Capturing wise words from a Goldfish cracker

Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish crackers have become one of my favorite snacks, especially when riding on an airplane (which I’ve been doing a lot lately). When I purchased the mega-mondo package of Goldfish crackers, I noticed a quote on the side of the box from Brooke, one of the Goldfish – “Swim in your own direction.” This started my wheels a turnin’ and after what seems like weeks of trying to get to it, I was finally able to put crackers to posterboard.

Swim in your own direction
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 0″3 | f/5.0 | ISO 100 | RAW | LED Flashmate

After meticulously positioning each of the Goldfish on the blue posterboard, I used my Manfrotto tripod to position the camera above the setup. In manual mode, I picked off a few test shots to get the lighting and focus set, then shot a couple dozen photos with my LED Flashmate video light on various positions to see the affect it had on the shadows. I liked the photos that had a stronger shadow, as I felt it added more contrast to make the Goldfish pop.

I like the quote, because in photography, each photographer needs to swim in their own direction. That doesn’t mean they can’t learn from others, but they need to have their own look and style in their photos to make them really stand out from the crowd.

In life, the advice from this Goldfish cracker stands true. Don’t be afraid to be different. It’s what makes you… you!

And enjoy, “The snack that smiles back.”

~signed, Carltonaut

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