Those who know me well, know I'm not one to shy away from an alcoholic beverage. So when Dave and I discovered there was a traditional Korean booze (Ewhaju) that you could eat, well, we made damn sure to partake and report back to Groove magazine.
Initially the story was pitched to another magazine. Their photographic requirements included the buzz words "moody" and "minimal". If you've ever been to a Korean restaurant, you'll know that "minimal" is not exactly the first thing you think of when you see the table piled high with side dishes.
The lighting was very dark and definitely lent itself to "moody", however, lighting as also one of my biggest problem areas. I had to try several set ups using my speed-light, with a diffuser and a bounce card; a cellphone flashlight (with tape over the flash - awesome hack!), and light-box app; and a reflector. Combine all of this with the fact that Ewhaju is a prepackaged, yoghurty mess, and the end result was less than stellar.
The verdict on the taste? F**king disgusting. You can read a more in-depth verdict here.
A teacher and photographer previously based in S. Korea, being thrown into the world of photojournalism.