A photographic project for Wheadon's Gin on the beautiful island of guernsey.
Gin maker Luke Wheadon preparing a fresh batch of Wheadon’s gin. This image has been lit by two 120x30cm stripboxes with Ilux Summit flash heads placed either side of shot.
The idea behind this shot was to create a little landscape within the studio that mirrors the stunning coastline of Guernsey where Wheadon’s gin is located at The Bella Luce Hotel.\r\n\r\nI used a black perspex sheet as the base and used a fogging machine to give the fog which is something Guernsey has a lot of. I collected a few rocks from the beach and placed them behind the perspex base. The effect on the background giving the look of a cloudy sky was achieved by shooting through a crystal decanter with a snoot attached to the flash head from both sides.\r\n\r\nI used a projection snoot focused in to highlight the label.\r\n\r\n
‘Old Nick’ is the name of the Wheadon’s gin still, in homage to Luke Wheadon’s father Nick.\r\n\r\nLighting something this reflective can be very tricky, large diffusing material was clamped up in the correct position with the flash firing through to eliminate any dodgy reflections.
A four light set up was used here. A head with 7″ reflector is behind the roll of diffusion material acting as the background, this gives a nice gradient of light behind the bottle.\r\n\r\nA strip box either side of the bottle again through diffusion roll to soften the light and wrap around the sides of the bottle and glass. As you move the softboxes closer or further away from the bottle you will get differing results, it’s down to personal preference.\r\n\r\nProjection snoot highlighting the bottle.
These next two images are shot from directly above with the product on a bed of crushed ice. Four lights at low level with grids attached are just skimming the ice to get the sparkle, and a snoot hitting the label.