A glass (actually several glasses) of beer with lunch, in a local pub which produces quite simple, tasty food.

I say beer, but actually its lager, and (to my shame) actually its Stella Artois.  OK, OK, I may be something of a beer snob, but the simple fact is that I like beers (and one or two lagers too) that have great mouthfuls of fine flavours and aftertastes – so that I am, or course, more or less married to the beers of Belgium.  OK, OK (again, again!), Stella Artois is Belgian too, and if its adequate (if a little strong) for washing down food with – cold soda water does just as well really –  it cannot compare at all with Belgium’s real, quality beers, which have an almost unimaginable variety of truly wonderful flavours.

My favourites?  Well, my staple is the pale Duvel, a Belgian classic, which at 8.5% alcohol is really not something you knock back in pints!  Not unless you yourself want to be on your back too of course.  And then there are the Dubbel and the Tripel produced by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.  I’m not a gourmet, I’m not sure I have a very sensitive palate, but I simply glory in these beers and many others.

Technique: anyway, we went for lunch in this pub and, as usually happens, there was a delay between ordering our food and receiving it.  And sitting there, sipping our drinks and chatting, there was time to look around at everything.  My wife had her back to the window and I was facing into the light, so that my glass of drink shone golden in front of me.  So out came the relatively small and unobtrusive G11 and, looking down into its wonderful, fully articulated screen, the golden chalice looked good.  But, unless I filled the frame with the drink, there might well arise problems with obtrusive things in the background which, even if not in focus, can completely ruin any image.  So it was a question of manoeuvring from side to side around the glass to find a simple and relatively unobtrusive backdrop – that either would not disrupt the picture as it was, or which could have its obtrusive features subdued by post-processing.  I ended up with a compromise between these two outcomes.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom; 10 Feb 2017.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

19 Responses to STILL LIFE 81 – GLASS OF BEER

  1. Great picture, I really like how lively the bubbles look. Have you tried any beers from Cloudwater Brew Co.? I wonder how one of their juicy and hazy IPAs would look like in a glass


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, glad you like the picture! I have others, but its a question of getting around to processing them. I often find that sitting around waiting for bar/restaurant food to appear is a fertile time for taking pictures.

      I’ve never tried any Cloudwater Brew Co. beers. I tend to stick with Belgian beers, most often Duvel, Westmalle and sometimes Rochefort.


  2. LensScaper says:

    I am so pleased to discover another photographer who photographs their beer! My wife and I were drinking Peroni out of their very attractive etched glasses outdoors in a beer garden three or four years ago and I took some images of the glasses ( ). I then looked up to discover that I was being closely observed by people from all the surrounding tables. I can imagine the thoughts that might have been going through their minds. Along the lines of: ‘he’s out with his carer for the afternoon’, or ‘weird man’. Etc. Never mind. We need to be thick-skinned sometimes as photographers. I’ve also been known to photograph the grain in restaurant tables too.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Haha! >>> well blow the people on the surrounding tables, let them gawp!!! 😀 I like the pics of your drinks but was not able to leave a comment – I often have the G11 with me at meals, especially informal ones, but I never know what might pop into view. Yes, the grain on restaurant tables, absolutely! Thanks for your thoughts, Andy – we think alike! Adrian 🙂


  3. Meanderer says:

    I like the striking verticals, and the bubbles!


  4. love the reflection in amber!


  5. Even at 6:52 a. m. This looks delish!


  6. paula graham says:

    Lovely colours to get you high!


  7. krikitarts says:

    Golden inspiration–I understand!


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