I just joined the class and am so humbled to be here. And hello, Daniel!
My entrance here comes during a time of sheltering-in-place, which of course means restaurant dining is closed. I do have a few photos of when I did a story and covered Mirch Masala, a seriously delicious local Indian restaurant.
While at Mirch, pulling from natural lighting was quite a challenge. It only came from one direction of what is pretty much a rectangle room. I wanted to time my arrival before the lunch rush and to catch the food steaming hot as it came out of the kitchen. I asked Rittu, the owner, to turn off the lights so I could capture the food in as much natural light as possible.
Many times I wanted to drop the camera and start eating.
The Chicken Tikka Sizzler always catches the attention of patrons.
Delectable Malai Koftas in gravy. I lifted the serving spoon with my left hand and shot it with my right.
This is Kanta. Her mothering presence is Mirch Masala's dining refinement.
Angling the camera allowed me to capture female Buddha, a sitting statue of tranquil awareness amidst a bustling lunch hour.