Updated Dec, 4th 2012
I've enjoyed taking this class but I've realized that setting up food photos is not my strength. For years I said I wasn't creative (I could never draw as a kid) but then I discovered nature photography. I love being outside and capturing the beauty all around us. I've found it very hard to 'set up' photo shoots. So for this assignment I went to a local farm and took photos. This is much more enjoyable (and a lot less frustrating) for me.
I did try the Candy Cane shot again, using Julia's advice to go to stockphoto.com to get ideas. I still don't like it, I like my other photos much better. It has been cloudy and foggy in Boston the last couple days so I had no natural light.
And I just had to include a photo of my dog since Julia introduced us to her dog in her video. There is RED in the photo!
Thank you Julia, this has been fun.
I just took tons of photos, watched Julia's vide, took a bunch more and just wasn't happy with my shots. I logged on and saw some beautiful shots from other students, now I'm inspired!
But I figured I'd still post these and then we can see how much I improve by next week (I hope!). I found the subject I chose very hard, candy canes. Just not interesting enough but I thought 'What if I HAD to get a good shot of Candy canes,' so I kept trying. I knew it wasn't going well when I found that changing aperature, shutter speed or ISO made no difference since it was a boring subject....
I was out to eat at a fabulous new find, Gran Gusto, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Gran Gusto is like being back in Italy; very friendly staff, willing to go off the menu and cook what you desire, no feeling of being rushed. When my plate arrived I saw the red and although I hadn't seen the class video yet, I knew I needed to photograph it.
I used my iphone because I hadn't thought to bring my camera along.
And then I got my favorite shot -
I liked this photo because it not only showed the plate of food, it shows the fork, olive oil and bread basket, all things that add to a great Italian meal!