May 18, 2011

Food through a lense

A couple of months ago I did an 8 week photography course with my friend Sarah.  I had bought this amazing, specky DSLR but was unsure about how to use half the functions.  The course overall was really helpful – I learnt about how to use the manual setting (and more importantly why I couldn’t previously use the manual setting) about lighting, lenses, aperture, shutter speed and the list goes on.

Taking great food photos is really important in creating that ‘want’ feeling – you don’t buy a cookbook with bad food photos.  In some way, and stick with me here, cookbooks are like a Playboy magazine – to some.  Most of the time I buy them for the photos (cookbooks, not Playboy), not because I like collecting photos, but I like to look at them, admire them, drool a little.  That’s where the similarities stop.

It’s going to take time before I get all the right equipment to be able to take perfect photos – it is an expensive hobby after all.  But in the meantime I thought while I have this blog going and sharing my hobby of cooking and photography, I would share some random photos. 

I have put up a few from Europe and recently Melbourne, and now I would like to introduce Pinchy.  He was down in Fremantle markets, waiting to be purchased.  By the look on his face I think he was more scared than anything.  For one split second I felt sorry for him, then remembered how AMAZING he tastes.


The little guy below was in the tank next to him.  To me, he was like the evil cousin of Pinchy.

It's possible that I've gone a little mad in my feelings towards these two crustaceans.

A few weeks ago we went to a Chinese restaurant in Northbridge for my brothers girlfriends Birthday.  We asked a knowledgable friend to order for us, not really knowing what we would get.  20 minutes later the waiter brings out a massive, and I mean massive, crayfish to show what we will be soon eating.  Yep, he was a alive and kicking, and he looked exactly like Pinchy!



4 comments:

  1. Homer: [eating, crying] Oh, man, that's good. [sob] Pass the
    butter.
    Bart: Are you gonna eat that all by yourself?
    Homer: Uh-huh. Pinchy would've wanted it this way. My dear, sweet
    Pinchy. [takes a bite] No more pain where you are now, boy.
    [rips him in half and sucks out the meat inside]
    Oh, God, that's tasty! I wish Pinchy were here to enjoy
    this.
    [takes more bites] Oh, Pinchy ...

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  2. Hahaha yep, that's exactly what I was picturing! Brilliant, thanks Suz :) x

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  3. I completely agree about the cookbook porn thing... haha. No seriously, I love food photos so much - so much so that I actually won't cook anything from a cookbook without a photo.

    I have satisfied my cravings with a whole heap of food blogs, but also a subscription to delicious magazine. The photos, food and props are all fabulous and even if I don't eat it (I'm a veggo) I love looking at each and every picture.

    Good on you for doing a photography course! I watched an online one with Penny De Lo Santos last month and learned so much about food styling and realised that I always go for the super zoomed in shallow depth of field look, that really doesn't show food off very well.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your pics! xx

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  4. Oh thank you for introducing me to Penny De Los Santo! I've just spent half an hour going through her site.. amazing photos.

    I'm going to try and find that online course as well - I can use all the advice and tips out there. It's a challenge taking good food photos, especially at night.. I avoid it as much as I can but sometimes it's either a photo then and there at dinner or no photo at all.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment, I look forward to reading more of your blog too! :)

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