Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Some of the better tea shots of late

MTR 2011 Three Stamp Shui Xian (1)

Gone but not forgotten (1)

Two of the better Shots I took when inspired to break out my camera recently.  Sadly the camera may hibernate until sunlight improves.  Such is living in an area that spends all winter cloudy.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lining up a teapot

99 Kunming Factory Red in Red (3)

I had fun taking this picture.  The first one I took I looked at and said, it would be cool to line up the spout and handle in a picture, and then set out to retake it.  I think the lighting worked wonderfully in this photo, combined with the wonderful texture of this yixing teapot.  For those that want to know this is holding an aged puerh tea. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A whisky label that really POPS!

Archives 1983 Dailuaine 28yo

In the indirect light this whisky label from a label produced by an acquaintance of mine really POP!  Must be the dim lighting, good focus and depth of field!  I am back to using my smaller camera lens and going with manual focus, it allows more creativity in the shots, though it takes more skill to get them perfect.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A horrible but good picture

EOT 80s Wang Zhi loose leaf in antique cup

This picture is bad on so many levels yet it somehow is nice.  First and foremost most of this picture is so blasted by sun that it is hard to see even the darker green designs on the towel.

The only real redeeming quality of this photo is that the bright light lit up the tea so much, that it made if incredibly easy to see all the detail on the interior of the cup even beneath the darker tea. ( I can tell you in person, that tea was not quite that translucent.)

I think in the end this is still an absolutely horrible picture, but it is one of those horrible pictures you do not mind looking at occasionally.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Focus, Focus Focus

Focus is key, and quite often zoom is needed to ensure you can focus properly.  Consider these next two photos:

Matcha Kotobuki (1)

Matcha Kotobuki Froth

In the first picture it is near impossible to focus on the detail of the matcha froth, while with a very zoomed in shot, it suddenly became not only possible but easy to ocus on all the little lovely bubbles!