still life idea on wine....any thoughts??

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  1. Dan's45

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    hey folks!
    anyone here shoot still life much? have got a picture in my head and would like to get on paper. do you plan out your shots and how much do you do it?
    what props are necessary and what are not? my theme thus so far is wine and a way of life. what is elegant and myserious? i plan on shooting this with my 4x5 in black in white and maybe in color to get an alternative view. i am planning on visiting some winieries around the immeidate area and trying a few. i have had wine before and my all time is 'port'...what a kicker. goes great with steak!!! but that could another thing altogether...hehehe! but seriously, i would appreciate any thoughts on this matter.
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    Curiously enough, there is a whole market for photographs and paintings of still lifes involving wine aimed at wine enthusiasts who not only buy fine wines and wine books, magazines, and paraphernalia, but travel to wineries. They seem to have expendible income, a sense of connoisseurship and admiration for craft. I'd read the glossy wine and food magazines and see what looks interesting.
     
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    Suggestion? Sure. How about a nice 1955 Woodhouse? :D

    My thought would be that you first need to decide what says "elegance" to you, and then decide how a fine wine enhances that experience. Add only those elements that contribute to the message you want to send, but making the scene realistic and convincing.
     
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    Adding to what David said, it's a tough subject because it's done so much and so well already. Your real challenge is to come up with something fresh that's all yours.
     
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    If your going to do a shot where they are pouring wine, you will never see the bottom of the bottle. That's the hint for the day.
     
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    It comes in bottles too?
     
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    Yep. You can tell the wine connisewers by the way the sniff the screw-on cap. :wink:
     
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    Ok, Ralph... I am married to a real, honest-to-Pete "Wine Snob"... and it's sad to say, but more & more wineries are switching to either artificial corks or screw tops (she shudders). Most of the really good wines coming from Australia & NZ have screw caps.

    And geez... I cannot believe a person from the state of Washington who is more into Port than the great wines that come from that region! :surprised: Shame on you! haha :wink: :D

    As for setting up your shot, do it! I think it's a good idea! (But for Pete's sake, use some good wine!) :wink:
     
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    I've noticed that some of the Australian wines are starting to come with plastic corks now as well.
     
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    Jeanette - actually I used to be a (second-generation native) Californian, but enjoy wines from a wide range of locations. Now, I look for wines that go well with peppers (either red or green, thanks). I do, however, mourn the eventual passing of real corks.
     
  11. David A. Goldfarb

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    Like the Trinitarians, wine photographers often temper red wine half with water to make the color more visible on film.