Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My Top 10 Photo Picks

I am terrible at meme’s.

I get tagged and then the information goes into some meme-sucking black hole in my head, never to be heard of again. So although I do enjoy reading them (many times a neat way to learn new things about you all), I rarely take part or pass them along. For this I owe a heartfelt apology to anyone who has ever tagged me! I’m sorry...my internal hard drive doesn’t seem to work the way it used to!

On occasion though, something survives the meme-sucking black hole. It gets spit out at the other end, to float; a little tattered from the ride but still intact, back into my consciousness. So here I am now, dusting off and holding up the Top 10 Photo Picks from my blog – a tag from Dhanggit of Dhanggit’s Kitchen. I have long swooned over Dhanggit’s beautiful creations as I imagine her whipping them up in a gorgeous country kitchen somewhere in Aix en Provence. I would certainly have trouble picking only 10 photos from her blog!

So, enough chat, here’s my 10:

Ampalaya – I think the most amazing thing about this picture is that I actually don’t like ampalaya (bitter melon)...yet I found it so pretty (which is why I took this photo) – green, curly half-moons.

Arugula and Apple Salad – I took this in such a hurry because we were going to eat already...and I was pleasantly surprised that it came out looking so crisp. Salads (if you’ve got fresh ingredients) make great models!

Bakies Day – My first and so far only food photo with a model. I think I like this photo more for having my fabulous godchild Z in it than for the cookies (em, bakies).

Brussels Sprout and Camembert Gratin in Butternut Squash – I think I like how this looks so “autumn-y”...especially since I don’t have an autumn to speak of. I also like the colors in the photo – orange and green...the colors of my blog!

Matcha – This was one of my first attempts at active food styling. My pictures, to this day, are pretty simple. Just the food, a nice plate, and a spoon or fork (in fact, if you’ve been reading for a while I’m sure you are tired of seeing the same old tea towel and placemat as backdrop!). Here I remember actually thinking of each element...the cork, the earthenware plate, the spoon, exactly where the matcha would be, and the depth of field thingy. Hmmm...I think it’s time to bring out that cork again!

Yogurt with Red Wine Poached Nectarines – Sometimes the simplest things look best. Like vegetables (above) and fruits. I like how this picture seems to suck in the sun – something I wish I could do with more ease in the mornings!

CarrotsWhat was I saying about veggies taking good photos? Case in point, carrots that actually still have dirt on them! I am beginning to realize how much I love taking photos of vegetables...and how much they love having their picture taken!

Nutella Banana Muffins – Ok, I had to have some sort of sweets in this list! I like how this picture incorporates so many things I love: Nutella, bananas, cupcakes, and the color pink :)

French Toast with Blueberry Syrup – I was happy at how the syrup came out so shiny and jewel-like. Even when it comes to non-food, I am attracted to shiny like an insect diving towards a light bulb. This breakfast, and looking at the shiny syrup picture, kept me smiling all morning. No joke...I can really be that shallow.

Pili nuts – Again something very simple. Nature is really the best Janice. Her models always deliver. Oh yes, and this was my attempt at the “stuff spilling out of the glass” effect. Not too shabby I think!

Thanks Dhanggit for giving me the opportunity to revisit all my photos here! I actually had a bit of a reflection on my photos :)

And speaking of the lovely Dhanggit: She’s got a new project! Check out Recipe Muncher for food blog post updates!

Some shameless own-horn-tooting: I have some recipes published in Yummy Magazine July issue! Seven sandwiches prepared right here in my little flat (including a sweet sandwich...and a couple of vegetarian ones too)! The best part about the shoot for me? Having an actual photographer and food stylist work on my stuff! My sandwiches and I were thrilled :) (I took notes don’t worry)


Manggy said...

You're right, that ampalaya pic is lovely even if I can't stand the stuff :) Great selection, Joey! :)

I'll see if I can get the upcoming Yummy. It'll be interesting to see how much more pros can glam up your food, as you already do extremely well with them ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your pictures all look wonderful and so do your dishes! Scrumptious food!



Dhanggit said...

I knew its gonna be hard one for you to do this task..all your photos are great! I agree with Manggy I love the ampalaya photo too :-)

thanks for doing this meme Joey!

Dhanggit said...

and thanks for the write up too on Recipe Muncher :-)

margaux said...

i happen to love ALL your pictures =) (well, and all your posts too hee hee).

LyB said...

You are an incredible photographer! The colors and textures in your photos are fabulous. I'm terrible at memes too, I'll have to work on that!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Thanks! Isn’t ampalaya the little trickster? ;) I had just finished slicing it and placed it in the colander and suddenly there it was...beckoning to have its photo taken! The pros have their own lights for one...yes, lights that actually turn on and off on command. Unlike my “lights” that do not respond to the commands, “Don’t set yet!” or “Move cloud!”

Thanks Rosa! :)

Hi Dhanggit! I had fun and it was a nice chance to go over my photos...I would have never realized how much vegetables I actually photograph! And consequently eat! (Recipe Muncher is great!)

Hi Margaux! AW! Thank you! You are too sweet!

Hi Lyb! Thank so much (blush, blush)! I have to say though...I have been blessed with great models :)

Jenn said...

Congrats on the Yummy Magazine shoot. That sounds sooooo fun!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Everyone of those is making me hungry! Beautiful photos! Wish I could reach in and pull one out for real -any one would be lovely.

matt wright said...

really great photos! I am glad I just found your site from FPDaily

oliboy said...

awesome pics, what camera do you use for food photog? :)

Gourmet Traveller said...

Your photos are amazing!!! Have you heard about blurb.com? You might have a cookbook there with those photos and recipes.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jenn! Thanks! It was :)

Thank you Tanna :) I wish I could share them with you!

Thanks Matt! FPDaily is so cool! :)

Hi Oliboy! I use a Fuji FinePix S1 Pro with a Nikon 28-70mm lens :)

Hello GT! Thank you :) :) Hey, I'll check that link out...sounds interesting!

princess_dyanie said...

yummmmy!!! **drool**

great pictures! :)

Carina said...

hey, i'll look fowead for the upcoming issue of Yummy...

what camera do you use? i love the quality of your photos, especially the lighting...:)

coffeepot said...

lovely photos and congratulations on the publish.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Princess Dyanie! Thank you!

Hi Carina! Thanks! I use a Fuji FinePix S1 Pro with a Nikon 28-70mm lens :) I can’t take credit for the lighting though...I shoot next to my window and whatever Mother Nature decides to shine down on me is the light I get :)

Thank you Coffeepot! :)

littlem said...

A great collection of photos that work together, as well.

ChichaJo said...

Thank you Littlem! :)

gay said...

I just bought Yummy. Your sandwiches look great and creative!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Gay! :) Hope you like them!

gay said...

I'm drooling over the strawberry sandwich!!!

christine said...

I've always loved your photos! I would have had a difficult time choosing my favorite ones from your stock, but you did a great job in the selection. Your photos always look so sharp and clean, and you have the best natural light spot! You don't need those pro lamps. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Gay! I hope you like it...it's a wonderful combination :)

Hi Nens! Thank you sensei!!! :) I love my little "studio"...it's served me well despite the view ;) One day I am actually going to go out and take pictures of people!