Thursday, September 01, 2011

a fond farewell... to my camera!

Did you notice a difference in the photos in my last couple of posts? Well, you may not have, because I'm still learning my new camera. That's right, after 6 years I bought myself a fancy new camera! All of the photos you are used to seeing on Iron Stef were taken with my trusty, well-used, well-loved Sony DSC-H2. While this camera has served me well, the addition of an adorable niece warranted an upgrade to a Nikon D5100. But, boy, my old Sony sure did make some pretty pictures. To bid adieu to the H2, here are some of my favorite shots from throughout the years.

Beet Gnocchi. Pretty in pink! This shot was one of Serious Eats' photos of the week.

Curry potatoes in a Noodle Bean Nest. These Noodle beans were just too fun to pass up!

An OLD photo, from before I bothered to fix the white balance on my pics. But I still love it's composition. Asparagus Gruyere Tart.

Minty Pea Ravioli.

Baked Shrimp with Feta. Love the Contrast in this photo.

Caramelized Leeks and Morels Tart. Parchment paper makes a really lovely background.

One of my mostest favorite all-time recipes and photos. Sushi Ceviche.

These Shrimp tacos with Jicama Mango Slaw were so fun. I reflected that by making the photo extra colorful with one of my favorite bright blue plates and a red napkin.

Edamame Salad. Picnicy!

Smooshed Sandwich, pre-smoosh. Pesto is one of the prettiest substances on earth.

Edamummus in action.

Tater tot pizza. Distressed dark wood is another favorite background. Good for contrast.

Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes. Cute food. Shooting in the fading light of the evening can give photos a nice calm feel. But don't wait until it's too dark (as I ALMOST did with this one.)

Another good evening light shot. Kumquats. Fun to say, fun to look at, fun to eat!

Nonna's Molasses cookies, looking so warm and inviting. Is it Christmas yet?

Pig who cooks pig? Autosarcophagy! Fantastic Rib joint in Galesburg, IL.

Ooey Gooey Food Porn. Close-ups are where it's at! Brie, Chocolate & Basil Sandwich. SO GOOD.

Soups are hard to photograph. This Wonton one turned out so delicate and pretty.

Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus on polenta. Some of my favorite plates are textured.

Tuna Burger. See what I mean about close ups? I just want to run my tongue along those grill marks. Too much? ;)

Eggs in Pancetta cups with Hollandaise. I don't think I am tooting my own horn too much when I say I love love love this photo. I got really lucky with lighting. And eggs are one of the best, most prettiest subjects (see my logo).

God Speed, Old camera! You served me well (and I will still be using you for situations where a big fancy camera is not appropriate.)

If you are a food blogger or interested in food photography, you should go to my Friends' class at Kitchen Conservatory on October 15... a food photography class by one of my favorite food bloggers (Kelly from Barbaric Gulp) and one of my favorite photographers (Corey Woodruff. 2 of my favorite people. See you there?

Here are some posts on food photography that I've found helpful over the years:
Serious Eats guide to food photography
Food Photography Technique
Simply Recipes' tips on taking food pics
101 Cookbooks food photography tips


Every Little Thing said...

Lots of beautiful photos! I'm sure you'll take some amazing pics with the new camera. I think I'm going to take the class too!

Kitchen Riffs said...

The Eggs in Pancetta Cups is a terrific photo.

Congrat on the new camera - Nikon cameras have a great, intuitive interface, and from what I've read the 5100 is excellent. Next you'll have to discover the joys (and sometimes frustrations) of off-camera flash. Knowing how to create the light you visualize is tons of fun.