Pancake day came around this year and for the first time ever I found myself having to question what sort of pancakes to make. To cut a long story short, we made crepes and the fluffy, thick American style pancakes!
Pancake day inspired me to have a go at shooting a stack of pancakes. Unlike most of the food photography I've done so far, I was actually working in the day which meant for the first time ever, I could shoot using the lovely window light. We're pretty lucky in this flat as we have a HUGE bay window which fills our front room with light, which is perfect for food photography. The other great bit about the bay window is that each individual window has a seperate blind. This is perfect for photography purposes as I can modify how much light is coming through each window independently. For these shots I ended up closing the blind behind the camera to stop too much light coming in on the front of the pancakes.
For this shot I used my trusty Nikon D700 and my 105mm Macro. The camera was bolted down to a tripod so I could use a decent aperture (around f/10 on this one) without running into any issues with motion blur. The lighting was pretty simple. I had the table in the bay window and fiddled with the blinds until the light was soft and even across the frame. I added a silver reflector to the right of the pancakes to fill in the shadows on the right side slightly.
Once I had my exposure and focus locked down (everything set to manual, of course) I hooked up my Triggertrap Mobile Kit and set the camera to Mirror Lock Up. Mirror Lock Up moves the mirror out of the way before taking the exposure, this helps reduce any movement on the camera as the exposure is taken. To keep things even steadier, I used the Cable Release mode on Triggertrap Mobile to trigger the camera.
One of the things I found myself enjoying most about shooting with natural light is how easy it is to pick up another camera (or even a phone) and take shots from a different perspective.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with these shots! There's a few things I would like to have improved on. First of all, I would have liked to have tried using the maple syrup a little more inventively, however we wanted to save these pancakes for lunch so drowning them in too much syrup certainly wasn't an option. The other thing I would have liked to added to is the styling of the shot, I think perhaps a little icing sugar, or another texture such as some nice fabric could have helped liven things up slightly.