Backstage: making of Tagliatelle pasta

Photo shooting on Sunday is starting to be a strong tradition for me. And I really like it!

But this time there was a last minute change of plan. Indeed, while I was starting to set up a Chrismas theme session, my wonderful wife said:

how about if I make Tagliatelle pasta? Would you like to take pictures of it?

Lucky me! I said yes, of course.

So I changed the setting and photograph the complete process: from the making of the dough to the final plated meal.

The gears

For the first time, I’ve used the brand new Tilt&Shift lens from Nikon, the PC-E 85mm f2.8

The lens fits quite good on my Leica SL, thanks to the Novoflex adapter SL/NIK. But as a beginner, it is also a bit tricky to use, although can be very creative and funny.

The light

A flash lamp on the right side and a fill-in light on the left, a very simple but well-balanced setup.

The backstage pictures

The happy ending

The best part of the shooting is when everything is done and I can finally eat this delicious homemade pasta1

I wish you a relaxing Sunday,
cheers, Sabino

Food Photography: the Farm Cookies

Remember the special model waiting for a photo shooting a few days ago? In the meantime, I’ve been to Milan so I had no time to follow up on this.

But today I can finally unveil the secret and show you them in all their beauty. And you know, the weekend is Food Photography time for me!

Another wonderful homemade cookie set from Sweet Inc Luxembourg

My talented friend, this time prepared a set of cute and delicious farm animals, like sheep, pig, horse, duck and cow.

Sweet Inc Luxembourg.
have a look at her Facebook page, other than the photo series below, to really enjoy the beauty of those creations. And, of course, they also taste great!!!

To order any kind of decorated cookies or cakes, please contact Sweet Inc. :

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The tools

  • Camera: Leica SL
  • Lens: Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f/2.8
  • Flash: 1 Flash lamp on the right
  • Reflector: Lastolite round reflector 50mm
  • Various props and decorations

The final pictures

The shooting took me half a day, it was a simple setting, but I will show you the “behind the scenes” in a separate post, next week. Now enjoy the final pictures.

The Farm cookies – Series of 13

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Useful links:

To buy as prints or digital high resolution files, please go to my official porfolio page here:

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Thanks for reading, and see you for the next food shooting!

Cheers,
Sabino

 

Food Photography: Making of Orecchiette pasta

And here comes the weekend and so it is Food time! Last Sunday I was busy in making of fresh Orecchiette, a typical pasta from Puglia region in the south of Italy.

It was a fun photo shooting, also thanks to the support and participation of my wonderful wife.

Saturday is my Food Photography day!

Today I show you a selection of the 10 final pictures from this photo shooting, with just a bit of post editing with Adobe Lightroom, as the pictures were almost perfect in camera.

 

The tools

  • Camera: Leica SL
  • Lens: Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f/2.8
  • Reflector: Lastolite round reflector 50mm
  • Various props and decorations

The final pictures

The shooting took me half a day, it was a simple setting, but I will show you the “behind the scenes” in a separate post. Now enjoy the final pictures.

Orecchiette pasta, making of – Series of 10

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Useful links:

To buy as prints or digital high resolution files, please go to my official porfolio page here:

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Thanks for reading, and see you for the next food shooting!

Cheers,
Sabino

 

Food Photography – The Unicorn cookies made by Sweet Inc.

You know how I love food, either to prepare (cooking, baking…) or to photograph and, from this week on, I want to dedicate every Saturday to this subject.

Because Saturday is the day we can finally enjoy our time and have great lunch or dinner, away from the week pressure.

Each Saturday, I will show you behind the scenes of my photo sessions, as well final pictures, and some Food Photography tips or DIY decorations.

Saturday is my Food Photography day!

What’s better than starting this blog series with a Unicorn? So I hope it will bring me luck and good vibes!

Wonderful homemade cookies from Sweet Inc Luxembourg

The good news is that I’ve recently started a cool collaboration with a very talented girl who makes stunning and beautiful cookies and cakes, Sweet Inc Luxembourg. I suggest you to have a look at her Facebook page, other than the photo series below, to really enjoy the beauty of those creations. And, of course, they also taste great!!!

To order any kind of decorated cookies or cakes, please contact Sweet Inc. :

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The tools

  • Camera: Leica SL
  • Lens: Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f/2.8
  • Flashflash Speedlite 580EX II
  • Reflector: Lastolite round reflector 50mm
  • Various props and decorations

The final pictures

The shooting took me half a day, it was a simple setting, but I will show you the “behind the scenes” in a separate post, next week. Now enjoy the final pictures.

The Unicorn cookies – Series of 15

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Useful links:

To buy as prints or digital high resolution files, please go to my official porfolio page here:

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Thanks for reading, and see you for the next food shooting!

Cheers,
Sabino

 

Food Photography: the sea urchins

This time, the subject of my photo shooting is an extraordinary seafood, the symbol of my land, and delight to the palate: the sea urchin. Prickly but elegant coffer of the finest flavours and scents of the sea, this marine invertebrate is very photogenic thanks to its special and unique armour of thorns and to the elegant symmetry of the pulp inside, often vibrant and inviting.

