112: Nuts

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see my post on Haiti.  It wasn’t much but I wanted to do something.  I appreciate your visits and for those who commented, your comments.  I hope all the thoughts, prayers, and good energy work some magic.

(Pistachio morning.)

Today, Scott at Views Infinitum posted a new photography assignment.  Food Photography!  I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this one.  Food!  Photography!  Two great things rolled into one assignment.

I love to cook.  Love it.  Almost as much as I love photography.  Not as much as I love M, though, so he has no worries where these other loves are concerned.  Cooking is fun.  Cooking is creative.  (Baking, on the other hand, not so much.  You gotta follow the rules in baking and I’m not that great at following the rules.)

(The beginnings of tonight’s dinner.)

My food photography needs work.  A year or two ago I spent a month focusing on food photography.  I was doing okay by the end, but I’d like to do better than okay.  I have been cooking up some great stuff lately.  I want to be able to share that with you in a way that makes you drool over the deliciousness and beauty of the food.  (I’m pretty sure nobody is drooling over the two food photos above.  Unless you are really hungry.  Then you might be drooling.)

I know that great lighting and a tripod are essential to food photography.  Since I don’t cook dinner when there is a goodly amount of natural light in my kitchen, I have to work on getting my manual settings right along with the lighting I use.  The pistachios, for instance, were sitting near the window this morning where they were nicely lit by the sun.  The butternut squash and apple mixture, on the other hand, were forced to pose under the kitchen lights.  This was one instance where tungsten finally worked for me.  While the food isn’t plated in an appealing way, at least the colors are right for a change.  The butternut squash looks orange.  The skin on the Granny Smith apples looks green.  And the skin on the Pink Lady apples looks red.  Good.  That’s how it should be.

Neither of the photos posted here today are the photo I want to submit for the assignment.  This post is about practice.  A starting point.  I’m hoping to show some improvement the next time I post a food photograph.

Today’s Outdoor Adventure

M and I went skiing this afternoon.  Since it was late in the day, we glided around the property rather than visit any of the nearby trails.  It’s 20 degrees, windy, and still snowing.  The interesting thing was the way we couldn’t see our skis.  The snow is powdery.  The skis sink right in the snow and we swished along with the skis underneath the powder.

I stayed out for about an hour.  My fingers are improving but still sensitive to the cold.  I did take a few photos before I locked into my skis.  I don’t like any of them so your snow for today is a video I took back in the woods on Saturday during one of the snow squalls.  Because I was in the woods, it doesn’t look nearly as blizzard-like as out in the open.

See you tomorrow with new snow adventures!

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20 Comments on “112: Nuts”

  1. I love to cook too! And hate baking! I do however like to eat baked goodies. Im excited to see the rest of your food photographs. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Well, don’t get too excited, Miss Morgan. So far, nothing has come out as well as the photo of the nuts. I’m going to keep trying. 🙂

      I like eating baked goodies, too. Yum. 😀

  2. Martina says:

    I liked the sounds of snow falling, thanks for sharing!

  3. Karma says:

    Saw plenty of that snowfall stuff today!
    I’m looking forward to better food photos too – Scott is on the job and says he’ll have hints and tips for us on Friday!

    • Robin says:

      Glad you finally got your snow, Karma. I told you I would send you some. 😉

      I can’t wait to read Scott’s hints and tips. I’m not failing miserably at food photography but I sure could use some help.

      • Actually, they will be somebody else’s tips. I am just a newbie as food photography goes. I’d be every happy with the photo of the nuts. I like the three colored oils(?) behind it to add color and mystery.

        • Robin says:

          Thank you, Scott. 🙂

          I think I tend to judge my own work rather harshly. I’ve seen some gorgeous food photos and feel like it would be almost impossible to measure up.

  4. Kala says:

    Love the image of the pistachio nuts – great light and composition & the photo looks good enough to eat.

  5. penpusherpen says:

    I didn’t have any breakfast this morning , so allow me a drool or two… 😉
    and wonderful photo’s, better than practice I would say…
    and more snow…brr…lovely… Hugging the heater as my fingers respond to the white stuff’s call!! Nah nah…we’ve had no snow for simply ages (bad grammar?) …seems that way anywho!!.. has been overcast and slightly damp…but bearable!!
    Got to go and have lunch, sorry ‘cos I ate all the pistachios…..apols…I left all the shells for you though..
    http://www.recyclethis.co.uk/20060424/how-can-i-reuse-or-recycle-pistachio-shells
    🙂 xPenx

  6. Robin says:

    Go ahead and drool, Pen. WordPress provides an automatic clean-up feature when it comes to things like that. lol!

    Thank you for the recycle link for the pistachio shells! I see they are useful in the fireplace. I decided to try that.

  7. Kathy says:

    If I get as good photographs as these two I will be HAPPY! ha ha…you are a Queen Food Photographer in my mind, anyway. Suddenly hankering for pistachios…Barry just said we could go to the Trading Post. We’re off!

  8. I posted something today you might find useful: Beginner Food Photography. Article written by someone you might be familiar with. 🙂

  9. Marianne says:

    Robin, the food looks yummy. These days for some reason, I seem to be constantly hungry. I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and meal preparation for one person seems like it takes forever. I try to keep my meals really simple however, I think I’m missing out on some really great tasting food that could otherwise prepare. Oh well, maybe I’ll work it out someday somehow.

    • Robin says:

      I get that way (constantly hungry) during the winter months, Marianne. Maybe it has something to do with wanting to hibernate as well. Or it’s another way of keeping warm (by putting on fat).

      I don’t cook much when I’m on my own. As you pointed out, it seems like it takes forever and I guess I don’t think it’s worth the trouble for just one person (me). Hmmm… that’s something to ponder.

  10. These photos maken me hungry!


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