Smoke-stained Kitchen
  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

One of several smoke-stained kitchens in the the monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, one that can be described as the opposite of a modern kitchen, but certainly built to last. The light in this image dropped off very quickly from right to left and the result I was able to achieve in Capture One gives you an idea of the dynamic range of the sensor in the Sony A7RII. I underexposed the shot by one stop for two reasons – so as not to burn out the massive grinding / mixing pot on the far right; and to not let the ISO get too high. Since I needed a bit of depth of field and was having to handhold, I settled on an exposure of f5/80th. I was able to push the shadows and retrieve the highlights with a bit of simple masking in post using C1 and also played around a little with the tones by using the Color Balance tool to add some cyan and yellow tones to the lows and highs, respectively. Very pleased with the result, the fact that I was able to capture the character that has accumulated over the years of cooking in a smoke-filled room. All it needs is a couple of actual characters in traditional dress and you have yourself a period costume drama!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *