October 13, 2010

Food Photography

My sister started taking pictures of our food whenever we go out of town. Initially, it was to document our travels around. By mid 2000, taking pictures of food became a regular habit. Though it was a hobby, the pictures still looked plain, simple and not enticing enough.

Around 2006, my Father bought our first DSLR, a Canon Powershot Pro 1. Since we were beginners and we still can’t have the hang of it, all we did was just point and shoot. It was 2007 that my sister started making appealing photos of the food we eat. Since she was getting better at food photography, I decided to jump in the bandwagon.

Come 2008, my father bought us another camera. This time, it’s a Nikon D80. Since D80 was one of the best cameras in early 2008, we were really thrilled to use it at just about everything.

These are a few of my sister’s countless food photos:

Pepperoni Pizza, Curry Village, Yosemite National Park
Latte, Cuisine Unplugged, Bangkok
Starter Salad

Gio Cuon, Pho Hoa, The Block
Tiger Eye Roll, Omakase, Tomas Morato
Chicken Salad, Tarantino’s Restaurant, San Francisco

The next batch is mine.

Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake, Bag of Beans, Tagaytay
Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet, Katre Mediterranean Restaurant, Tomas Morato
Garden Salad, Bohol Bee Farm, Bohol
Honeyed Balsamic Salad, Teazann Restaurant, Metrowalk
Sauteed Bay Shrimp, Katre Mediterranean Restaurant, Tomas Morato

October 2009, my sister and I went on a 3-week vacation in the US. In between those weeks, the rest of the family also took a vacation in Singapore. Since we brought the D80, my father didn’t have anything to use on their trip. Impulsively, my father went to a camera shop and then, bought a D300S for himself.

Seeing as the D300s is a professional cam, we were pressured to study the workings of the camera. A few weeks after, we were having good photos with vivid colors and fine clarity. We were also trying to compete with each other’s food photos to see who’s better than whom.

The following pictures are a few of my favorite food pictures using D300s.

Okonomiyaki with Noodles, Kagura Restaurant, Makati
Peking Style Chicken Tortilla Wrap, Cerchio, Tomas Morato
Classic Creamy Fettucine Carbonara, Chelsea, Serendra
Hot Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Fire, Makati
Plum Dumpling (?), Ijysheng Bakery, Taipei
California Temaki, Niji Japanese Restaurant, Angeles, Pampanga
Fried Noodles, Taipei

Personally, I know we have a LOT to learn. But when browsing all our food photos, I can proudly say that we’re getting better every day. This is one of the things I’m thankful for, for having a competitive sister.:)

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