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Gourmondo, The Art of Food

Posted by Mike on February 5, 2009

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Gourmondo is a Gourmet Catering Company in Seattle.

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Pre Thanksgiving food photos…

Posted by Mike on November 26, 2008

Turkey isn’t everything. Especially when you see this spread.

Today’s food shoot was a treat to look at….

Steak…. Halibut stuffed with Crab…. Salmon…

There was a shrimp dish too… but I ate it…. sorry…

The get this look I use one 20 inch wide hard dish light with a sock over it and one really big soft light for fill… Canon 5D with 100mm macro at f25, 1/125th, iso 50 or 100…

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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 22, 2008

Here is a fabulous award winning kitchen from Dawn Gogle at Hoppet Design….

Photographed at dusk with a 4×5 camera and a few lights to fill in for the gaps in ambient light.

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Pizza before and after…

Posted by Mike on November 14, 2008

Unfortunately there is this belief that just because a file is digital it’s ready to go right out of the camera… not true. Same is true from film scans… which is where this photo originates (21/4 film scanned to 65 megabytes).

Before:

before-pizzaAfter:

after-pizzaAnd by the way… This finished version was entered into two different photography judging competitions… It scored a very low score in one and first place in the other.

So don’t give up if the world doesn’t see it your way. Perhaps they weren’t even looking.

I made this with a 110mm macro lens on a 21/4 Bronica with Portra 160NC. f22 at 1/125th of a second. Two strobes and a foam core reflector helped out. One strobe was in a soft box strip about 14 inches by 30 inches and the other light was in a 16 inch dish painted white, with a sock over it.

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Food Photography, 2 approaches….

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

I kind of divide food photography into two kinds…. The current trend seems to be very small segment of sharp in focus with the rest of the image blurred off into never-never land. The other style is, alternately, “everything’s sharp”.

I do both…. but we need to talk before the session….

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Art, Michael Kline

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

I photographed Mr. Kline’s portfolio a while ago. He produces quite a variety of fascinating pieces both 2D and 3D.

This one struck me… I leaned the one piece over and he didn’t like that. He was “disturbed”.

Thus the title “Disturbance in the Fork”….¬† StarWars…get it?

3/4ths of what I do is driven by what pops into my head at any given moment. If I’m lucky I write it down for future work.

By the way, this was done with a Nikon 5700 point and shoot… It has a hot shoe so I could hook it up to real lighting equipment.

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Product Photography, ultimate image….

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

This photo was made with more than 25 exposures in 3 cameras on 4×5 film. The effect intended was to have this product depicted as a planet… with the product’s installation tools orbiting. Of course, the planet is lit from the inside to depict molten lava.

The print was 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall and it was impressive. The client made a lot of money, sold the company at a profit and retired. I, on the other hand, am still working. Perhaps, I should have done the photo for free only asking for a % ?

So what are these products?

nozzlesAnswer: They are nozzles you would use in a hot tub for air bubbles.

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Ocean Alexander…. only 74 feet

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

Here is a 12 shot panoramic interior of one of the nicest places you could ocean-alexanderbe out on the water…. Got a few million? then you’re all set….

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Toy Boat

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

The impressive 80 foot Ocean Alexander… at night.

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Fine Dining at Tulio, Seattle

Posted by Mike on June 7, 2008

What’s to explain? One of the best in Seattle. Their version of eggs benedict is fabulous!!!!

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