Assignment 45 - An Incredible Sandwich
Being a low carb eater, bringing bread into the house is a dangerous thought (especially fresh Italian bread). This week's assignment was to provide the photography for a brochure for a small regional restaurant/catering chain's new sandwich line. These sandwiches are different…more of a work of art than your typical ham and cheese.
After considering creating a number of peanut butter sandwiches: PB&J, PB & Banana, Fluffer-Nutter, and PB with a chocolate drizzle being artfully arranged in the scene, I changed course completely and went the Italian route. I bought some roasted red peppers, mozzarella, artichokes, salami, shaved Romano cheese, tomatoes, and the ever tantalizing loaf of fresh Italian bread. One of these days I'll get back to the peanut butter idea...
I wanted simple lighting - one softbox in the back right corner simulating window light. I wanted the light to fall off on the left side of the image so the text would stand out. I used some white cards here and there to fill in the shadows as needed. My first attempt was simple: toasted bread, salami, and shaved Romano. I went the "open-faced" sandwich route - made it easier to see the ingredients because I had decided to shoot straight down on the scene. The initial attempt was a little dull, so I added some roasted red peppers and artichokes to bring in some color.
I then moved on to a tomato, basil and mozzarella combo. I added some garlic to the image, but it was still lacking a bit of punch, so I drizzled olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. I played with variations of this, including using a cutting board and also adding some tomatoes and basil to the area where the text would be, and ended up with this shot as my submitted image. I thought it looked the best in the layout provided with the text.
My personal favorite from the shoot included all my sandwich options, plus the loaf of bread and a knife. This was a bit tougher to get right, because reflective knives cause their own problems with lighting. Unfortunately, you couldn't really read the layout text over the bread, so I didn't use it for the assignment, but it may end up in the "Food" section of my website.
This week's behind the scenes is below.
Next week's assignment is to shoot a watch or a timepiece. Since my watch is many years old, I'm now looking for someone with a nicer watch to photograph...