It’s a pleasure to have been a part of the DMBLGiT event and to have hosted it for the month of August 2012.
I want to thank each and every one who sent in their amazing entry and participated in the event. Each of the images were so wonderful and inspiring.
Thanks to all the super talented and wonderful judges – Meeta, Jenn, Rosa, Sukaina and Kankana – who helped review and grade the entries, amidst their busy schedules. Judges, your time, effort, feedback and cooperation is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, again! You are each truly awesome.
Photography is a constant learning process and this event has helped me learn quite a bit through observation from each of the entries and the feedback the judges have provided. Here are some of the tips they have provided, and I am sure this will be helpful and informative as much as it has been to me.
Be aware of all the elements in a photo, including those in the background – some things may help to set the scene and highlight the food, whereas others will serve to distract from the main subject. Consider the colors and shapes of the other elements present, and make sure each of them serves a point to help bring across your message in your photo.
Sukaina’s tip …
My tip for food photography would be to photograph one scene with varying F stops to see how that affect your photos. Photograph from different angles and keep taking a bite out of the food as you go along to create a casual natural scene. This will also allow the viewer to see the inside of the food.
Photography is all about lighting. It’s important that there is right about of light falling on your subject so that you have the correct exposure. Use a reflector, a diffuser and move away from auto mode. Follow you favorite photographer’s blog and website, study their photographs to get inspiration. Understand how they play with light and how they tell story with the set up! Above all practice a lot…a lot. Click one photo everyday! I started sharing some tips in my blog and you can read all about it n the links mentioned below: Understanding and Playing with Light and Understanding ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture
New to DMBLGiT? Read the announcement post from earlier this month.
Read here to meet the judges for this month’s event.
Check out the DMBLGiT-August 2012 Gallery to see all the submissions for DMBLGiT-August 2012
Now, for the winners
Part 1 – Overall Winners: The overall winners have the highest scores in all three categories combined.
Overall First Place
Blackberry Ice Cream with Amaretto
e-curry | Sony SLT A55V (50mm)
Sukaina says “ I love the composition, the beautiful purple really pops against the white background and I love the depth of focus. “
Overall Second Place
Basil Chicken Salad with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Avocado on a Whole Grain Bread
Beautiful Food: Cooking Melangery | CANON Mark 2, 50 mm
Jenn says “ The styling on this sandwich really makes you want to pick it up with your hands and eat it. And the dark color scheme shows off the richness of that bread and lets the contents of the sandwich shine.”
Overall Third Place
Crackers & Cheese
My Diverse Kitchen | Canon EOS 60D with 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
Part 2 – Edibility, Originality, and Aesthetics Category: Each picture was scored in three categories: edibility, originality, and aesthetics. The photo receiving the highest total score in each of those categories, excluding the three overall winners, is the specific category winner.
Winner Edibility Category:
Roasted strawberry ice cream
Uno de dos | Canon EOS 350d, 50 mm, f/3.0, 1/125, ISO 200
Winner Originality Category:
Strawberry Balsamic Ice-Cream
Berry Lovely | Nikon D200
Jenn says ” Nicely composed, and good balance of the ice cream with the fresh fruit.”
Winner Aesthetics Category:
Strawberry Ice Cream
Raquel Carmona Romero
Jenn says ” The DOF helps bring out the ice cream and the blue and white dishes provide a nice color contrast in order to highlight the ice cream.”
Host’s Award : Goes out to a photograph of the host’s choice that stood out but was not a winner in any of the categories.
Pane, burro e marmellata | Nikon D3000 – 50 mm
Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you Andrew of Spittoon Extra for the opportunity to be a part of this event and to host it.
For next month’s DMBLGiT visit LifeScoops.
‘Thank You!’ everyone who is currently participating in the event and has already sent their entries. You can find those awesome pictures at the DMBLGIT – August 2012 Gallery.
For those of you who wish to participate, the deadline is midnight ( your local time) Monday, August 20th. You can find more details here at – Announcing DMBLGiT August 2012.
Inspiration comes in many forms. I draw mine from some of the most beautiful and enchanting food photographs I have come across in the world of food blogging. Though, I am no where close to being even an ounce as good as these talented photographers, I have often wondered what their source of inspiration is.
These remarkable individuals are not only talented but also are gracious and generous in encouraging others by sharing their knowledge and insight into not just photography and food, but also through their writing that draws their readers, like myself, repeatedly to their respective blogs and enchants them ( the readers) with every post,each time.
I truly appreciate each of these gifted, brilliant and delightful bloggers, who create magic in the world of food and photography in their own special way, for being so kind in accepting my request as a judge for the event. I am very grateful for their time and willingness to be a part of this month’s DMBLGiT event, given their busy schedules.
