Friday, July 8, 2011

Paris Food - From Plate to Pixel

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling
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A new photography book was released in May, 2011, just after the return from my last trip where I spent weeks eating and photographing food.  This book has prompted me to review my food photos with a critical eye, and see what could have been done to improve the photograph. Any thoughts?

I took this one with my iPhone, which takes nice photos.  Sometimes it is uncomfortable walking in to a restaurant with a huge camera, so I need to do the best that I can with a small camera.  I took a lot of photos at this restaurant, Ebury Wine Bar, in London.  So many that the waitress came to the table after a few days and asked me if I was an industrial spy.  "No" I told her, and explained that I just took food photos so that I could talk about what was good and bad.  I did take a second photo of this dessert, a closeup of the little sprigs, but it was blurry.

I often wonder about the angle.  Should a take it from the top view? Should I take it from the side?  What about "Staging"?  I had already taken a bite from the sandwich, and a little bit of the soup, when I remembered to snap a photo.  So, this looks like I was in the middle of eating it. I was!

I also took a side photo of the one ordered by my friend.  I didn't notice how weird the pepper looked until now.  I think that I need to pay attention to these details at the time.

I have this problem often with coffee drinks.  Do I get the full effect of the design on the latte, losing the cup? 

Or do I try to capture the cup too?

Sometimes the food looks too good and I dig in.  I'm lucky if I remember to put my food down after one bite and take a photo.  I already took a bite, and played in some of the chocolate sauce, before I remembered.

So, maybe you have some tips and suggestions that you can add. Feel free to use the comment sections.
A friend of mine is a photographer, and has taken wonderful photos for a tea shop.  They are on display in the windows.   Click here to see Nick's food photos.
I also found these other books at Amazon and they provide great ideas about photography, blogging, and more.
Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Blogs,)
For Food and Drink Photography (Lighting)
 Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots
A Guide to Tasteful Food Blogging

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Friday, July 1, 2011

Paris-Montmartre - The Art of the Stroll

It is worth the quick trip from the middle of Paris via the Metro to the area north called "Montmartre". There is so much to see, and such a wide variety of sights.

The street leading from the Metro station is filled with shops and cafes

The glowing whiteness of Sacre Coeur becons you to the top of the hill.

And once you reach the top, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Paris.

But wait, there's more!
A short walk takes you to the center of an open plaza filled with restaurants and artists.
A singer greets you with her vibrant song.
(Enjoy Arlette's singing on this post.) 

The cafes call to you as you see plate after plate carried to the patrons sitting under the canopies.

Now it is time to find the perfect painting to take home. How can you choose?
The flowers had such a vibrant color.

The landscapes, done in shades of a color, draw your eye from across the street.
Ohhh, and look at the store front paintings on the left.

So classy!

These paintings whisked you back into an earlier period and reminded me of sepia tone photos.

Spirited colors.

And here are some of my favorite photo topics: windows and doors.  With the beautiful flowers of spring.

After walking round and round, the perfect one finally calls to you and it is whisked off to your homeland.
As you head towards the Metro, you see charming shop signs.

Quaint old windmills.

And a very famous red windmill, The Moulin Rouge.

A wonderful afternoon spent perfecting the "art of the stroll".  Or is it better to say promenade?

France - 22 Accordion Favourites From ParisParis Montmartre: A Mecca of Modern Art 1860-1920