Monday, 30 August 2010

Boule Bread

Today I bought a 'Boule' bread from Waitrose, I felt it was worthy of a photographic effort.

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Not my best attempt, but I shot it a bit late in the day, using what little natural light there was, along with the faint reflection of the indoor light coming from the living room.

I shall try again in the daytime, when there is more natural, this one has too much of a artificial light overcast on the right handside. Composition wise, I'm happy with the shot though, using my 50mm f1.8 to get a nice focusing effect.

I also bought some confectionaries, again, I tried using the fading natural light available from the outside window, which didn't go perfectly, same as above, I'll reshoot in bright daylight, earlier in the day.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Meatballs

Carrying on with my Food Photography project, today I made Meatballs, and decided to photograph some parts of the process. These were the two best shots, in my opinion. I do feel the 50mm f1.8 helps alot when shooting food photographs, the fully open aperture gives the images a very artistic feel to them, and gives plenty of room for some lovely composed shots, allowing in plenty of light for a lower ISO, as well as crystal clear sharp images.

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I've also found out that Heart Buchanan, a lovely quirky delicatessen on Byres Road does some cookery classes, that I am thinking of attending with my girlfriend, I'd also hope to photograph a session as well as cooking one.


(Above Photograph of the store by 'Carolannpeacock' on flickr)

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Shorpy - Historic Photograph Archive

Today, whilst searching for a 'Newsboy' hat to purchase, I found a rather interesting website named Shorpy. A blog style site, filled with a constant stream of updates including images from the past, mainly America late 19th Century up until the 1970's.

http://www.shorpy.com/

What I couldn't believe was the level of detail, cleanliness and overall sharpness of the images, especially the late 19th Century ones, usually you find that images from this period are not well looked after and aren't available online in such high resolution.

So if you are looking for a very detailed window into the past, look no further than Shorpy. I myself have two cameras that were used to take similar images, The Kodak Folding Brownie (I and II), I do plan to respool some 120 film for use with the Brownie (as noted here) to see what the early 20th Century camera's take on the modern world is.

My favourite find so far (below), click image for larger resolution.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Street Photography in Paris

Recently I came across an fantastically inspirational blog by Yanidel, a street photographer living in Paris. Armed with a Leica M9 (drool) he valiantly, but silently, embraces the Parisian community. His images simple and beautiful. The exposure, quality and lighting is something to behold, and his yet to be copied post processing is magical.

Have a look yourself;

http://blog.yanidel.com/

My favourite of his photographs:

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Glasgow, December 2009

I just thought I'd upload some images I took when I first moved to Glasgow last winter, which coincidentally happened to be the coldest winter on record for quite a while in Glasgow, which ment snow, and plenty of it!

I woke up early on a Sunday morning, and decided that with it being the first snow I'd seen since visiting the Alps a few years previous, that I'd make the most of it, and trek out, snapping away at will.

It was eerily quiet. Have you ever been out in the snow, where the dense thick clouds, and lack of people makes it seem as if you are walking anxiously through a set for a christmas version of 28 days later, expecting something to jump out at some point?

I've never seen Glasgow so quiet, especially the West End.

Here is hoping for more snow this December.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

A photo I took in 2009

This is a photograph I took in 2009, December I think.

I didn't post it at the time as I had no internet, I forgot about it actually. Just playing around with candle light, I thought it made a nice composition.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Reader

I thought I'd play around with some objects from around the flat and create a naturally lit image on the living room floor. I'm currently in the middle of reading 'The Reader', and I really liked the image on the front of the book, so I made an attempt to do a similar photograph (not an exact replica) with fake flowers and an open book.

I used a 50mm f1.8 lens, whilst standing on top of a footstall, with a book and some fake flowers set on top. I tried various positions until I felt the lighting, coming through the window, looked right.

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Homemade Pizza

Today I decided that I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Medieval Neapolitans and make a homemade pizza for a late lunch.

I pulled out 'Mommas Italian Cook Book' and whipped the ingredients out of the cupboards. My girlfriend had, in traditional blue peter fashion, pre-made some thin italian pizza bases from scratch a week ago for my birthday, so using one of these as a base, I heated up some chopped tomatoes with palenta, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and a little garlic.

This sat for half an hour to thicken up, and then was pasted onto the base. I thinly sliced some mozzarella cheese and randomly placed this on top to match the pre-assumed, aesthetically pleasing, template of what a pizza should look like, and then into the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes it went.

I was fairly pleased with the result, here are some practice food photography attempts, I personally prefer the first two shots, the shots of it cooked didn't work as well.





Friday, 6 August 2010

Photographie de Nourriture

Lately I have been reading cookery magazines and looking at the photography in them thinking 'I can do that'...so, I've decided that I am going to attempt to take pictures of a few dinners a week, with various lenses, angles and gradually (hopefully) have some lovely photographs much similar to those in the magazines/cook books/web sites.

A previous effort in March 2010 (Click Thumbnail for larger resolution)



Todays attempt (Click Thumbnail for larger resolution)



I like the lighting, soft, natural, which I was aiming for, but looking at it now, the angle is a little awkward, and the cloth underneath the plate could have been positioned better.

I have looked online for a few sites giving tips, whilst I am mainly extrapolating the skills from my degree course, it is good to read a little into how other photographers go about it.

http://digital-photography-school.com/food-photography-an-introduction

http://www.timhill.co.uk/

I am a fan of tightly cropped close ups with shallow depth of field, I feel this gives the food a very unique look, at an angle you wouldn't usually go out of your way to view the food at, making it look more appetising - in my opinion anyway.




After watching the film 'Julie and Julia' last night, (surprisingly finding myself enjoying the movie) I am every so slightly tempted to replicate Julie's Blog entries*, (a successful attempt to cook every recipe in her book). Whilst I won't go as far as to actually cook Julie Childs recipes every night for a year, I will photograph every meal I make, in the hope that eventually, the photographs will get better and I will have a nice photographic collection of a variety of meals, with the hope that a few are good enough for my portfolio/website.

On we march..


*http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/