For a day or two I toyed with the idea of sticking with my original concept. But after trying out a couple of different things I couldn't get it to work right and my model was less than cooperative :-)
So it got to Friday night, and I was sat engaging in the usual on-line banter with Mr lane, when I spotted something out the corner of my eye which led to this image. The Cake is ceramic so fits in the theme, and following some Britishisms on twitter it seemed only right to photograph it with a good old cup of "Rosy lee" (Tea) because after all, that's all us Brits drink ;-)
The setup was simple although it did pose some problems. I wanted to hit the items with soft light from my DIY softbox, but I also wanted to have a shallow depth of field to throw the background out of focus. Problem is, shooting with my aperture wide open to achieve this means the flash (even on its lowest setting) was far too bright.
This is a common problem for people using strobist techniques, and normally you put an ND filter on the camera to reduce the amount of light getting in, But I don't have one of those because they are pricey and I need my money for
But I do have some ND Gels that came in the free pack I got from Lee Filters, so I used one of these directly on the flash to reduce its lowest power to really low. Even though this wasn't my original concept I'm still pleased with how it came out. And FYI it's coffee in the cup not tea :-D And yes I drank it afterwards!
Check out what the other guys produced in the links below, as usual some awesome work produced by these wronguns ;-)