Friday, October 11, 2013

Personal Photo Challenge for October - Food

Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys has given us a real challenge this month with the topic of food.  Hosting the monthly 'Personal Photo Challenge', she has encouraged each of us to step beyond our comfort zone and experiment more with our cameras.
The Globe restaurant is my favourite for ambience and food presentation.  As you can see here, the salad accompanying my salmon and mashed potatoes is a riot of colour.  Those mashed potatoes off to the right were a big blob of white, no matter how I tried to alter this photo with my editing software. (iPhoto)  Out of frustration I cropped most of them out and like what I'm left with, that was easy!  Taken with my Canon point and shoot, (ELPH 320HS) the camera did most of the work for me.
A steaming pot of homemade cauliflower soup, made darker by the handful of red lentils thrown in.  I had hoped the steam would be visible, but it's not.  I added the spoon for visual interest.
Here I'm using my Canon EOS 40D on AV and after trying several shots, liked this one best with an ISO of 200 and f 5.6.
Now, to make the soup visually appealing in a bowl.  Again an ISO of 200 but f 6.3.  I tried a number of f stops and it basically came down to which photo had the right angle.  I was way back, up close and on top shooting down.  This angle is what I would imagine seeing in a magazine.
The only problem is something shiny on the side of the bowl and the darn light fixture reflected in the spoon.  The pros would spray paint the spoon but I was not going there!
The 'retouch tool' in my software allowed me to erase the shiny thing and colour over the light fixture.
I hope the bowl of hot homemade soup is appealing to everyone.
The food photo I like best because my eye and camera were on the same page for the angle.  This isn't a new photo as requested but one from a weekly virtual tea party after I'd picked blueberries.
ISO 100, f 5.6
I think getting the angle right is the hardest thing with photographing food.
Thank you Donna for hosting our Personal Photo Challenge each month, I hope you'll visit the other budding photographers; some are very good.

27 comments:

  1. Getting the shot set up is hard, isn't it?! I learned not to be content with one a shot or two, but to take a dozen or more with slight variations. And you learned about looking for the little things that detract, like the glare on the soup bowl and the spoon. It's amazing what you see later on, LOL. Glad you could easily clone those out, which is quite permissible! All pro shots are edited and little things here and there are touched up. So no worries - that's all part of photography! Even cropping the white potatoes was a good solution to that hot spot!

    I love the color and texture of the salad, so that was certainly a good choice. And the soup looks yummy! And I think the blueberry photo really shines because the angle is terrific and you have lovely props (china, napkin, flower). Great job! And I know you learned a lot, which is the whole point of these challenges!

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  2. This was a tough challenge for me. I had a better shot of my gumbo (soup with okra thrown in) but the spoon looked terrible. You did a great job with your soup...it looks very appetizing. But my favorite is the sweet tea cup, blueberries and that scone or biscuit. Oh my....I'll have what you're having! Sweet hugs!

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  3. The photography is getting fantastic Judith, great job. Have a great weekend.

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  4. You're so right about the angle. I took so many photos for this challenge! I really enjoyed reading about your edits and the various things you tried. The teacup and scone are such a lovely shot. Have a great weekend!

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  5. And Yet....You did a SUPER job on All the photos! I want some of that soup please And one of those hot biscuits!!!Hahaa....It ALL looks wonderful to me! Love your eye for color!
    hughugs

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  6. That salad looks so appetizing! I think I would like the potatoes, too...I kept looking for them. It was interesting to follow your thought process. The details are always interesting. the final photo is simply charming with the pops of blue.

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  7. These are beautiful, Judith! Especially the colors of the first one.

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  8. Very nice shots ! I am more of a nature photographer and yes playing around with ones settings can be tricky . I photograph in raw not JPEG so it is easier to play with in Light room or photo shop raw is like a negative. Most of the time I leave my ISO at 200 and switch my F stop and shutter speed depending on the light and of the subject ! I am doing more depth of field now with all of my lenses . I keep my camera on manual and my lenses on auto , I use Nikon D3100. I have learn't my photography from a little on line tutorials to a lot of trial and error lol ! Thanks for sharing and keep on being snap happy . Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend !

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  9. You did a great job Judith. Wow, I didn't do this one as I didn't have time but it would have been a challenge for sure. I really like the staging of the last photo. Nicely done!

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  10. Great job....I like them all but my favorite is the last one. Yummy blueberries...:)

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  11. You always do a great photo. I should take the time you do but I just snap away and if they are decent I'm happy. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  12. Great photos, Judith! I love the colors on the first and last photos as they just pop!

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  13. It's funny how things show up glaringly obvious when we look at photos we've taken. But somehow we don't see them when we snap the photos. The soup looks great, and you did a nice job with your photos.

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  14. Yummm! love the salad with its burst of color.
    Ruthi

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  15. Love the last shot with the biscuit and jam, too. It looks as if you can reach right in and take a bite!
    You're doing great!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  16. love the blueberry one! Great job!

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  17. You made me so hungry! Mmmm salmon, mashed potatoes... doesn't get any better than that!:D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  18. Hello, Judith!
    Lovely photos!The fresh salad with salmon and mashed potatoes must be delicious!
    All of the photos are beautiful,especially the last one is my favorite.
    The tea cup in the last photo looks oriental.
    Tomoko

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  19. Your photos are all so nice, but the blueberries and the salad are my favorite.
    It's all making me hungry!

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  20. I say, thank goodness for digital cameras as we can take oodles of photos and pick out the one that is best and delete the rest. Nice series of food photos.

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  21. I love all of the wonderful colours in the first photo and the soup looks delicious!

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  22. I struggle with getting good angles/perspectives on food shots, too. You've done a nice job, though! One tip for getting the steam to show: make sure there is a dark background and get on eye level with the food. That worked for my hot jars of pepper jelly cooling on the counter. I like the salad shot and the teacup shot best - the colors are so pretty!

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  23. Wonderful photos!! I ejoy my visit here more and more! The food looks scrumptious! Well done!

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  24. Great challenge..love the last shot.

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  25. Two of my favorites here captured so well and making me hungry and wanting to cook on this dreary Monday. Cauliflower soup, and I think I'll try adding the lentils for a change, sounds good, and the brilliant salad alongside always perfect salmon.

    Your pics are great Judith.......make me want to eat and cook!!!

    Happy week - Mary

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  26. Yes, indeed, that salad is a riot of color. Healthy too. Love your last photo too. Food is not an easy thing to photograph but you've done a nice job. Blogger wouldn't allow me to comment on your Thanksgiving post, wanted to tell you the grandchildren are adorable! Looks like you had fun, too. Hugs, Beth

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  27. Wow, the colors in your first photo are gorgeous, I love it!

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