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This took several hours to shoot as I took a complex approach that would suit a team of people more than an individual. In preparation I made very thick pancake mixture and also a ring of card to make all the pancakes thick at the edges (rather than the slope you typically get) and also of a similar size. I also placed golden syrup in the freezer to raise it's viscosity so it moved slower than normal giving me more time in each shutter release.
After making the pancakes i organise them on a side plate and started placing the items on the table with the camera at 200mm to get the shallow DoF and to bring the mug closer to the pancakes than it actually is; which is about 6 inches away. I raised the pancakes - as they are titled forward slightly to see the top of them and not just the side - by placing part of my wallet under the plate (that is also on top of a book to raise it so the top of the pancakes wasn't in line with the mug). I next started placing lighting by first turning on my living room lights, then a desk lamp behind the items to backlight them, a floor lamp to light the side of them and finally in each shot I took i walked behind the table and fired off my flashgun to attempt a lens flare and to imitate the sun.
Once I was happy with the position and lights i poured boiling water into the mug and poured the cold golden syrup over the pancakes - some on the plate and then a lot on the top of the pancakes to drizzle down the side.
I took 55 shots in total trying different flash strengths and to get a flare and syrup movement that I liked.