 2010 at 4:05 am

Am on a blog break but when i saw this post i had to check it out. Really clever using tooth pick i would have never in a million year thought ot it :-)
Took your adivise aobut taking pic in Maunal and the pics are much more broghter now. Will mail you next week as i want to know something more about the lights :-)

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13 Maninas May 14, 2010 at 4:56 am

Clever! And fun!

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14 Cooking Foodie May 14, 2010 at 5:15 am

This is cool… thanks for sharing

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15 Margot May 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

Thank you for the tutorial, I love it. If I wouldn’t read it I would suspect some Photoshop trick :)

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16 Ritesh May 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

absolutely brilliant!! Thats why I keep coming back to your blog…you are a master.

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17 Janna M May 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

So cool! Thanks for sharing your technique. Very creative.

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18 Michelle May 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Very clever! But didn’t your mother tell you not to play with your food?! One day I’ll get myself a macro lens to get good shots like this…

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Good I never listened to my mother, huh?! ;)

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19 xiaoyen May 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm

That’s so cool! Thanks for sharing the tip! I thought you dropped the cranberry and someone else quickly did several quick snaps with a camera too.

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20 Deesha May 15, 2010 at 2:32 am

Thatz a neat trick Sala. I too was wondering, how yu did it. lookin fwd to more photogtraphy tips from you

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21 pigpigscorner May 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

Cool!

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22 Baker May 15, 2010 at 4:28 am

Wow . Brilliant

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23 Twinkle May 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

Amazing!

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24 Jen May 15, 2010 at 6:21 am

That’s so clever! Thanks for the inspiration!

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25 kalva May 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Wow, what a great idea.. First time here love your place here!!! Awesome pics and recipes!!

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26 RedChillies May 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

This is simply brilliant. Thanks for the tip and for the very useful information about lightining and the photo mode.

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27 jami May 16, 2010 at 1:14 am

neat!

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28 Cindy May 17, 2010 at 3:55 am

This is awesome, thanks for sharing, I learned something today!!

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29 nags May 19, 2010 at 3:50 am

brilliant as always :)

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30 Brian May 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

AHAHA! So funny… and a great trick! You’ll start seeing floating cranberry photos everywhere now.

:-)

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31 Neel | Learn Food Photography May 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Absolutely amazing trick. This is very cool. Agree with Brian, you’ve inspired all of us to shoot floating pictures. I am gonna have to try this one…

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32 Julie M. May 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

Thank you so much for the food photography tip. That shot is simply elegant! I found you through Rachel Cotterill’s blog and I’m now a follower. You have a great site.

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33 shweta May 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

i swear you are a genius with the camera! you inspire me! thank you for the tips

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34 Jitha July 8, 2010 at 5:50 am

genius wuld b an understatement !!!
just stumbled into ur blog .. amazingggggg pics i must say !!! :)

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35 Chetana July 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Dear Sala,
Stumbled upon ur beautiful blog.
Loved dis shot…very intelligent of u, will keep in mind. Thks for sharing.
Also liked ur all veg recipes…though m a strict non-vegtn but love to indulge in vege fare most of de time… de joys of eatin – in de freshest form.
Following u n will be bk for more clicks, ideas n recipes of course.
BTW a foodie n blogger fm down under.
N tat $75 salad…was hilarious….I remember once dining in a flashy restaurant…the name was fascinating and endless wit exotic ingredients….wit an exhobirant price tho…as we waited curiously, when it was served to us….it had tini wini portions not enuf to fill my jr also…lol
Cheers,
Chetana.

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36 Cristina August 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

Hi Sala: My first time visiting your lovely site!

Thanks so much for sharing this. I wouldn’t have thought it was propped on a toothpick. My first thought was a clear plexi-glass surface on top of the bowl, the cranberry resting on it. It’s genius! ;)

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37 jaden August 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

oh my goodness you are brilliant! love it.

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38 Manju August 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

This is just brilliant, Sala!

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39 Dhananjayan Sekar January 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Apart from your recipe tips.. You are a better Photographer… :)

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40 Indri March 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

Wow ! its amazing hehehe briliant idea…love your tips ,thank you so much ^^

still learn about cooking and food photography

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41 DSvT June 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

Brilliant Ideas of this…
Have to try it out someday…

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42 Anita J August 2, 2011 at 2:07 am

Just came across your blog. Fantastic……

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43 Radhika @ foodfor7stages August 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thanks for the brilliant tip Sala. I took a similar shot inspired from this post http://www.flickr.com/photos/63662373@N06/6067983607/

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44 amelia October 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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45 Caddie November 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

That is gorgeous! Excellent tip, thanks for sharing :)

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