Food photography

I have a growing fascination for food photography. Last year I did a food project. It was an ABC; where I first took a  photo of something food related starting on the letter A, then B, so C etc. It was a  lot of fun and it made me want to photograph more food related things. I’ve been photographing food on and off before I started that project and after I ended the project. All food shots can be seen in my food set on flickr.

I’ve been in a creative mood lately and ideas are popping up. Now I’ve decided that I want to start photographing food more regularly again.  It is very difficult to nail a good food shot, but very satisfying when you do. I’m not great at photographing food and even though I’ve received some fairly good comments on my food photography, I want to get even better. And how to get better? Practice! So that’s my plan.

I am a very picky eater. I’ve been that all my life. There is a lot of things I don’t eat. When I talk to people about me being picky, I always say it’s easier to tell you what I eat than what I don’t eat. It’s not in particular fun when I have to say no to things like salads, ketchup, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, red onions, pickles, sushi, curry, french fries, coffee, lemonade and so on. It limits me; more than I like to admit. It isn’t any that I’m always the one they need to take into consideration when food has been made. I’m tired of the phrase ‘sorry, I don’t like that’.

From early age I have the idea that I don’t like something whether I’ve tasted it or not. That is not a good point of view. One should have an open mind regarding food and one shouldn’t say ‘I don’t like it’ until one has tasted  it; not once, but at least a couple of times.

I am not good enough when it comes to taste new types of food. I can’t put a finger on why I hesitate so much. I really don’t know why; I just do.

Last time I remember when I tried something new was at the Christmas Party with the company I worked for. We went out to eat and as a starter we got cured deer. I like things that are cured and I like deer, but I had no idea if I would like cured deer. A little suspicious, I took a bite of the starter. I just had to, or I would sit there looking like an idiot; and I didn’t want that. Oh man, I was glad I tasted it. Cured deer was great! It reminded me a bit of cured ham which I love. It was very yummy.

In the last four years or something, I think I can count on one hand how many new things I’ve tasted and liked. How sad isn’t that? Five or less. What I can think of is smoked salmon, mushrooms and cured deer.

Pesto is a thing I’m trying to like. I tried it on salmon last fall when I visited my sister. It wasn’t bad. Later, I’ve also tried it on pasta and I didn’t like that too much. I think I need to get used to the taste a bit more. I’m planning to make pesto something I can eat without hesitating. Pesto is going to be my number four thing I’ve learned to eat.

Phew, that was a long rant about my eating disabilities, if you can put it like that. Not sure why it got mixed up with my post about photographing food, but it was nice get it off my chest.

The last days I’ve been taking photos while making dinner /snacks. Here are a few of them. Due to lack of daylight, they are noisier than I would like. But if I’m not only going to photograph things on saturdays and sundays when I can photograph during daylight, I have to settle with a bit of noise.

Mushrooms are something I’ve only eaten the resent years. They taste good when just chopped up and fried, but they taste even better if you add some butter, cream, salt and pepper. Then you got creamy mushrooms. Fits perfect with beef.

Meatballs; I made them today. Oh so lovely.

Late evening snack. Bananas with sugar and cold milk. Yum! I remember eating that as desert when I visited my grandparents when I was young.

Look out for more food shots in the future.




One response to Food photography

  1. Lovely food photos! I’ve been trying to practice those a bit more myself :)
    (And I hear ya re: less daylight. Sigh, spring needs to get over here, stat!)
    Great post, Kjersti! Food dislikes: ya know, it’s a good thing you’re doing, to try out more foods. Flavors change as we grow older, I think. There used to be so many things I hated when I was younger, for example mushrooms and spinach; those are now two of my favorite ingredients for any pasta sauce :) And I also used to dislike brie cheese; love it now, really love it!
    One thing I haven’t yet learned to eat that I would like to learn to like are also olives. I’m sure I’ll get there one day..!

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