Submerged - J. K. Ribout Photography

July 25th, 2016

I've been wanting to experiment with fruit and liquid for a while now; ever since my "Splash" assignment during my studies at Niagara College in the Digital Photography program. (which was one of many challenging but awesome assignments I had to do during those 2 years.) 

My boyfriend, Alex, has a monthly subscription to National Geographic and they had their own rendition of fruit in water, but with bubbles and whatnot. I wondered how they were able to capture the bubbles on the fruit the way they did. Alex then mentioned soda water and I knew right away that I wanted to try this out for myself. 

But when you get down to it, it is a bit more difficult than you think to photograph this. The fruit, once submerged, literally dances in the water for a little while as the fizz and bubbles twists it all around; making it impossible to shoot clearly. Not to mention once they're settled, they float on the water and kind of swoosh around the top; again making it very difficult to shoot properly. 

But I went there prepared for battle (a photographic battle that is) and was able to capture some really cool shots.

For this particular setup, I improvised and pulled a MacGyver. The "tank" that held the soda water was a glass container/jar/vase that I bought especially for this shoot. I thought about getting a fish tank but then realized that I was planning on shooting small things like strawberries - then I thought about how much of a pain in the butt it would be to transport that thing. I will probably get a tank at some point - I want to try to do this with larger subjects, like a pineapple - but I'll be waiting a little bit.

To ensure that the piece of fruit would actually stay more or less upright and in the middle of the glass container, I used a sewing needle from my stitching set, and stuck it into the fruit. I then tied a piece of fishing line on a needle and then tied a key (I originally tried a ring - as you can see in the photo on the right - but that failed) on the other end. This helped make sure there was weight to hold it down.

As far as the light setup and background; I used my constant florescent light with a soft box and a black chair as my background - when you're limited, you work with what you've got.

This was really fun subject matter to shoot. And the bubbles just looked so perfect on the food - that was really the main effect I wanted to capture. The reflection at the top of the lime was a cool effect as well and gave me even more to work with and shoot.

The tomato barely fit into the glass container, so weighing it down wasn't even an issue. I love the way the bubbles latch on to every inch of the subject, I find that it looks so good. Especially in this shot with the green stem

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look into my new series called "Submerged".

Shout out to Studio 89 for providing me with space to do this shoot.

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