It’s been far too long since I put anything up about my Project 52 class.   A lot has happened including a fractured left leg that has stopped me from participating in much of anything.  I just realized that I never did get the assignment posted that required a sandwich shot.  So here goes:


This assignment took some doing.  I wanted to go to a restaurant and shoot it on location rather than shooting in my studio.  Of course, all of that entailed finding a place with an interesting sandwich, dragging my camera and some lighting but making sure that I wasn’t causing a distraction to customers or staff while I did it.  This restaurant in Highland Village, Texas, had a nice patio area, cool square plates and an interesting sandwich.  How I loved being able to research all of this on the internet first.   I would have had to eat at a bunch of places before I found the spot and a good sandwich that I wanted without it.

I was also lucky to be able to enjoy lunch with another photographer who graciously came along to hold my LED light for me as I shot.  There was natural light behind me but I wanted light coming in from camera left.  You can see that from the reflection on the red tomato and as it hits the left side of the plate edge.  The sandwich needed to jump off the page so I darkened the background and kept the main lighting focus on the sandwich itself with the light dropping off of the rest of the food.  There was a lot more light in the room that I allowed to show in this image.  Too many distractions would take away from the subject hence the narrow lighting and camera adjustments used to keep the background dark.   The light panel itself is small, lightweight and easy to transport.  I brought two but found that I didn’t need both to get what I wanted.


We had waiters and kitchen staff sneak out to watch but all were gracious and let me do my thing.  It was a great help to be in the patio area with few customers.  It also helped that it was mid afternoon instead of during the lunch rush.  All in all, it was a successful shoot.

Please don’t give up on me.  It will be several more weeks before I am able to get out and shoot again but rest assured that I’ll be back.  Until then, enjoy the hints of fall that I hope are right around the corner.

Author: Gloria McDonald

I am a Certified Professional Photographer. I am both a portrait and commercial photographic artist. Wild Mane Photography is my company which began in 2004. I love photographing women of all ages, black and white images, drama with a little glamour added and commercial product images..

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