Cheri Lucas of HQ WordPress wants us to grab our camera gear and go in search of a FLEETING moment in time that quickly enters our view forcing us to readjust the settings, reframe, refocus and click off a shot before the scene unfolding just goes POOF and rapidly disappears.
Along with travel writing and photography, I do like to dabble in the kitchen with my short-order cookin’ alter ego, Lazy Person (LP), and down in the virtual wine cellar.
In the galley, I have to work fast, with camera and spatula, to document each step, or FLEETING moment, of a recipe that I’ll eventually post. It isn’t easy keeping the steam off the lens as I zoom in close to capture what’s in the skillet, pan or pot.
Juggling ingredients and f-stops and chasing the light is a bit tricky. You don’t want to blow the shot, but you also don’t want to burn or overcook the star of the shoot: the food, wine or cocktail.
Food photography, when you’re both the framer and the cook, turns into an event — a live shoot — that constantly moves forward whether you’re ready or not. You’re always up against the clock, or, in my case, the cooking timer.
I’ll admit, not everything in the kitchen is helter-skelter. Some of my efforts are quasi “studio” shoots — using the kitchen countertop with overhead recessed lighting — as I stage certain ingredients in a recipe before or after I plate the dish and consume it.
Whether shooting or stirring, I enjoy both equally, and somehow these fleeting frames of food all come together in a blog-worthy post to share with you.
SMILE! and BUON APETITO!
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perfection – and yes, fleeting!
You do a marvelous job! Methinks I spy one of my favorites–prosciutto–in there. My mouth is watering. 🙂
Janet – That’s prosciutto-cotto down in the pot with the pasta and cream. Enjoy.
Great blog, you’ve found a new follower. I look forward to reading more about your adventures.
Hey Jennifer — Thanks for the compliment. Glad you’re now meandering along with the rest of my Cobblestone Community. Welcome back to Sardinia. I’ll be following your antics, too, from your base in Cannonau.
Wow! Love your take on this weeks theme! Your photos look delicioso!
Great interpretation. I smiled BIG throughout your slide show. I think I enjoy your photographs of food so much because it is something that I don’t enjoy photographing – but you do it so very well. Thanks for the day-brightener. I think you photography compliments my interests as well as an excellent wine can complement a well-prepared meal.
Thanks very much, Pat. I’ll continue cooking and capturing as long as you continue viewing. 🙂
Careful Tom, you’ve shown your house and now your food. There may soon be a line at your door LOL
We welcome appetites from all over the globe, and take MC and VISA, not Amex. BYOB if you like; uncorking fee is only 100 euro. 🙂