Still hunting and gathering (best food photos of the year so far)
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Thank Buddha for my high metabolism. I think about food all the time and eat 4-5 times a day but still struggle to gain weight. Excessive hyperspazziness no doubt.
I usually take a photo or two of what I eat. As I mentioned in my “best food photos of 2016 post”, no matter how good a street food or restaurant dish tastes getting a good photo is a completely different matter. To start, the light needs to be right (not too harsh, not too dark) or the food won’t look good at all. Dark and moody restaurants may be good for dates but they’re a disaster for food photos (see the typical food photos on TripAdvisor, for example). (Problems with lighting can be fixed to some extent with editing software and I’ve been using Photoshop Elements more and more since I started this blog.)
Attractive presentation is also important. With most of my food photos that doesn’t mean something fussy or high class though; most of what I eat here in Vietnam and in my travels could be called street food – popular, tasty and inexpensive local dishes served simply. Some of these places present their food more attractively than others though and I think this is a critical element of good food photos – after all I got to actually eat all of this delicious food but with this blog all I can offer you are the photos.
I can and generally do try to compliment the original presentation by arranging the items for my photo. When I take food photos there’s often a funny moment when the staff and other customers watch curiously while I rearrange the entire table, and then get out my big DSLR camera for the shot. After all, most of the food in my photos is extremely ordinary in the place where I took the photo. It’s probably impossible for the shopkeeper and other patrons to imagine how hard it is to get a great bowl of Vietnamese pho or a tasty masala dosa in Tokyo or New York City (or how expensive it will be if you find them).
Here are my favorite food photos from the first half of this year. As I live here in Saigon and the food is fabulous, naturally there’s lots of Vietnamese cuisine. A second section of photos is from some of my favorite international restaurants in Saigon (and one photo from my trip to the US this month). A final section of photos is from my trip to India in Feb.