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.

Fleeting Frames of Food 16.9 | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAlong 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.

Add the penne to the sauce | ©Tom Palladio ImagesJuggling 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.

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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.


©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images



Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via


    1. 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.


  1. 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.


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