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"Cat-killing" pepper sauce

A sauce so hot it "kills" the cat that sniffs it.


This series of images demonstrates just how HOT Big Al's Hot Pepper sauce is -- hot enough to kill the cat that sniffs it. How was it done?
This series of images demonstrates just how HOT Big Al's Hot Pepper sauce is -- hot enough to kill the cat that sniffs it. How was it done?

A FUN SERIES THAT TELLS A STORY

This series of pictures was set up in a studio to show just how hot Big Al's Hot Pepper Sauce is - so hot that if a cat even sniffed it, the powerful sauce would appear to knock the cat out, even do him in. All in fun, of course.

WHO IS BIG AL, AND WHERE DO YOU GET HIS PEPPER SAUCE?

We thought we'd better deal with these questions up front, so you don't get the wrong idea. Big Al is a friend of ours at PhotographyTips.com. Every year, he makes a hot sauce in small batches from the peppers he grows in his garden. It's not a commercial product, by any means. His sauce seems to get hotter and hotter with every batch, so we thought we'd show him just how hot this batch was, and created a fun photo series to frame and give to him. (We also photographed his sauce in a "smokin' hot" close-up, which you can see here.)

HOW WAS IT DONE?

As everyone knows, a cat is a naturally-curious creature. If you place a cat on a table that has another object on it (like a jar of hot pepper sauce or just about anything else), you can expect the cat to saunter over and sniff the object, which is exactly what our cat did when we plonked him on the table. The resulting pictures are the first two in the series above, on the left.

Our cat didn't sniff the sauce right away. Sometimes, you have to wait for it to get the picture you want.
Our cat didn't sniff the sauce right away. Sometimes, you have to wait for it to get the picture you want.

HOW DID WE GET THE CAT TO "LEAP" BACKWARDS FROM THE TABLE TOP?

Simple, really. We had an assistant stand behind the table and quickly lift the cat. We made sure to capture an image without showing the assistant or his hands in it.

If you look closely, you can see our assistant's fingers lifting the cat from the table. This was a shot that we didn't include in our series.
If you look closely, you can see our assistant's fingers lifting the cat from the table. This was a shot that we didn't include in our series.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE LANDING - THE CAT'S COMING BACK DOWN?

Same process. Our assistant simply placed the cat gently back on the table top, and we took the picture so that the assistant was not visible.

The cat's
The cat's "landing" was done simply by replacing the cat on the table top.

We also made sure to completely open the jar's lid after the cat was placed back on the table so it would appear that the cat's "hard" landing was what caused it to flop down. You may think that most people would not notice such a tiny detail, yet it is just such small changes that add authenticity and credibility to your set-up photography. People do notice the little things, and appreciate it when they reinforce the story told by the pictures.

HOW DID YOU MAKE THE CAT LOOK "DEAD"?

We held the cat down on its back for a brief moment so that its head would not be seen. It took no more than a few seconds. The cat seemed to actually enjoy the attention and its participation in the series.

The cat didn't look
The cat didn't look "dead" with its head lifted, so our assistant gently pulled the cat's head back to produce the necessary effect.

A SERIES THAT YOU SET UP CAN TAKE A LOT OF SHOTS.

When you are shooting a series that you set up, especially one that involves the unpredictable behavior of a cat, you may take a lot of wasted exposures. But, that is sometimes necessary in order to get the pictures you want. If you are shooting digitally, you can simply erase the discards.

The "keepers" are the images that end up in the final series. The others are discards. Depending on the complexity of the set-up, you could have a lot more discards than keepers, but a successful series that tells the complete story is usually worth the effort.

This shot of our assistant, taken just after the cat decided to leave the studio set, is definitely not a keeper.
This shot of our assistant, taken just after the cat decided to leave the studio set, is definitely not a keeper.

 
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