So, what exactly is a “Beer Emergency?”
I was shooting images for my new page, Scott’s Beer Corner, when I was hit by a Beer Emergency. Simply put, whenever beer goes somewhere it’s not supposed to, it’s a Beer Emergency. This particular one was caused by a overly aggressive pour. The beer was “I Love You With My Stout” by Evil Twin, and I wanted a large head for the image. I guessed at 12% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) I could be extra-aggressive with the pour. What I was hoping for was this:
This is actually a different beer; “Breakfast Stout” by Founders. What happened with “I Love You With My Stout” was this:
BEER EMERGENCY! A big mess was clearly incipient, so on instinct I rapidly moved to, no, not grab a towel, but to my camera and capture the shot! I really like it, and felt it was worth a page of its own. I’ll post it to my Scott’s Beer Corner section sometime in the future.
As far as the set up goes for this image, I used an old light table with daylight bulbs as the background. This illuminates the beer, and I used my flash to help accentuate the head. I used a higher ISO to help the flash be a little more efficient. With using all daylight bulbs (which your flash uses), I changed my white balance to the daylight setting. Since this beer is a Russian Imperial Stout, you cannot see through it. A better example is Bell’s “Two Hearted” IPA (India Pale Ale) shown below:
So there you go.
We’ll see what happens with the Scott’s Beer Corner page. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
all images © Scott Woelm – October 2015