This post was born a nudge. It got me to the fridge, made me poke about a bit, and, having taken inventory, forced me to concoct something from what was available. It wanted to be a revelation. It wanted the world to see that maintaining a larder invites a varied menu. It was poised to show that button mushrooms wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with garlic, olive oil, Parmesan, and flat leaf and baked at 375° for ten minutes makes a quick and delicious snack. Then it saw the picture. Look at it. What little focus exists is misplaced. The colors lack contrast. It looks like someone dropped parsley from several feet above on the back four and forced a wad of the stuff in the front four. It’s enough to make an anthropomorphic blog post give up the ghost. And that’s what happened. Dying as it did, it failed it’s readers and became a mundane household referendum on how to bridge the photographic chasm between this blog and, picking one of the many great food blogs I read at random, this one.
There is also this, and this, and the consistently astonishing this. The most amazing single photograph I have seen on a blog page is girlinafoodfrenzy.com’s fettucini with white truffle, Parmesan cream, and pepper sauce. You have shadow, light, fading, and most importantly it makes me want to eat it. I have out of focus pizzas.
It is a poor carpenter who blames his tools. My only recent experience in carpentry is
sawing to fit and nailing garden rails. Luckily, overhanging shrubbery hides how poor a carpenter I am, but I do qualify. My “camera” thus far in this endeavor has been a Samsung Galaxy S, pictured left. A poor tool for my needs.
You notice that the image to the left is clearer than those usually associated with mightstainyourshit.com. Some may recall the tale of the man in a new town in need of haircut. There were two barbers in town: one with a bad haircut and one with a good haircut. Wanting a good haircut and reasoning that no man cuts his own hair, the man chose the barber with the bad haircut and was rewarded with eternity in hell for vanity. The astute among you may follow a similar line of thought and come to the conclusion that I have a new camera. You would be correct.
We have recently come into possession of the Nikon D7000, pictured left. In the future, we will have vastly improved pictures. I say in the future because I have no idea how to use this thing. There are dials on dials and icons that look like lightning or angry worms depending on your sex apparently. But soon, we will master the beast and keep up with the rest of the food blogging community. In the meantime we have secured a Cannon G7 point-and-click thingie for the interim.
I do have one picture that I thought was worth showing. It will stand as the pinnacle of the Samsung Galaxy S era: Sweet-and-Sour Huxi ribs. Out of focus, but appetizing. I know that food photography isn’t a competition (yet), but when I have finished the book, I hope take pictures rivaling what I have seen elsewhere. The level of talent, and I assume patience, with a camera was not something I expected to see when I started doing this. Now I need to find one of those backgrounds that seem to go on to infinity because my house just isn’t that big.