2. Taking portraits of people: 15:31 (2007.10.12#5)

Ian Irving was kind enough to not only introduce me to a wonderful little cafe (Lou's Coffee Bar at Runnymede and Annette) and share his insights on consulting and tech evangelism, but to also sit for a portrait by this amateur.

Good side-lighting. Yay dimples. =) I also like the background - the exchange bookshelf at the cafe. I cropped this one really tight, which improved the composition a bit.

Next time I take a picture, I'll spend a little more time trying to make sure it's in focus.

Not bad for a quick shot, though. =)

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1. Food photography attempt: 10:59 (2007.10.09#2)

That's what we had for Thanksgiving dinner. I borrowed W-'s camera to take the shot, as his was already all set up. This picture used the room light and an external flash unit placed diagonally in front of the pan. I like how the background is nice and soft, the roast is detailed, and the mashed potatoes are cheery but not overwhelming.

If I could shoot this picture again, I'd add another flash behind the roast in order to add more definition. I'd also find a way to minimize the shadow cast by the front edge of the pan, perhaps by raising the front-diagonal flash or increasing the toplight. I'd get rid of that sprig of whatever that is in front of the lamb, too. I'd also increase the depth of field by changing apertures so that more of the roast is in focus.

W- and I enjoy cooking and taking pictures of food. We usually have time to get a few shots in before hunger sets in. <laugh>

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