In the Kitchen- November’s Photo Assignment Gallery

Well,  our readers  have done it again!  Rising to the challenge of capturing the culinary environment, we received a wonderful array of  images from those daring photographers willing to step out of their comfort zones and into the cozy confines of their very own kitchens…with camera in hand. The results are as varied and creative as any we’ve seen from past assignment work. From the abundant reflective surfaces to be found, the fresh enticing ingredients, the delectable treats, to the midnight snackers, and mixing bowl magic;  it’s all here to view  for your enjoyment. A grateful “Well done!” to all those who contributed, and it is our hope that your photographic horizons have been further stretched by the attempt.

Below were the questions we asked to be answered about this assignment:

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?

The answers provide an insight to the people who took on this attempt with gusto, and clearly were intrigued by what they let their eyes discover when they took a closer look.  We hope that you enjoy their work as much as we do!

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And think about participating in next month’s assignment!

Mel Mann

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
This time of the year always reminds me of time spent in front of the TV with my father, watching football games and rooting for our favorite teams.  TV time means snack time so although I knew my images would be of favorite snacks, I didn’t know how best to portray them.  I decided to use an off-camera strobe plus some light painting with a flashlight.  The challenge was getting the flashlight beam small enough to highlight small areas of each composition.

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
Not really since I set up the space specifically to make these images.  I’m guessing if I tried this in a kitchen, attempting a broad composition of roasted turkey and dressing it would have been very frustrating.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
I’m trying to play with less-than-normal exposures, processing and DOF, simply to see how that might work in my style for certain compositions.  These certainly aren’t that far away from the norm but I’m starting to see opportunities to use lighting and software to get a different look.

Florian Cortese

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
Since I have a lot of granite counter tops and was trying to use natural light from a side north facing window, I encountered a lot of light reflection off of many objects I was trying to photograph.  In the case of a wine bottle and wine-filled glass, it was the frame of my back patio doors.  I had to move myself and the objects around to try to eliminate the reflections as much as possible.

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
I got to spend a lot of time on a stool looking down at objects or at eye level to higher objects in the kitchen which was interesting to me.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
The only discovery really was a re-affirmation that since I just re-started to get into photography (I took the weekend course in Helena this past year) I am really enjoying trying to work on the composition of the picture I am taking.

Billie Lopez

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
I found it to be challenging to make the food pop and not the plate I had it on.

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
The only surprise I found was how much the background of the countertops showed through and ruined my otherwise good shots.  I had to really work on that.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
I felt like I had a trend of using the wrong type of platter to display the food I wanted to photograph, as you can see in the 3 pics I sent. I think I finally got better in selecting the plates but still need lots of practice with that.

Ross Perkins

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
The biggest challenge was figuring out what my three shots were going to be composed of since I don’t do much shooting inside my house. After the “Midnight Munchies” photo popped into my mind at 2:30am the other two just randomly fell into place without much thought at all, I like spur of the moment photos. My friend thought I was ridiculous when I asked him to bring over a Lego Man and a bag of marshmallows!

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
After looking at the three photos, one would never be able to tell that they were shot in the same tiny kitchen as each other. It’s all about angles and lighting.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
I didn’t really notice any trends that flowed through my photos in this assignment; I did that on purpose though. I like to play with all types of photography so I decided to do a realistic, artsy, and a more abstract/fantasy shot.

Joel Hubble

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
I chose to photograph throughout the preparation of various dishes; so the biggest challenge was obtaining adequate depth-of-field since I was shooting with camera in hand at slow shutter speeds even with a high ISO setting.

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
I was surprised at the endless variety of subject matter available by changing my shooting perspective and focal length from MACRO to telephoto.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
I found myself drawn to scenes rich in colors and patterns.

Judy Knope

Lighting was my biggest challenge – being a newbie it was difficult to find the right lighting.  The surprises were just how hard it was to find the right subject matter.  It was a challenge – I guess food magazines won’t be calling anytime soon…

Scott Fuller

I don’t shoot food or in the kitchen very much so I didn’t get too motivated this time.  I found a couple of shots in my archives that seemed to fit, though.  I was just fooling around when I shot the pot reflection.  It’s sort of fun-house interesting.  The spilled salt was shot when I was experimenting with a reversed 50mm lens attached to the front of my 100mm macro with strong side flash.  It’s a different view of salt.

Genevieve Fix

I always have a hard time answering the challenge question. I see these assignments as new ideas, new ways to look at what can be done with a camera. It is more exciting than challenging. I was surprised that in one space there can be so many possibilities of shooting different photos. I discovered an interest for taking food pictures and I will certainly do more.

Steve Sulewski

1. What challenges did you encounter while working on this assignment?
I’d say the small space was a challenge to work in–trying not to bump things which occasionally moved my subjects so I was having to tweak the positioning several times to get it right.

2. Did you find any surprises while spending time in one space to photograph?
I found the small space brought me closer and forced me to really look at and explore the angles and try different things. It also forced me to slow down and really visualize and see the details.

3. After reviewing the results, did you discover any subtle (or not so subtle) trends in your style or interests?
I found my approach to be quite immediate and graphic. Looking at the shapes, the negative spaces, and compositional elements. For example, the shot of the chocolate was about shapes. A curve, a slanted angle sitting on a rectangle.

November’s Photo Assignment Image Gallery

6 thoughts on “In the Kitchen- November’s Photo Assignment Gallery

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marcy james

GREAT ASSIGNMENT IDEA!!!

Gloria Johnston

What a great idea. I enjoyed the images. Our camera club is always looking for an assignment. We have done scavenger hunts, picked a particular color, and the alphabet to name a few. I think I will suggest this. Thanks Gloria Johnston

Barry Grivett

Although I attended & thoroughly enjoyed your weekend workshop in Reno earlier this year, I’ve paid almost no attention to your e-mails until now (1/4/11). Didn’t even realize there’s a blog & a monthly challenge/assignment–something I believe I can benefit from. I’ve even tried to give myself assignments/projects–with nearly zero success. I have tried some food phopography with limited success & can identify with your readers comments: challenge of controlling distractions, backgrounds, lighting!! What challenges me most is not going for documentation but making the photo a piece of art. Some of the entries are quite good in that respect & inspirational. Thanks.

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Bob McGowan

Thanks for taking the time to comment here and for checking out our blog, Barry! We’re glad that this is a source of inspiration for you and encourage you to contribute your images for future assignments. We look forward to seeing your work.

-Bob

Selma Battershell

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Selma Battershell

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I am really excited to check out your new blog!!

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