Saturday, August 30, 2008
More Garden Goodies
I just couldn't decide which veggie photo I liked the best.
So I put all my fovorites online and you can choose your favorite.
Maybe this weekend I'll get out and get some more panoramic photos. It sure is too hot to sit in front of the computer, maybe a nice beach breeze would help.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Treats from the Garden
The tomato on the right is the same on from
the other day.
It's a variety called a Garden Peach
The yellow one on the far left with the green stripes
is a "Banana Legs".
The ones that did not make the cut for the modeling job made a delicious Chili. It's been a good season for the garden, even though the tomato plants have generally not been very happy this year.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
We're finally trying to get back to a normal life here. We recently had a
wild fire in the hills near Santa Barbara, "the Gap Fire". We were not warned to
evacuate where we live, but we did anyway when the sky turned brown and it looked like
the middle of the night at 6pm. I'll get some photos online from some of
those crazy days, but right now I just have to say thank you to all the
amazing fire fighters and the families who worry about them when they
are on the job. Thanks to them not one house was lost.
Still, through all the craziness, I have been taking the time to tinker with my camera. This is a beautiful translucent striped tomato variety called a Garden Peach. This is one of the last ones my wife coaxed off the plant and it is beautiful. It is actually fuzzy like a peach. And this one is still sitting here waiting to be the subject of more photos. But the others from the plant have been quite delicious.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Peppers and Garlic
Time for a little more food photography! Yet another of those self promotion projects that always gets bumpped by other things.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Fresh from the Garden
This was taken a couple hours before yesterday's
photo of the day. This was the scene in the middle of the
table that inspired the three hour photo shoot.
The cool purple garlic bulb is from a recent trip to Gilroy for their Garlic Festival, but most of the others are fresh from the garden.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Oh I'm so excited! It's tomato time again! (yeah I know I need a hobby! oh yeah, I have my camera!)
This is one of our "Mister Stripey" tomatoes from last year.
But it is time to start looking for this years varieties.
A couple weeks ago we had to search all the nurseries to find only common tomato varieties,
but they are out in full force now and I have lost count of how many we have.
Of course, one of our favorites is still around from last year. It is a big mass of vines that seems to be very happy and produced fruit all year even through our mild frosts here. (It was nestled against the wall under our living room window and, luckily for him, they didn't seem to have anything like insulation in the 70s when the homes in this area were built. :-)
Friday, July 28, 2006
Backlit Tomato Blossom
When I am busy and I just want to take a few pictures to relax I head into the back yard. These days that usually means taking pictures of tomatoes. But that's ok with me! They really are beautiful, especially when the light is just right.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tomato Worm Assassin
This is how we take care of tomato worms around here!
We really like birds in our yard anyway and it appears these guys really like tomato worms. We try to encourage them as much as possible.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Our tomatoes are doing great! This is a Pink Grape Tomato and they are delicious.
We had a 'bout with tomato worms and other things trying to eat them. We are trying to keep them organic and in doing this we are getting a real appreciation for how hard organic farmers must have to work. Fortunately, we found crawling rosemary to deter the snails, cut pantyhose around the pots and tied up around the plant to keep other creepy crawlies out and something special for the tomato worms! Check back tomorrow and I'll show you how we handle them.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Tomatoes from the Garden
These are some beautiful little tomatoes
from our garden. My wife has an incredible
green thumb. Our biggest plant is about
seven feet tall! So this is the first of
many tomato dishes.
These are Pink Grape Tomatoes. They are translucent, beautiful, and delicious. The basil is from the garden too. Now we just need our own buffalo for the Mozzarella. :-D
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
A couple of days ago you got to
see the ingredients. Now we have the results!
Food is a tricky thing to photograph. Especially
something like chicken salad. It has the very real
potential to come out looking like... well,
something you really do not want to eat.
In examining my favorite cookbooks, I have found that
lighting and garnish both play a major role in
making formless things interesting and appetizing.
In the not too distant future I will be starting a new project, a cookbook, with a friend who owns a great restaurant downtown. I have to practice because his food is so good I really want to do it justice!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Another shot from yesterday's food experimentation. BTW, The tomato is supposed to be orange. The normal tomatoes in the store are bred for ease of shipping, shelf life and durability. But, sometimes I like a little flavor too. Fortunately most good stores are starting to get interesting little variants like these.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
This one is called "Mr. Stripey"!
No! I don't name my plants...
Ok, well yeah, maybe I do.
But, not this one, he came with that name! Really! And, when this beautiful blossom turns into the HUGE tomato I know it will, you will see why!
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
First Tomato of the Season!
I am sooo excited, this year is our second attempt to grow tomatoes in our small back yard. And I think my wife has figured out the secret as you can see. This guy is beautiful and smells perfect! (smell is one of THE most important things in picking a good tomato IMO) It is a "Pink Grape Tomato" it is only about an inch long, which is about how big it is supposed to be. And as you can see there are more on the way.
Sunday, June 4, 2006
Peach... err Tomato Fuzz
The sun was beautiful this evening.
My wife and I were playing with our
plants in the back yard when she pointed
out a few new buds on this tomato plant.
(the little round things in the upper right)
I'm so excited! I just love tomatoes Most of the ones you get in the store are tasteless. But this plant passes the first test, it smells just like my grandfathers garden. (that is the way I pick a good tomato) It was my job to help him find the ripe tomatoes on his plants when I was visiting.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Playin' With My Food (AKA This Little Piggy)
I am really enjoying the food photography thing.
Two of my favorite things, how could it be wrong!?
It doesn't hurt that we have a variety of very cool props around. This little piggy has been on our cool stone table for a while and I decided that it was time for his photo shoot! ('Course, the coffee table is not usually that clean :)
Friday, March 10, 2006
Lunchtime Photo Shoot
This was actually taken before yesterday's photo of the day.
(yeah, I'm a little out of order :) Before I go out on a
job I like to experiment a little with different compositions
and lighting. This was an especially important thing this time
since I was not using my trusty AE-1. I would not trade my AE-1
for anything, but professional food photography is definitely
in the realm of the medium format camera with an interchangeable
Polaroid back, or a good digital camera. Without the immediate
feedback it is just too hit or miss to capture the wide range
of colors and textures.
Incidentally, I have some very kind friends who attended our wedding to thank for this shot. The extremely cool plate is part of a wedding gift.