Spilling the Beans

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Every so often I get an image in my head which is completely random and set me off to create the image. This time it was all about baked beans spilling from a can.  This was going to be a composite image put together later in photoshop.

Set up the scene with lighting provided by a softbox each side and a further light bounced off the white ceiling above.  First was to open the can and capture the can on its own, The camera was set on a tilt so I could judge the angle I was looking for.

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Next came a series of images of me attempting to keep the alignment of the can to the original above and spilling the beans out of the can. This proved quite easy and was done in one hit due the beans viscosity making them slow moving.

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Now it was the turn of Photoshop. using the new select and mask in photoshop made the jobs of slicing the various images up to what I wanted, firstly concentrating on the top of the can and matching the cut-out of the tumbling beans to the top of the can in the original image. The rest of the cut-outs and mask proved easy and soon was able to build the layers to make the finished image of spilling the beans.

Spilling the beans

Spilling the Beans

What I thought was going to be an image with much mess to clean up after proved, a quick project, and I got to eat the beans after.