October 10, 2015 Beer Emergency

 

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:

Founders Breakfast Stout Glass 2Nikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at f/16 and a 1/10 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 95mm (APS-C).

This is actually a different beer; “Breakfast Stout” by Founders.  What happened with “I Love You With My Stout” was this:

I Love You With My Stout glassNikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at f/14 and a 1/60 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 400.  Focal length: 116mm (APS-C).

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:

 Bells Two Hearted GlassNikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at f/6.3 and a 1/160 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 125mm (APS-C).

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