Food in Raw

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Food photography has been much more interesting that I ever imagined it to be.  The condition, that predominantly, the subject is more or less stationary sort of conceals the underlying fact that there is, in fact, a lot of thoughtful planning  that goes into the conception ( and execution) of the final product – the food photograph .

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A visualization of the setting with the inclusion of the props, its relative arrangement, the photography angle, depth of focus (just to list out a few), I have realized and learnt, are things that are very essential for a decent photograph.  Note, I use the word ‘decent’ and not ‘good’.  The reason being I am yet to experience that ‘good’ shot or photograph from the many assignments I create ( and have created) for myself.  I hope to get to the point where I can sort my pictures into a bin titled ‘good’…..someday!

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 But for now, I continue to scribble on my scratch paper a figment of  what I anticipate the outcome would look and feel . I constantly struggle with the results – some that are better than my set goal or so I think, while the others  end up getting deleted after that first look.

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I have always wondered how many photographs a pro would take to get to that perfect shot.  I don’t know if I would ever get a clue or if even its a fair question to consider asking a pro.  However, there’s one thing I know for sure and that is – I am not even close to what a pro would consider a ‘bad day’ when the outcomes don’t turn out quite the way they would have expected it to.

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As an amateur without any professional training in the field of photography, I am on the constant look out of the opportunities that either come my way or rely on myself to create assignments.

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A recent photo opportunity that came my way, was when a friend ( who shares my enthusiasm for photography)  asked if I were game to visit a farmer’s market close by us with the focus being -  you guessed it right, photography.  I was thrilled.  Experimenting with food in raw has been on its own constant thought process in my little brain.  So, this was a prospect I could not refuse or resist.

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It was key that I do my homework.  I listed out the things and angles I could capture all the produce and produce related things. I also made a few additional mental notes, the day of, since the props, the settings, the positioning of the subject would all be available without my interference or input in a setting like this.   Truly, this was great, because it allowed me to give my undivided attention to the camera settings to get those decent shots I was hoping to capture.

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It was quite a goal for me to be able to capture food in its raw form.  Though I am not sure how an experienced photographer would rate my self -created assignment, I know I have taken a teeny – tiny baby step in the direction and have infinite miles to go before I get to have that little bin of mine titled ‘my- good pictures’.

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Someone once told me, its not just the camera, lens and settings but a large percentage of how the photography finally looks also depends a huge deal on post processing.  My skills are very  limited- not by the tool I use, but rather by my restricted familiarity with the myriad processing functions it offers.  This I would say, this time around, worked to my advantage, because I had to constantly remind myself each time to carefully plan the shot in order to create the same picture that registered in my brain.

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Overall, the experience was stimulating, interesting and has helped me gain confidence to venture out in the world of capturing food in its raw form.

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(This goes to Susan’s Black and White Wednesday – Week # 31 hosted by Siri)

I am hoping my learnings help improve my photography skills and help me have that little bin I have now spoken about thrice already in the post, sooner than I expect!

Until, then, truly trying to stay positive.

Cheers!

Sihi

14 Comments

  1. by Sonja on May 2, 2012  9:30 pm

    Great Pics and Lovely Articulation

  2. by Little B on May 4, 2012  1:41 pm

    You do not give yourself enough credit - REALLY! Your pictures are beautiful, and very well done....just like a pro, in fact better than some who call themselves a pro.

  3. by wanderingladle on May 4, 2012  3:17 pm

    Thank you, Joy. Truly appreciate your feedback. Thanks, as well, for stopping by my blog.

    Best,
    Sihi

  4. by Sublime Palate on May 9, 2012  6:13 pm

    Hi Sihi, I have recently discovered your blog and really enjoyed going through the photos and recipes.
    I have recently been awarded the Liebster Blog Award and as per the Rules, I had to pick top 5 blogs. Your blog is one of them. Please visit my blog to collect your award.
    http://sublimepalate.com/2012/05/10/liebster-blog-award/
    Look forward to hearing from you :)

  5. by wanderingladle on May 10, 2012  4:23 am

    Thank you so much, that is so awesome! Appreciate it.
    Best,
    Sihi

  6. by Spandana on May 10, 2012  6:55 am

    Very beautiful clicks.. loved all of them! You have a lovely space!

  7. by wanderingladle on May 10, 2012  12:09 pm

    Thank you, Spandana, for stopping by my blog and for the comment.

    Best,
    Sihi

  8. by junglefrog on May 12, 2012  9:15 pm

    You're really being too modest here Sihi. I really love your photos and you do have a real eye for composition and the right depth of field and lighting in an image. As a so-called professional I can tell you that it varies for me how many shots I need for that one 'perfect' shot (if there is such a thing) I've had situations where I took 3 shots and was done, but there have also been occassions where I wasn't happy even after taking 20 shots from various angles etc. I guess we all have good and bad days no matter what our experience! I love how you set yourself these tasks to get better and really... you're on the right track!

  9. by wanderingladle on May 13, 2012  1:20 pm

    Simone - Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Appreciate your encouragement and feedback. It truly means a lot coming from you. I love your blog and photography. I have been following the Donna Hay Challenge for quite some time, but haven't mustered the courage to attempt one. I am hoping I'll try the next one.

    Thanks so much, again.
    Best,
    Sihi

  10. by Nisha on June 21, 2012  9:10 pm

    Gosh. So pretty pics, Sihi!!!!!! Take some credit, now.
    I agree with above commenter that you're being way too modest. I love the strawberries in bucket most.

  11. by wanderingladle on June 23, 2012  3:07 am

    Thank you dear Nisha! Appreciate it! The strawberries in the bucket is one of my favorite as well.

    Best,
    Sihi

  12. by meghan on September 25, 2012  10:36 pm

    Sihi,
    OF course I'd LOVE for you to put our button on your website!!!! It will be such a vital resource for everyone when they are looking for gf goodies. THANK YOU!!!!! And thank you always for contributing to the link up. I love your site and learning about your food photography adventures. I'm having adventures of my own as well:). What a wonderful community.

    Thank you again, see you on Friday:)

  13. by wanderingladle on September 26, 2012  2:35 am

    Thank you, Meghan! I am so glad to be a part of the community. Thanks again for including me.

    Best,
    Sihi

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