The Un-Corked Sparkling Wine Shot(s)
I was working for a client that was using a fantastic photographer to do liquid splash shots of their product line, I was impressed and jealous. We were doing all their eCommerce and standard profile images against white, as well as most of their social media imaging. I needed to add fun to our studio jobs.
I did some research and came across Alex Koloskov and the Photigy site to learn how to do liquid splash freeze motion shots. I dived in full blast and in a few months started testing the new techniques I was learning at Photigy. I applied the new freeze motion techniques to some cool new shots for a footwear client of ours and they were hooked immediately! We started doing more and more liquid splash images for different clients of ours who weren’t aware we did that type of work. Suddenly we were doing liquid splash images for all our eComm clients from footwear companies to cosmetics to beverages!
We were then contracted to do a series of high-resolution images by a wine distributor client to be used in an ad campaign of billboards 50feet long.
The images were to be “eye-catching” and show the playful motion of uncorking their many sparkling wine products.
I will try and describe the gear I used for this shot, but I don’t like to talk about it much because I think creative vision and knowledge of lighting is more important than what gear you have or use. That having been said, over the years of doing this I have amassed some cool tools to get various jobs done efficiently. My favorte thing is when a particular piece of gear bought for one specific purpose, turns out very useful in a completely different usage.
For instance; to meet the extreme resolution demands of a billboard image that size I used our 80MP medium format digital back, a Leaf Credo-80.
We bought and normally only use this system for high resolution art reproduction work.
To further add punch I used my favorite medium format lens, a Schneider-Kreuznach 120mm Macro lens.
For lights I used a combination of PaulCBuff Einsteins and Broncolor Boxlight 40’s.
The Boxlight40’s were for lighting the bottle and label. They are my favorite product lighting lights and are absolutely even edge-2-edge illumination without any of the wrinkles or fabric details that a traditional softbox can impart.
The Einsteins were for the splashes, fill light and background glow. The Einsteins are 1/10th the cost of the broncolor’s, so we could afford to double them up everywhere we needed them for power and their T.1 speed at low power is simply unmatched for this type of work. So perfect for freeze motion work around and in front of the neck!.
I decided to do this by compositing two images:
1. A well lit shot of the bottle and its label;
2. A freeze-motion liquid splash shot of the wine product exiting the bottle neck and pushing the cork out on the wave.
We would shoot them separately and I would composite later into a unified whole uncorked shot.