No, this website is not in danger of becoming a food photography website. I'm following some advice from Daniel Brinneman who, after reading one of my less than uplifting post about the sameness of each day under pandemic lockdown, suggested that I change my routine. I have little control over my workday because I work for UK based bank and half of the IT and project management teams are based there. My mornings get busy with WebEx sessions. The afternoons are more flexible, but we have an East Coast-based group as well. I could wear different clothes each day, re-arrange my desk, change up breakfast, etc. but the work part of the day feels the same.
However, another thirty days into "shelter-in-place"-it seems we a lot more of those days ahead-and I think I understand what Daniel was trying to tell me. The Splash and Pour Photography workshop with food photographer Freddy Clark was postponed to October. The High Line and Hudson Yards Vessel field trip was also delayed to October. I cancelled the Chestnut-sided Warbler photography field workshop with Ray Hennesey.
All the fun photography-related things that my therapist helped me plan for when I was struggling with my eye health issues are off the table for the near term. Not being able to do the warbler workshop hurt the most. I enjoyed photographing with Ray last spring, and these adorable little birds are lovely to observe. But the reality is the reality. I want to find a way to keep the love of my hobby alive.
Food photography is challenging, and as I am discovering, one really has to pay attention to lighting. In some ways, the patience required for success is about the same as the patience needed to photograph wildlife. Each day that the sun shines through the kitchen window is an opportunity to try again; learn something new.
Freddy Clark has been supportive of my efforts and has provided some feedback and suggestions on how I can improve.
That's where I am right now.
The light coming in through the window this morning was a bit softer, but I could still see some shadows. I tried to reduce the shadows with the reflector and the overhead lights. This is the best of the dozen images I captured. I used Provia film simulation. Provia is the "standard" shooting mode on the Fujifilm X-T2 and designed to emulate Fujichrome Provia Professional Color Transparency film. The colours appear natural.