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.