A dive into my past, when “andavamo a fare i ricci”

When I was younger, “andare a fare i ricci” (dialect word to say to go fishing sea urchins), it was one of my favourite activities. At that time, hopefully, we lived much more ‘in harmony with nature and with the sea, without too many fears and distractions. As soon the summer began, free from school works, I used to wake up early every morning and the first thing I do was looking out the window to “feel” the wind. If there was “Bonaccia”, no wind, meant calm seas, I immediately called my two / three friends and we gave us an appointment “giu a casa” (down by my house) to go to the sea “a fare i ricci” (literally to make the sea urchins). Arrived on the rocky beach, our boat was a rickety canvas mattress, so, armed with flippers, masks, nets and knives, cheeky and a bit ‘reckless, swimming hard to go very far from the coast, using our legs as a motor.

Once in the right area, usually where the seabed is covered with a long, bushy seaweed Posidonia, we sat on the diving mask, we filled the lungs with a maximum area, and then straight down, with strong fin strokes, to touch bottom. At that moment, rocked by the sea currents and immersed in that world muffled and noiseless, we began an exciting treasure hunt. I slipped my hands through the long, enveloping algae to move them up until Ii spot the black and vivid thorns. Then, with a slow but experienced movement, I passed the knife right below the urchin, and with a tap, I detached it from the bottom so to let it jump in my free hand. That stinging sensation in the hand, filled my heart with joy and pride and with strong and proud fin strokes I climbed to the surface with the arm upwards.

The hand holding the fresh and alive sea urchins appears to the surface always before the head.

The photography set

To get a good result, I needed first of all that the sea urchins were full, with an abundant pulp and vibrant colors. A huge thanks goes to “pescheria da Cucuzza” of Mola di Bari, my dear friend Vito, a guarantee!

I made this photo shooting directly at my parents’ house, so in a situation of natural light coming from a window door, and using, as a support, the dining table. This time I also had two outstanding assistants: my mother (at the lights) and my father, stage assistant and model 🙂

As seen from backstage photos below, the set is very simple, in a situation of limited space, but the most ‘important is to always have a big window that get as much natural light as possible. For the rest, I fit with what I have available.

Apart from the usual still life photo, this time I also tried to build a sequence of photos in action, using a model (my father) while performing the typical genuine gesture of who eats the fresh pulp with a piece of bread, as the typical “scarpetta” in the pot. To realise this series, I placed myself behind him, on a chair, trying to get a framing as close as possible to his point of view, and therefore have the final image more dynamic and inviting.

No flash or artificial lights have been used to achieve these shots

The background

The basic idea was to get a natural shooting and warm, rustic, simple, home-style atmosphere. So I have used as the background of a beautiful texture of aged wood panel, and a cutting board, also old and with many cuts and signs of wear, and a beautiful wicker basket.

The light

As said before, I do not like artificial light, especially for the food, because it would make it cold and not appealing.
As the main source, I used the wonderful natural light through a glass door and, to open the shadows, in the opposite position, an A3 panel covered with aluminium foil.

The equipment

The camera used is a Canon 5D Mk III and as the lens, I used the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro for the close-up frames and the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 II USM, for the top views.

And here is the final result:




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Food Photography: Zeppole, St. Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Pastries

The subject of this new photo shooting is a dessert that takes me back in time to my childhood, when the days leading up to Father’s Day, the house was filled with a sweet scent of hot beignets and custard. I’m talking of “Zeppole di San Giuseppe”, delicious baked buns (also fried), filled with custard and decorated with icing sugar and cherry.

A pastry for daddy

According to tradition, these creamy donuts, are served on St. Joseph’s day, when Italy is celebrating Father’s Day. The days before this celebration, in my native village, Mola di Bari, in almost all the houses are already beginning to prepare the donuts, and local bakeries are full.

I’m lucky to have an amazing chef, my mom, and for my photo shooting I used the Zeppole di San Giuseppe prepared right from her.

The photography set

I made this photo shooting directly at my parents’ house, so in a situation of natural light coming from a window door and using, as a support, the dining table.

No flash, no artificial light have been used to achieve these shots.

The background

The basic idea was to get a natural shooting and warm, rustic, simple, home-style atmosphere. So I have used as the background of a beautiful texture of aged wood panel, and a cutting board, also old and with many cuts and signs of wear.

The light

As said before, I do not like artificial light, especially for the food, because it would make it cold and not appealing.
As the main source I used the wonderful natural light through a glass door and,  to open the shadows, in the opposite position, an A3 panel covered with aluminum foil.

The equipment

The camera used is a Canon 5D Mk III and as lens, I used always and only the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro, being the subject small and full of texture and details. I prefer to use the tele objective also to flatten the perspective and have a more ‘pleasant blur.

And here is the final result:


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