Food

Serenity Project - November 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of November 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

Since I purchased my first DSLR in 2007, I have been interested in food photography. I tried my hand on some images in 2012, but very quickly noticed that I was not good at it. Here is an image from 2012 (I thought I was the best food photographer in the world - giggle).

Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Holiday Brunch in Hannover, Germany - 2012

Couple of years ago, I started looking at food photography again; I just couldn’t let it go. I started small, with just some pastry from the store, cookies shipped from Germany. I looked at successful food photographers, purchased several books, and took a couple of online courses. At the beginning of 2018, I cleaned out a little corner in our laundry room, and started shooting food again. In August I took Michelle Turner’s CM Workshop - OCF so that I can use flash during the hot summer months and the long winter days in my “studio”. I still have a long way to go, however I have come a long way from my first attempts. Food photography is truly my zen place; I can take my time to arrange, re-arrange my scene. It makes my heart happy to photograph food at my own pace. Here are some examples from the past few months:

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/80 - f2.5 - ISO 320

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm 1.4  - f2.8 - ISO 320

Natural Light - Canon 50mm 1.4 - f2.8 - ISO 320

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/160 - f3.5 - ISO 400

Natural Light -  Canon 50mm  - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

Natural Light - Canon 50mm - SS 1/320 - f2.2 - ISO 400

And here is my favorite from last weekend:

OFC to the left -  Canon 50mm  1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from   Ginger Zing   in Mesa, Arizona

OFC to the left - Canon 50mm 1.4 - SS 1/125 - f7.1 - ISO 200 - Food from Ginger Zing in Mesa, Arizona

To see more contributors of this month's serenity circle, I invite you to visit my talented photography friend, Emily Hamson of Lavender Lime Photography to see what brought her serenity the month of November.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, find your serenity.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Lite Lunch

As the days are getting hotter, I always like to find things that are good, yet lite, for lunch. One of my favorite lunches (or even supper for that matter), is mozzarella with tomatoes, fresh basil, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, onions, and black pepper. And please don't forget a crusty baked roll (this one is a Bolillo roll, which is very common here in the Southwest).

Canon 50mm - SS 1/100 - f2.2 - ISO 200

Canon 50mm - SS 1/100 - f2.2 - ISO 200

I enjoy using my slate plate; after I photographed this light lunch, I was able to eat off that plate. What are your favorite light lunches? Please share, maybe I can find something new to try for the summer months.

Thank you for stopping by today - until next time, enjoy a light lunch.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Hummus & Wine

One of the first images I have taken with my dSLR's in 2007 was a food image. I have always been drawn to food photography. Till this day, it is one of my happy places, besides macro photography.

Wine is like sunlight held together by water.
— Galileo Galilei

I had a different image in mind at first today, but everything that I had tried didn't look good. So I sat thinking about what I could create with the things I had at home. Here are two of the images I really liked from this afternoon (and no, I didn't drink the wine at 4pm...I waited until dinner). Included in these images are:

  1. Town House Pita Crackers - Sea Salt
  2. Boar's Head White Bean Tuscan Hummus
  3. Belleruche Rose
Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

Canon 50mm (1.4) - SS 1/60 - ISO 640 - f3.5

It was fun to create these images for the Sunday Group Project. I also enjoy working with the Medium flat lay boards; I am looking forward to adding more over the next couple of months to my collection.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time - stay creative with the things you have at home.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - March 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of March 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

If you have been following my work, my little studio has become my place of serenity. Over the last three months I have created more images than ever at the beginning of any given year. Ask my hubby; I spend a lot of time in that space.

One thing that I love photographing (pretty much since I started digital photography) is food or food related items. I do still struggle with styling my food, but I am getting there. My hope is that I will be able to sign up for Anna Christine Larson's Illuminate class, to get some tips on how to style me food better.

At any rate, this month I wanted to share with you what I created a couple weeks ago. When I grew up, Sunday afternoons were down times with coffee and cake. I miss that greatly. So, I created some images with some mini cupcakes and photos of my mom and sister to remember these Sunday afternoons.

Canon 24-105mm Lens  - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0 - Flat Lay Board by  Medium

Canon 24-105mm Lens - SS 1/125 - ISO 640 - f4.0 - Flat Lay Board by Medium

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 640 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/100 - ISO 640 - f5.6

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Eileen Critchley, San Antonio Photographer, is sharing for the month of March 2018: Mustang Island.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and find a space you can call you own to create some images.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Dappled Light

This year I have been photographing like it goes out of fashion tomorrow. No, seriously, I have taken already over 700 images in first 7 weeks. The projects that I am involved in keep my going; they help me think to improve my photography on so many levels. Mostly I am photographing just for myself, just to see how far I can push myself.

One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.
— Annie Leibovitz

I follow several photographers closely; one of favorite ones is Nadeen Flynn. Her work inspires me so much, and I study all of her images. I am drawn to her work because of her incredible use of light and her still life styling. If you are not familiar with Nadeen's work, I encourage you to check out her website. She not only shares her work, but also shares some tutorials that have been very helpful to me.

So today as I was photographing for our Sunday Project, I thought about mostly light, but also adding some interest with dabbled light and textures in my background. Here is what I came up with:

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 400 - f5.6 - ISO 400

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 400 - f5.6 - ISO 400

The above image was taken for the Sunday Project Group - 52 Sundays - one Sunday at a time.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, play with some interesting light and textures.

Iris (TGTG)