I made a picture for the cooking.SE blog:
If you look very hard, in the middle, below the vanilla bean tip, is a small spill of synthetic vanilla essence (which is almost colorless, not dark like real vanilla extract). What changes in lighting or shooting angle would have made the liquid clearly visible?
- The background has to be the white porcelain plate
- The other ingredients have to remain clearly visible and look nice from the new angle
- I don't want to work with colored light, as the real, yummy colors of the food are important here
- it is important for the blog post content that I don't "doctor" the vanilla essence to look different (e.g. color it dark).
I saw the related question How to shoot water spilled on the floor?, but I don't think its answers give me enough hints for my situation.