The Art of Food Photography

Food blogs are booming! I’m guessing the photos of the food have something to do with it! Let’s face it, seeing something that looks scrumptious is going to make you stop and take notice.

So my daughter made another amazing creation that consisted of baked merengue, cherries, chocolate and whipped cream…assembled into a magnificent (gluten-free I might add) cake of towering proportions!

Layered and ready for it’s close-up, it was my turn…

huh? doesn't appear quite so towering here
huh? doesn’t appear quite so towering here
scale?
scale?
Regardless of the photos, it was delicious!  Guess it's a good thing this is a photo blog and not a food blog
Regardless of the photos, it was delicious! Guess it’s a good thing this is a photo blog and not a food blog

So what did I learn… that it’s an art to make food look as good as it tastes and 1) A must! Plan your set up beforehand. As I tried to find a place to photograph this creation, the cake was warming up and starting to look more like the leaning Tower of Pisa. 2) Lighting. Almost all the natural light I had was just about gone. I think I would have preferred a natural light for food… 3) don’t forget to take a shot of the serving. This cake was just as pretty inside as out…but I was to busy devouring my slice. . . yum!

I almost forgot… you can find the recipe on Top with Cinnamon’s blog http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2014/07/three-years.html

Still a slice in the fridge … time for desert!
Til next time,
Maria

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Identity Crisis

A question for my fellow bloggers.   Do you think the look of your blog is as essential as its content?  Should it reflect you as well as the content?  Oops, sorry that’s two questions.  In case you’re wondering, I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis lately — maybe you’ve noticed – I’m sporting a new look 😉

A little history:  My blog initially started out as a way for me to chronicle what I was doing in my photography classes, thus the “Photoblog” in the title.   Holy cow, it will be three years come next month that I started my blogging venture.   Well, since then, my “formal” schooling has been put on hold , but my enthusiasm for learning has been moving full-steam ahead.  It seems each year I have taken on a new challenge … always tied to the heart of it all … my photography.   This year’s concentration . . . my blog.   Even after three years, I still find blogging to be quite intimidating.   A self-confidence issue, I am sure.  So to help me find my confidence and my “voice” to accompany my photography as well as life’s little interruptions, I have signed on to Behind the Scenes with Kim & Xanthe.   I can’t wait!  I am sure I’ll learn all sorts of tidbits on how to add my own style (whatever that might be) and really make it my own …

One more question:  Do you think you have to actually pay to get what you want … with regard to a blog that is?   I do love FREE and so far that has worked for me … although it definitely comes with limitations.  Maybe I just need to change the hosting site.  I have seen so many creative blogs on Blogger … or maybe Tumblr.   Is it even worth changing?  So many questions.   Well, hopefully over the next few weeks/months as I find my confidence, my voice, and my style, I will also find some answers to all these questions.   And, of course, your thoughts and/or recommendations are always super appreciated!

Jump Start

Does anyone know a cure for writer’s block?   While we’re at it, how about photographer’s block?  I seem to be suffering from a little bit of both lately.

I’m going to take my cue from a movie I watched this afternoon (probably for about the fourth or fifth time and still love it) Julie and Julia, the story of a woman (Amy Adams) that starts a blog and self-challenge that revolves around the recipes of Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) recipes.  Please excuse my super short synopsis but I don’t think I could give it the kind of movie review it deserves (I’m just not that good a writer), so you’ll just have to watch it if you haven’t already.   Back to my blog . . .  I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some sort of self-challenge . . . a photo a day . . .  a weekly critique or review perhaps . . .  or maybe  a blog about nothing (why do I get the feeling that has already been done).

For me the hardest part is always just getting started . . . or in this case restarted.   I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count on the starts and restarts over the years . . . the exercise programs, the diets, hobbies (I have a whole case of beads that I never got around to stringing, yarn earmarked to be crochet into a blanket or something).  Even my blog has been started and restarted.  I think I might even still have a blog or two out there (One Red Poppy is one . . . I have no idea how I came up with that name or what blog site I started it on at this point) and I even restarted this one a few times with new themes, etc.

So today’s post is nothing more than a jump start for my blog’s dead battery.

I’m calling it a fond farewell to summer . . .

Did you know Labor Day was actually created to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers (thank you Wikipedia)?  But it somehow it has transformed to mark the end of summer.  But I’ve got good news for all you diehard summer lovers ~ you actually have 18 more days!  Summer is not officially over until September 21, 2012!   I had plenty of time to ponder this as I did actually go to work today.  Not that I minded really, it was a perfectly gray and rainy day to work on a holiday. . .

Give me a minute . . . I’m thinking

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

 ~ Wayne Gretzky

Won’t my husband, son, & daughter be so pleased I quoted a hockey player.  But, hey, when it fits . . . it just fits.

This quote came up when I did a search on overthinking.  Yup, I was so overthinking my overthinking that I googled it.  Seriously, this is something I have been doing way too much of lately and it has thrown me way off course.  And in some cases (like the quote says) I have completely missed the shot.  I have started and deleted three blog posts this week.  Why?  Because I’d start to over think them.  Wondering who was going to read them; what they would think; why would anybody want to read them, etc, etc.  I over thought my posts so much that I’d completely lose my train of thought and {delete}.  And then today, after reading a couple inspiring blog posts, I realized that first and foremost I created this blog for me and to share . . . whatever.   And if people stop by and decide to read it, great! And if not,  that’s okay too (but of course deep down I hope everyone does 😉 ).

. . . and so this is the shot I took today.