This week’s photo of the week is from a story I recently photographed on gin — primarily the gins produced in Portland, Maine.
The newest member of the locally produced gin family is “Alchemy” made by Maine Craft Distilling. While photographing this story I was asked to photograph the founder of Maine Craft Distilling, Luke Davidson. When I got to the distillery I knew I had limited time. I wanted to place him in a location that told the story of local gin. When I saw the oak barrel I knew I had to put him in it. The next issue was where was I going to place him. When I saw the staircase that mimicked the shape and with the sign above, I knew this was the perfect spot. And then of course, a glass of gin, in the form of a martini was all that was needed to complete the portrait.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 70 – 200 f/2.8
Flash: Nikon SB-900 fired in remote setting with flash on camera firing the SB
Shutter speed: 1/160th
File type: RAW (NEF)
First I imported the files into Lightroom 4 and kept them as RAW / NEF files. I then created a virtual copy of the image and converted that one to B&W. I then adjusted highlights, shadows, blacks, and overall contrast. I then further adjusted using the color sliders set in Black and White mode. The final adjustment was vignette. I manually adjusted the settings to give the amount of vignetting that I wanted. in this images I had the following settings:
After I was done with the Lightroom work, I then exported, opened in Photoshop for some final level adjustments.
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