Halloween Baking Ideas
First off, I did not make these wonderful cakes! My skills are strictly behind a camera.In an effort to keep my contributions to my online stock portfolio ticking over I decided to produce some seasonal and local content with some Halloween baking ideas. They were courtesy of my local Konditor, Tommy Digemose. He makes seasonal cakes at different times throughout the year marking different celebrations in the Danish calendar. I have photographed Tommy at work before and you can see that work here
The Halloween baking ideas were photographed at different times the white ghost cakes were photographed a couple of years ago, the pumpkin inspired cakes I photographed this Halloween and I tried to match the style.
The Ghost cakes cakes are made from a frangipan base dipped in chocolate then shaped with buttercream with a piece of marzipan draped over it, shaped and then decorated with more chocolate. Photography wise I wanted to create a darker scene. To achieve this with the cakes I laid them out onto a dark background and then highlighted them with an overhead gridded spot with a small amount of fill light to knock back some of the harsh spotlight effect. In Photoshop I did not do much, just a little bit of contrast adjustment and I added a dark vignette to emphasise the spotlight effect I had captured in-camera.
The Pumpkin cakes have the same base but obviously with a food dyed piece of marzipan placed on top. I tried to replicate the lighting on this set of pictures , difficult, as I don’t keep records of my lighting setups, tut tut, another New Years Resolution I must make then break almost instantly! I digress again, the lighting was different with a Broncolor Pulso head with a 80cm gridded Octabox on it with a white piece of card bouncing some light in from the right. In Photoshop just my usual adjustments for color and contrast, some blemish removal from the Pumpkins and a bit of reconstructive surgery on the leaves!
Overall I was pretty happy with my Halloween baking ideas and I have even sold a few!
Photographed with a Nikon D800 with a 105mm micro-nikkor at F3.2
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