When I first read about the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp collaborations I was mildly interested. It was a great concept that promotes more than just craft beer; it promotes out craft community. Once I started reading about the collaborations I was more than mildly interested, I was hooked. With names like Maillard's Odyssey and Myron's Walk I starting having ideas about images of beers in these epic scenes. Most of these never came to fruition but I attempted to get a few.
The collaboration that caught my eye the most was with New Glarus called There and Back. I am a Tolkien fan through and through so the idea of a beer having a Tolkien-esque theme (There and Back Again) meant I had to try it and attempt some neat #beertography while I was at it.
There and Back - New Glarus & Sierra Nevada I tried to come up with a hobbit scene that didn't distract from the beer but also gave the idea that it was time for an adventure. I had a few props that I wanted to use such as Bilbo's sword, Sting. I also wanted a traveling cloak so I settled with a wool throw that you see the sword rested on. The thing I'm currently realizing I should have included was a tobacco pipe.
Ambient light was getting low but that worked in my favor. I used two strip lights with grids to focus light only on the sword/cloak and then the bottle/beer.
I used a large white fill card to the right to give detail on the label and help the beer show its color. I used 1/125th shutter @ f8.0 w/ ISO 1250.
The humidity was horrid so there was no chance of getting condensation off of the bottle which bugs me in this picture. There & Beck Set Up Shot