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ah memories: Part II

25 Jul

Remember yesterday when I posted my top five food photos? Remember how I said I always had a hard time remembering numbers? Well…yesterday’s post was a great example of that as I was supposed to list ten of my favourite photos, not five (oops! Thanks Liz!).

So rather than attempt to sort the list out further. Here are my five final favourites: the honourable mentions. Yeah it’s totally lazy and kinda cheating but blame my memory’s hatred of numbers.

The Honourables

1. Vegan with a Vengeance‘s Big Gigantoid Crunchy Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies, 2. Veganomicon‘s Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, 3. Really Green Smoothie, 4. Valentine’s Day Cupcakes, 5. Vegan with a Vengeance‘s Chocolate Chip Cookies

While we’re on the subject of food photography, yesterday foodbeam (who takes drop-dead gorgeous photos of food by the way) wrote an amazing post on food photography. Check it out! She shares great tips that I will definitely be using to improve my food photography skills.

ah memories

24 Jul

When I saw VeggieGirl’s post on her favourite five make that ten posts the other day, it got me thinking.  What are my five favourite photos I’ve taken since starting this blog?  I started taking pictures of food two years ago with my cybershot, I’ve since upgraded to my rebel and there are a few photos I’m quite proud of.  I am still very much an amateur but taking photos of food has developed to be quite the hobby of mine and most of the photos I take I can even remember shooting them.  What the weather was like, what kind of mood I was in, whatever. I have a weird memory like that, I’m the kind of person who remembers the most mundane things ever, like conversations for example, any conversation.  I’m not sure why but I always remember who told me what, what I told people, and so on. I can’t remember numbers though at all, odd. Anyway…my top five!

5)Cinnamon Rolls

I made these for Father’s Day and they didn’t last long and for good reason, these are hands down the best cinnamon roll recipe ever. This is one of the photos I didn’t take with the Rebel and I think it shows that you don’t need a fancy camera to get a great photo, just great lighting.

Cinnamon Roll

4)Maple-Pecan Sticky Blondies
Oh my god. These were killer. Maple infused blondies with an amazing sticky pecan topping. I need to make these again. What I love most about this shot is how you can actually see the kinda crumbly (good crumbly) texture of the blondies and the sticky-ness of the topping. Needless to say, these were a mess to eat but so very worth it.

Maple Pecan Sticky Blondies

3)Vanilla Soygurt Pound Cake

This was the first photo I took with my 50 mm f/1.8 lens which made me instantly fell in love with it and realize how much the kit lens was utter crap. I love how you can see the wonderful texture of the slice of pound cake and the bright, fun colours are provided by the background that matches well with the kiwi slices.

Vanilla Soygurt Pound Cake

2)Lower Fat Chocolate Bundt Mini Cakes

I made these little cakes on a quiet New Years Eve.  We tried a new Chinese restaurant then I served these with a chocolate sauce.  I remember taking these photos and being really excited because it was the first time I was getting the shots I wanted with the Rebel (it was dark too!  The only light was the kitchen light!).  I also love how vivid the colours and textureness turned out, the stark white-ness of the powdered sugar and the red sheen of the tablecloth.

Lower-Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Mini-Cakes

1) Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

Now it may be because that these cookies are my favourite cookie of all time that I’ve chosen it as my number one but I think overall, it’s the photo. I love the colours, the red with the white and blue bits in the background and the peanuts artfully placed. It was taken in my bedroom on an overcast day (I know! There was no sun that day and I managed a good picture!) just minutes before I was out the door on my way to a Bob Dylan concert. Oh, and Oprah was on, it was a show on OCD. So I don’t really know how I managed to take a good photo of this with all this going on, I think it was my love for these peanut butter cookies that motivated me. Pure favouritism really.

cookie love

You may have noticed that all of the photos I chose were baked goods.  It’s probably because I’m definitely biased towards the sugary stuff but I think it’s also because I find baked goods a lot easier to photograph.  There’s always leftovers, you don’t have to worry about them getting cold before you get to eat them and let’s face it, cookies are a hella lot more interesting than soup.