Food Photography + Still Life

This is the kitchen that is not a kitchen. It is where I’ve been shooting food photography lately. Convenient, because it is right upstairs where all the props are, where the different surfaces are, where the lighting is, and the portable vacuum cleaner (much needed after spilling spices, flinging flour, and sprinkling powdered sugar). I finally took the plunge and created a small studio space for shooting. This is one of the things that has been calling to me over the years and I kept setting it aside. But the ideas keep coming full circle, right back to me, so it is time to explore them.

There has been a camera in my hand for many years of travel, tasting, teaching, and living. I have always had an insatiable curiosity about trying new ideas. Over the years my photography style has evolved. I’m taking the time to slow down, to use manual focus, and really think about where I want to lead the viewer’s eye. I’ve also been pulling out the Lensbaby lenses. Recently I worked with Lensbaby on beta testing their new Macro Filter Kit. What great fun that was! Lensbaby lenses are in my kit because they feed my curiosity. This image of the Baby Turnips was taken with Lensbaby’s Edge50 which lets me select the area of focus while giving the rest of the image a nice creative blur. I am always looking for more original ways to present a subject.

The New Year is a great time to think about new things. Marie Otero and I will be kicking around our thoughts in an effort to bring some creative ideas “to the table”. You will hear more from us after winter relaxes its grip on everyone and there is a little more sunshine out there to warm things up.

As always, thank you for stopping by.



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