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Posts Tagged ‘Food Photography’

Dinner tonight!

Posted by Mike on May 9, 2009

Here’s a fantasy dinner for you…. fresh out of the camera from your nearby Italian Restaurant…

Out fictitious guest has selected Grazies, for a salad, shrimp, wine, and 3 desserts… since it was his birthday!

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When did you stop beating your embryos?

Posted by Mike on April 19, 2009

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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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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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Coffee and sugar… a fine mix

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2008

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Invasion of the Alien foodstuffs

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2008

Remember War of the Worlds? I think the radio show Orson Welles put on was the BEST! It’s scary but what a bunch of suckers people are to panic, eh?

Anyway, I am certain the inspiration for the tripod walking machines came from these guys:

tripod walkers or beets?A poster from the 2005 version of the story….

I suppose in some perverse way beets are good for you but I’ll never eat them, now….

war of the worlds poster 2005

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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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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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Absolut Springtime

Posted by Mike on May 26, 2008

Working with these guy’s products is a joy because they want to pay for creativity…. They have even had contests for photos with $10,000 prizes…. and maybe you get to drink what’s in the bottle too…

absolut springtime, now until labor day

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Food Photography… 35th St. Bistro, Seattle

Posted by Mike on May 16, 2008

Nice place, good food, what else do you need?

How about a meal of scallops and two desserts because you can’t decide?

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