JT’s 12 Days of Christmas Pouring Cocktails

Graphic overlay saying 12 Days Of Christmas-Day 9. Three in one picture of pouring carbonated water into a cocktails glass with a red liquid . Clouds of bubbles swirl in the glass. Pouring Cocktails

12 Days of Christmas, Day 9

We’re back on the booze in Whitchurch today at Docket No.33. I’d been wanting to get back to Docket No.33 for a while and we were due for a menu update shoot. My buddy Brian was also taking the new Canon EOS R through its paces for magazine articles around the same time. Seemed like a good reason to meet up and see how it faired with my food and restaurant photography. I did have a brief test drive of the EOS R back in October and these were my first impressions.

Three in one picture of pouring carbonated water into a cocktails glass with a red liquid . Clouds of bubbles swirl in the glass. Pouring Cocktails

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More

As I’ve said before, restaurant photography is so much more than food photography. The drinks accompanying the deliciousness of dinner are just as important. The gregarious showpieces are always the cocktails. Often flamboyant in their own right and visually enticing.

Chef and owner, Stuart Collins, was describing this particular cocktail to me. Immediately I pictured several shots showing the different stages of pouring the drink. Before we could capture the sequence the lighting had to be right. It took a little more playing around than I’d expected. With two lights, the larger softbox subtly lighting the back of the bar while a small softbox lighting the pouring cocktail.

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Sparkle and Fiz

I love to see light shining through liquids like this. It gives them such a sparkle. Then there’s the sparkling water being poured into the glass. This causes those wonderful swirling clouds in the bottom of the glass.

As I’ve said here before. I’m not always sure about pouring shots, but then sometimes it has to be.

See you back here tomorrow for more cocktail pouring action.

JT

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