A warm welcome to each of the wonderful ladies who will review the entries for DMBLGiT August 2012 and provide their feedback/ evaluations. Most may already know them, but if you are yet to explore their blogs, here’s a little about each of them in their own modest words.
A freelance food photographer, stylist and writer, Meeta K. Wolff has been living in Germany for the past 19 years, currently in the culturally rich city of Weimar.
Born in India, Meeta’s love for food photography stems from her obsession with food itself and she combines these two passions on her multi-faceted blog. What’s For Lunch, Honey? has been nominated for several awards, including finalist in the Weblog Awards 2010 and 2011 for Best European Weblog and can also be found on the Times Online’s Top 50 Food Blogs. Meeta currently works as a food photographer, stylist and writer in Europe. Her photography is represented by Wonderful Machine and has been featured and recognized in magazines and websites around the world. As a writer, her work has been published in the Foodies of the World, a guide to food blogs around the world published by the Slattery Media Group. She is also one of the four creators and instructors of the successful series From Plate to Page, an intensive hands-on food photography and writing workshop aimed primarily at food bloggers, writers and photographers.
Meeta’s perspective on food photography and styling is unconventional and she is not afraid to break certain rules to capture the perfect shot.
Her photography portfolio Meeta Khurana Wolff Photography offers an insight into her work.
My name is Rosa, the creator of Rosa’s Yummy Yums. I live in a small Geneva countryside village situated in the French speaking part of Switzerland – a few meters away from the French border. I’m an Anglo-Swiss food enthusiast who loves photography (in general), loud rock or electronic music, walks in the countryside, meeting interesting people, cats, books and independent films.
As you can imagine, I am very passionate about cooking/baking as well as picture taking (on an amateur level) and can spend hours surfing the net for inspiration, reading blogs, creating dishes, testing new recipes, shooting images or going through cookbooks and magazines.
I am crazy about flavorful and soul-uplifting grubs, spices and yummy textures, therefore. I’m particularly fond of British, Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South American, Middle Eastern delights as well as regional and traditional Swiss specialties. Furthermore, I only believe in preparing quality food with local and seasonal produce and hate anything too industrial; buying convenience or junk food would be a total heresy and a blasphemy! Thus, I am strongly convinced that the best tasting dishes are homemade, cooked with love and much caring, because those are the meals which we will remember our whole life long. One must respect food, himself/herself and the others in order to cook in a harmonious way….
When I’m not writing for my blog, you’ll also find me over at The Rambling Epicure, a daily international food chronicle and online newspaper to which I contribute as a freelance writer. Besides, you can admire my work at The Plaza Hotel in New York too as one of my black and white photos is hanging on the wall of The Plaza Food Hall (I’m so proud of that!).
Jenn Oliver, a Ph.D. scientist, is the writer and photographer behind the gluten free food blog, Jenn Cuisine. She uses her blog to share experiences and recipes of gluten free cooking as well as her passion for food and landscape photography. When she is not snapping away creating her photos, she is enjoying motherhood with her husband and newborn daughter.
Hi, I’m Sukaina, a freelance food writer and photographer. I blog at Sips and Spoonfuls which is my blank space on the web to unleash my creativity. My blog is a compilation of generations of recipes, tales of my family, my childhood as well as labours of my photography. It is filled with beautiful memories, beautiful meals and beautiful images. You will also see tidbits of my two beautiful children, Maryam and Hassan, and my husband, Akber. I am enamoured by travel, good food and photography.
I am a food enthusiast, a dreamer, a friend, a traveller and a blogger but above all, I am a girl married to the sweetest Man I ever met and currently enjoying life in Sunny California. The blog Sunshine and Smile started with the idea to share what I have been cooking for my friends and family which then eventually evolved as a learning platform for me. I believe that in this virtual world of food blogging, making food look splendid is important for one to drool and ask for more and that’s how my journey with camera started
I am thrilled and honored to announce that I am hosting DMBLGiT (Does My Blog Look Good In This) for the month of August!
I have been following the event for quite some time, I’ve participated in a few and now, I am super excited to host it and help continue its tradition. Conceived by Andrew of Spittoon Extra, DMBLGiT has been showcasing, since 2005, the talents and brilliance of food photographers and bloggers from all over the world. It is open to all bloggers who have posted a food related photograph and is hosted by a different blogger each month.
The rules to the contest are simple and straight forward, the primary being – Enter your photograph before the deadline which is Monday, August 20, 2012. An amazing group of talented judges (who will be revealed later this month), that have been kind and wonderful to accept my request to be on the panel, will review the submissions and choose the winners for several categories. Each of the winners will receive a beautiful badge to place on their site.
