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

 

All about FOOD: follow my new profile on Instagram


Here’s a good news for those who follow me and shares my same passion for food: I’ve decided to start a new Instagram profile, just and completely dedicated to my culinary theme photography.

For those who did not know it, Food is one of my favourite subjects, after street photography and people, and in this new feed you will find all my photos made during my studio sessions, so still life, but also videos and photos made during my travels, especially in local markets.

The profile to follow is sabinoparente_food and the link below to my feed.

https://www.instagram.com/sabinoparente_food/

Follow me many! Buon Appetito,

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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Juana la loca, quality tapas in Madrid

Today we are Madrid, enjoying a fun day out, walking between “las callas” of the city. At the end of the day, at sundown, we’ve started to feel that’s relentless desire to eat tapas, those delightful snacks or finger food, typical of Spain, excellent for an aperitif but often abundant even for a dinner, accompanied perhaps with a good “vino tinto”.

But, how to choose from the vast jungle of bars and restaurants and avoid the most tourist and low quality ones?
Luckily, I have a good name on my travel notes, and tonight I want to give it a try foryou! 🙂

Juana, la loca!

Pintxos bars, (from “pincho“, a term used in north-central Spain, the cumulative tapa), Juana la loca, is the ideal place for those who like to eat well without spending a fortune,
Surely, there are cheaper tapas bars nearby but, in my opinion, the high quality of food, the refinement in the choice of menu and the exquisite presentation of dishes, it is not for everyone.

Only one negative note: be patient, because it’s a very popular place so you may be forced to also long waits (in our case only, half an hour)
I recommend you to visit their website and eventually to book beforehand.

Where?

Juana la loca, pinchos bar – Madrid /quartiere La Latina, Plaza della Puerta de Moros 4 – Website: http://juanalalocamadrid.com/

‘Must try’ dish

Their special tortilla stuffed caramelized onions (if I’ve digested, go easy!).

ciao e alla prossima,
Elena

Food photography with a Leica M? Yes we can!

Italy is the heaven for genuine food and whenever I travel to visit my family in my hometown Mola di Bari, Puglia, I’m always tempted to organize a Food photography shooting taking the chance of having fresh fruits and vegetables from my parent’s farm and amazing prepared food from the best chef in the world: my mom! :-p

But I always change my mind as I’m annoyed to carry over big and heavy equipment as for instance, the Canon 5D III, the EF 100mm macro and the EF 24-70mm IS II, for a short and relaxing stay of few days. Recently I’ve paired my DSLR equipment with a Leica M typ 262 and, whenever I travel, that’s my camera to go, other than I want it to become my only equipment for any usage.

I know this will be a challenge, but the more i discover the rangefinder world, the more i love it, and the more i use it.

I was enjoying the time in my sunny Puglia and my father, who knows what I like and what I need, showed me a picture he took whit his iPhone, of a little pomegranate on a nice, old, “ugly” wooden banquet. The overall look and feel of the picture was really interesting for me as for long time I was looking for a wooden background like that, with a natural feel but strongly marked by the time.

But I was there, with “only” my Leica M and a Summicron M 50mm f2 and the Tele-Elmarit M 90mm f2.8 in my bag and I could not take the banquet with me on the way back to Luxembourg… and the good fresh food was there too… the opportunity was too tempting…

why not give the Leica M a try? Even if i could not get close without a macro lens…

So I’ve prepared a very simple set, with the banquet, a light reflector made with a standard aluminium foil and mounted the camera on the tripod right on top of the food.

Food photography set

 

In this video i’m just showing some behind the scenes and the final result, after some post production improvements with Adobe Lightroom.

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Fresh raw walnuts on a wooden background

Fresh raw walnuts on a wooden background

Fresh raw chestnuts on a wooden background

Fresh raw chestnuts on a wooden background

Fresh raw tomatoes on a wooden background

Fresh raw tomatoes on a wooden background

Fresh raw tomatoes on a wooden background

Fresh raw tomatoes on a wooden background

Raw fresh zucchini on a wooden background

Raw fresh zucchini on a wooden background

Delicious slice of fresh pecorino cheese from Italy

Delicious slice of fresh pecorino cheese from Italy

Natural leaves of Aloe Vera plant

Natural leaves of Aloe Vera plant

Cute small pomegranate on wooden background

Cute small pomegranate on wooden background

Fresh raw red mullet on wooden background

Fresh raw redfish on wooden background

Traditional pasta with stuffed mussels and tomato sauce, typical from Puglia

Traditional pasta with stuffed mussels and tomato sauce, typical from Puglia

Traditional stuffed mussels with tomato sauce, typical from Puglia

Traditional stuffed mussels with tomato sauce, typical from Puglia

Typical taralli snack from Apulia region in Italy

Typical taralli snack from Apulia region in Italy

Typical taralli snack from Apulia region in Italy

Typical taralli snack from Apulia region in Italy

Sasanelli, delicious traditional pastries from Puglia, Italy

Sasanelli, delicious traditional pastries from Puglia, Italy

Fresh baked bread on a wooden table

Fresh baked bread on a wooden table

Bocconotti, traditional home made pastries from south of italy

Bocconotti, traditional home made pastries from south of italy

Bocconotti, traditional home made pastries from south of italy

Bocconotti, traditional home made pastries from south of italy

 

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