Wrapup: Under the Lens

Posted by Anita on 11.27.06 7:39 AM

under the lens collage (c) 2006 AECThank God it’s Monday! I thought that I took a lot of pictures during a normal week, but participating in Sam’s challenge had me (along with my family, my friends, and my co-workers) questioning my sanity.

But I had a lot of fun. Being tasked with photographing simply everything I ate or drank meant that I really had to get creative, and think of ways to turn even the most boring foods and beverages into something worth looking at.

A number of folks have asked me if the added scrutiny has changed what or how I ate, and I can honestly say “no” — although I’d qualify that with “…other than to choose the more photogenic option among equally appealing choices.” And really, even that minor self-editing only happened on a couple of occasions: When picking out a sweet snack from the vending machine at work (the Kit Kat shot), and when opting for a cold turkey-and-avocado sandwich over a hot turkey sandwich yesterday afternoon. I’m guessing this would have been a lot harder on a non-holiday week, although I am certainly not angling to repeat the experience soon.

Shooting food at the office wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected. We have some good natural light, supplemented by good task lighting. The flip side of that is that the desert light here at my parents’ house is either gorgeous, or brutal, and not always optimal at the times of the day you’d suppose.

under the lens (c)2006 AECI’m also surprised that I only forgot to take a photo of one thing — a glass of wine I had at a friend’s house one evening. (I promptly took a picture of a similar glass at home, as soon as I remembered, and poured the wine back into the bottle. What, me, obsessive?)

Speaking of neurotic behaviors, my inner perfectionist hated having to post pictures of *everything*, especially the night we ate at Bouchon. I really enjoy the editing process… not only the tweaking of photos, but deciding when a shot just isn’t good enough to save or share. I didn’t have that luxury here, so there are photos on Flickr that would ordinarily have been consigned to the bit bucket.

Click “View Slide Show” below for the Slide.com roundup — which is supposed to display inline here, but isn’t, for some reason — or check out the whole set on Flickr, where you can comment on individual pix.

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Comment by sam

thanks for taking part. I too had some awful resturant pics – especially the ones from the sushi restaurant which was terribly dark. I wanted to just snap quickly and unobtrusively so I didn’t actually do a lot of checking to make sure I’d actually got the food in focus, duh! I looked through some of yours earlier in the week and now look forward to salivating over the remainder.

Posted on 11.27.06 at 7:46AM

Comment by beccy

Love your presentation, I think I have a lot to learn!

Posted on 11.27.06 at 9:56AM

Comment by cookiecrumb

Staggering job! You really macheted through that jungle with some great results.

Posted on 11.27.06 at 11:27AM

Comment by Amy

Wow, your pictures are spectacular. You have a fantastic eye. I especially loved the beverage photos.

I also noticed some of my favorite foods in your week. The Fage yogurt with honey, and the salad lyonnaise are both favorites of mine.

Posted on 11.27.06 at 12:53PM

Comment by Mom

Well, now that I see the finished product, it all seems worthwhile. Your photos are excellent. It was fun to be a part of your food week. Mom

Posted on 11.27.06 at 9:13PM

Comment by Chow: The Grinder

[...] Many also found it hard to remember to snap a shot before digging in, and for some of the diarists, just knowing their food choices would be documented made them change their diets for more aesthetic appeal or to avoid embarrassment. [...]

Posted on 12.07.06 at 2:10PM

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