Archive for June, 2010

Eating Photographs

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

chocolate lava cake and cappucino

I’m currently working on a new web site for Cafe On The Green, a fine restaurant at Richter Park in Danbury.  Richter has been rated among the top 50 public golf courses in America.  Built around some reservoirs, it is extraordinarily scenic and rather hazardous for hacks like me.  This is where I play (*cough* shank) most of my golf, so I have a Pavlovian happiness whenever I head over there… even if I’m not pulling out my golf clubs.

It had been several years since I ate at Cafe On The Green, but I remembered it having good food, and probably the most scenic setting in Danbury.  I knew that the new web site needs to capture these two important elements, so photography was going to be an important part of the project.  You can’t capture taste or smell, but with vivid photographs, you can provide some powerful suggestions.

So last week I spent a few hours at the restaurant, shooting a bunch of photos.  Photographing food presents its own challenges.  Often you have only a couple of minutes to capture the food before it looses its fresh appeal.  By dinner time, the restaurant is lit very dimly, so I had to setup my key and fill lights.  I shot mostly with an open aperture, using my 50mm 1.4 lens, grabbing very narrow depth-of-field shots.  This was my first shoot for fresh, hot food, and it was lots of fun!  I learned some new lessons, but for the most part, I’m pleased with the results.

The best part is that after the shoot, I got to eat the food!

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Remembering Memorial Day

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Chris going for the shot.

Memorial Day has become one of my favorite holidays.  Our country has several holidays intended to memorialize certain important events in our nation’s history, but Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our country.  After all, it is only because there have been those who have fought and died that we can enjoy our sunny barbecues and backyard volleyball with little more than our morning commutes to weigh on our mind.  We enjoy truly extraordinary comforts in America.  A crisis for us is a broken air conditioners or poor service at a restaurant.  Most of the “inconveniences” that afflict our lives certainly pale when compared to the plights of the thousands who have huddled in muddy foxholes and bled their futures away.

I fear that many who “celebrate” Memorial Day fail to pause even momentarily to remember what this day is all about. It’s a day off work. An opportunity to (more…)