So here's the thing: I'm not a trained photographer (obviously), and I've never taken a single class. I have recently acquired a bunch of lenses, plus a fancy flash, and I'm in full experimentation mode. Add a huge chunk of non-blogging, non-photo-taking time...and I'm such a newbie with all this.
So for fun, here's a sample of my photos for this dish:
I didn't use a flash here.
No flash here either.
No flash. Just kept changing the angle and F-stop.
I got my Greenmarket flowers into the action...
My particular favorite, of course...lordy... Obviously, I introduced the flash here.
Even less flash...
I started playing with the flash angle.
I tried using less flash.
Still. Not. Right.
I'm unhappy with all of them, of course, but I kept the whole series as a learning experience. And it adds to the whole experience when Adam says over my shoulder, "Why are all your shots centered? Try something off-centered!" and Bug says, "Mom! Mom! I can get the white board to bounce the light! Can I be in the picture? Can we just eat now?" Lordy.
As for the Panzanella, it's such a lovely end-of-summer dish: simple, light, flavorful. Normally, I dump all these ingredients into bowls, toss it around, and serve it as a bit of a mess. This is the first time I've plated it this way and I thought it was pretty classy.
Between teaching at Pratt and our European vacation, this summer has gone by so much faster than I expected. This was the perfect way to celebrate our return home (and our break from restaurant eating!) and the end of an incredible season.
Eat, drink, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!