For those of you who are new to DMBLGiT, this event is like the “Olympics of Food Photography” that takes place each month at a different venue (blog) and if you are interested and would love to participate, here are the details on what you need to do to be a part of the event -
- Only one food/drink photograph may be entered per person.
- The photograph must have been taken by you.
- The photograph must NOT have any text or watermarks.
- The photograph must have been posted on your blog between July 1st through July 31st, 2012.
- The deadline to submit your entry is Monday, August 20, 2012 (your local time zone).
Review and scoring
The panel – that comprises of awesome, brilliant and super talented judges ( y’all will agree with me when I reveal their names later this month) for this event will review the photographs and score them based on the following three categories:
- Aesthetics: Composition, food styling, lighting, focus, etc.
- Edibility: “Does the photo make us want to dive in and eat the food?”
- Originality: The photograph that catches our attention and makes us want to say “wow!”, displaying something we might not have seen before.
Three overall winners with top scores in all three categories and One winner in each of the three individual categories will be chosen, making the count of winners to a total of Six.
Email your entry to sihi [at] wanderingladle [dot] com with subject as DMBLGiT and the following details:
- Your name
- Your blog’s name and URL
- Title of the photograph
- URL of the post containing the photograph
- Camera and lens used
- Your location ~ optional
- An attachment of a single qualifying food or drink photo in jpg format, of no more than 500 pixels in width. Photographs must be text/watermark free.
* Please note that by submitting a photo, entrants agree to their photo being re-displayed and altered in size on the host’s page, the DMBLGiT August 2012 gallery on Picasa and on the SpittoonExtra DMBLGiT page.
DMBLGiT August 2012 Gallery
All submitted entries will be posted to the DMBLGiT August 2012 Gallery. Entries will be updated to the gallery each day that they are received. Make sure you check out the gallery for all the beautiful entries.
Please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me, if you do not see your food photograph submitted to the event featuring in the gallery within 72 hours of submission.
Check out the gallery for last month’s entries and winners at Tika Hapsari Nilmada’s Cemplang Cemplung.
Interested to host a future event?
If you are interested to host DMBLGiT in the months to come, please contact Andrew with “DMBLGiT Host” as the subject line.
Should you have any questions about this month’s event, please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 1, 2012.
So get ready, mark your calendars for the deadline, send in your clicks and spread the word .
Reminder: The last day to send in your entries to the contest is Monday, August 20, 2012.
Looking forward to all the wonderful entries.
Good luck y’all!
Many thanks to Susan for the opportunity to host the event this week. This is my first at hosting it, and I completely enjoyed each picture as it came in. Its amazing to see something culinary look this great in monochrome.
For participants this week – Thank you for sending your clicks to the event. I truly appreciate it. Y’all rock!
Here’s the gallery , in the order received, starting with the earliest.
If you are interested to send in your clicks to the event next week and beyond, visit here to find out more.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way” you see them.
- Elliott Erwitt
Photography is relatively new to me, rather I am new to it. There’s so much to learn and explore that I cannot even keep a track of. Each day is a new learning – be it regarding color or plain simple black and white.
Monochrome pictures have always fascinated me, ever since I was a little girl. Though I was raised in the color photography age, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the black and white pictures. They magically transport me into a different era, throw in an unique perspective and help me appreciate photography as an art form.
When I came across Susan’s Black and White Wednesday event, I was thrilled to see someone throwing light on black and white pictures, in a world that’s all about clicks in color and color enhancements.
I contacted Susan on the possibility of hosting the event, and, she graciously added me to the host list. I was thrilled then to be on the host line up and now, to finally host it on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
In Susan’s words…
As usual, there are no restrictions. Your photo needn’t be of food, but anything of a culinary nature, from a stack of dishes to a restaurant storefront. You can also submit more than one photo per week, but do ensure that the photos are distinct from each other so that the gallery will represent as much diversity as possible.
So all you wonderful people with your camera out there, would love for you to send in your black and white culinary related picture(s) (500x 700 pixels) to the event. Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight (US Central Time) on Monday, June 4, 2012. Don’t miss out checking the guidelines below, before you send in the pictures.
Per the original guidelines provided by Susan…
Promptly send the host your NAME, BLOG NAME, and IMAGE (size to be determined by host*). Please mention the event and link to this announcement in your post. Should the event be guest hosted, please also add a link to that host’s blog. Use of the logo is optional.
The gallery will be posted by noon (US Central Time) on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
Looking forward to all your wonderful pictures.
Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.
- Margaret Bourke-White
Exif Info: 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 400, 55 mm
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