I love beer, but I don’t always love beer photography. My own or other people’s. I got so fed up with the same few boring photos (again, even mine) that when Bill and Nicky finally convinced me almost a year ago I needed to have an Untappd account, I quickly made a rule that my photos would mostly not be of beer. It keeps me entertained to have a slightly surreal account, and I like to think it keeps my followers entertained.
However, that’s not going to cut it for blogging. A photo of a candle through a water glass is fine and fun for something quick like Untappd, but is actively not helpful for a blog post. And while I think most of my photos for the beer section of MetaCookbook are well-suited to the post they’re each in, I have to admit I took some extra steps for the most recent post, If I Ruled the Thanksgiving Beer Fridge, and I’m glad I did. But here’s what getting these three photos took.
The list started as a stepladder, $40, a camera, a beanbag, a bottle of beer, a champagne flute, and a can of beer. It increased to include a couple rolls of paper towels, some collapsible bags, a quart mason jar, a napkin, a kitchen towel, a backpack, a second lens, and a chilled injury pack.
Most of this was for transportation to the places I’d decided to shoot. The backpack, for example, carried everything but the stepladder.
Gotta keep the glassware safe. And I don’t currently own a stange, leaving me to the champagne flute. My father-in-law was dismayed at this.
The lunch beer’s got to stay cold, man.
The “pancake” lens Bill got me for my birthday last year. I love it, and it shoots so nicely. Especially for food and beer.
The “beanbag” was actually my MagBag 2 which I have used and abused since 2009 and I cannot sing the praises of highly enough. It’s a good way to stabilize a camera to turn anything into a “tripod”. Like, say, a stepladder.
But that’s not why I needed the stepladder. I needed the stepladder because I had to climb upward. Because I wanted the following shot:
I had to use a stepladder.
And so what sounded like “a heist movie waiting to happen” was actually a beer photo shoot.
And then lunch, with more photos taken. Because lunch is not only delicious, it is necessary.