I love challenging myself and I don’t do it enough. It is a fault. I realise that. It is something I want to work on more as far as my photography is concerned, in both marketing it and in the execution of it.
So, to challenge myself this week – having decided I will do 1 photography challenge a week, I decided to use my very small portable studio for the first time in a year and shoot some fruit (and veg). I popped down to Granny Smiths in Taunton as I was passing, having gone there to pick up pomegranate (of which they had none) and came out with £30 worth of fruit and veg instead… all for the love of photography. As well as the usual fruit and veg I also bought an enormous box of chillies, which I have since managed to split into 5 carrier bags and spread the chilli love far and wide. I will make some chilli jam I think and maybe some pickle, or perhaps some sweet chilli dipping sauce. I will have to do it this weekend though as they won’t last forever and I am not good at doing the whole chilli platting drying thing! I dread to think how the flat will smell and whether we will actually be able to see afterwards, after all the fumes start leaking through the rooms! Sometimes I only have to put a bit of onion on the stove and we are crying our eyes out. I am happy to report though that so far I have managed not to get neither chilli nor lemon juice in my eye whilst shooting yesterday – long may that continue!
Anyway, I digress… once I got home I got my fruit and veg, spread it out on my trunk, my chest of drawers, the bed – anywhere there was room, and started a rather long and deeply fulfilling process of photographing it! The first shots I ever took with my Canon 400 EOS were of allotment goodies; beetroot, cabbages etc and although at the time I thought they were fabulous, I can tell you (3 years later), the journey I have been on these last 3 years has been fast and vast! I learnt such a great deal and my photography has improved 100%. It is incredible to see the difference.
So these were taking in September 2010 upon coming home with an allotment harvest. I remember using the on camera flash (you can see the glare on the cabbage and in the pot of beetroot). I was still shooting in jpeg and I don’t actually think I even post processed these images at all, maybe a little bit in picasa, but I seriously doubt it.
Since then I have learnt so much more about lighting, composition, and more importantly about myself. I love taking photographs, I love food and yet for a while I had forgotten about the latter and had not mixed the two. Doing this photos yesterday has reignited a love of food, a love of fruit and of veg, and I actually am really looking forward to going to the allotment tomorrow to start preparing for the months ahead. I have so much work to do down there, and very little time, but my session yesterday has spurred me on… and here are the results (some… quite a lot!)
So… shall we compare these to the ones I took yesterday? I think you will see an improvement! At least I hope you can!
Here you go – Food Photography Shoot – I love fruit and veg… 2013.
Aren’t they fab? So vibrant!!! I love them and just think they make veg look sexy! hhahaha! Love it! And thank goodness I can see an improvement! You know what… I made those! ;o)