It was nice out today, so I decided to take my shoot outside. The lighting was preferable to that of my gloomy kitchen; besides, this way I wouldn't have to clean up any spills.
For my first few photos, I used black coffee. Honey and maple syrup stroopwafels (broken in quarters) were to be the agents of the great splash.
Unfortunately, I found that the black coffee shots didn't come out too well. The mug always managed to give off a glare of sorts; also, none of the splashes were quite dramatic enough.
This is the best black coffee shot I captured:
Black coffee, in Bodum Mug
While not the best cookie splash shot, there are elements I enjoy here. I like how the coffee reminds me of a crashing tidal wave. And I like how the droplets spill out onto the handle and into the foreground of the picture.
After my first few shots, I poured myself a new cup of java, this time with half-n-half. I also used a different cookie: shortbread rounds (kindly donated by my father). At first, I was concerned that the shortbread wouldn't hold up in the hot coffee. What if it disintegrated, and was rendered inedible? I didn't want to waste quality shortbread. However, my fears were assuaged after the first cookie splash. The shortbread didn't fall apart; in fact, it was quite tasty with the coffee.
Here are a few of my favorites from the coffee and cream shots:
The Sideways Splash
The Mini Splash
Little droplets, flying everywhere...
My dad says he sees a superhero emerging from the mug. His name is Coffee Man. Do you see him?
All in all, the cookie splash was an interesting and entertaining photographic subject. I'd love to try it again, and improve my shots next time. I'd like to thank LyddieGal for the idea of the cookie splash, and my dad, for his NBA-like cookie throwing skills.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!