Our Favorite Reader Photos from the "Food (& Drink) Photography" Assignment


Pistachio Pesto Pasta
Christin McKamey captured this pretty pasta with a Canon EOS 6D and a 100mm lens at f/5.6, 1/50 second, ISO 200. McKamey used a Lowel Ego light with a reflector and a whiteboard.
© Christin McKamey

If you think about all the people snapping shots of their favorite meals with their smartphones these days, you might say food photography is one of the more popular imaging genres right now. But while many of these phoned-in food photos end up on Instagram and other social networks, most of the images are downright unappetizing. For this assignment, we were looking for food (and drink) images that were not only beautifully composed, compellingly lit, and so mouth-watering they would make our stomachs growl, we were looking for photos that captured cuisine from a unique or interesting angle. And Shutterbug readers delivered, with a range of tasty photos of fine fare and libations. Here are our 10 favorite food and drink images, including one swell shot that was captured with an iPhone. Go figure.

Tomato and Honey Drip
“The chef’s grandmother made this delicious combination of red ripe tomatoes, honey, and cracked pepper,” Jerry Deutsch says.
© Jerry Deutsch

Red on Black
We don’t usually choose two winning photos from one photographer but Jerry Deutsch had such great stuff this month, we made an exception. Along with his “Tomato and Honey Drip” photo, we loved this wine shot from Deutsch. “I was practicing the technique to rim light the edge of the glass,” he notes. “I wanted to have a red wine pour, but what I didn’t expect were the bubbles. I think that the bubbles make this image.”
© Jerry Deutsch

Orange Splash
Pierre Tessier captured this effervescent drink with a Nikon D800E and a Tamron 24-70mm lens at f/5.6. The exposure was 1.3 seconds at ISO 320 and the flash was fired on a manual burst.
© Pierre Tessier

“Galliano on the rocks” is all Rich Helmer wrote in describing this appealing drink. The image definitely makes a splash on its own.
© Bob Larson

The Breakfast Sandwich
“A special breakfast sandwich,” Brendan T. Kelly writes about this oddly appealing creation. “Egg over easy, Toscano black pepper cheese, black truffle salami, red and orange peppers, stacked between two lovely Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Life is good!!!! It was AWESOME!!! Taken with my trusty sidekick, the iPhone 6.”
© Brendan T. Kelly

Arnold Benetti captured this artistic shot of a bowl of lemons with a Canon EOS 7D and a Sigma 30mm lens at f/16, ISO 400 with the exposure at 0.4 seconds. The lighting for this photo was natural sunlight.
© Arnold Benetti

Cheese and Balsamic
This image by Harrison Epstein of Chef Massimo Bottura’s aged balsamic and parmigiano was captured with a Canon EOS 6D and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens at 105mm, f/5, ISO 400, 1/80 second.
© Harrison Epstein

This delicious-looking cannoli was shot by Kathleen Finnerty using a Nikon Coolpix P900 in natural light at 1/160 second, f/2.8, ISO 100.
© Kathleen Finnerty

U-Pick Blueberries
“I love blueberries. I grow them. I eat them every day,” photographer Kevin Mark Eberhart says. “I like going down the road to the U-Pick farm and stocking up on these fat Oregon berries, too. After I washed these, I noticed what a lovely sheen they had, which really showed off their amazing color. So I grabbed my Olympus C-730 to immortalize them.” The image was shot at 0.6 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100, 39.4mm.
© Kevin Mark

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Close-Up and Macro Photography

Are you ready for your close-up? You’d better be if you want to enter our next Picture This! assignment. Macro photography has long been a favorite of Shutterbug readers so now’s your chance to show us your best close-up images. While there are many classic macro subjects to capture, including flowers, plant life, and insects, try to push yourself and show us some close-ups we’ve never seen before. The key is to get the points of interest in an image as sharp as can be to draw the viewer into these often-microscopic photographic scenes. Think small but go big for maximum impact with your macro images.

Bee Scene
I shot this close-up shot of a bee pollinating a colorful flower while testing the Tamron 60mm f/2.0 1:1 Macro lens for a review in 2009. Here’s the short version of that lens review in case you missed it: I loved it! I paired the lens with a Canon EOS 50D and shot this image at 60mm, f/2, 1/1000 second, ISO 500. I love the fiery color of this photo along with the amazing, tiny point of focus on the bee’s wing. The beautiful bokeh in the background doesn’t blur out the copious amounts of detail in this shot. You can even see the tiny bits of pollen on the bee’s back, proving the incredible power of macro photography.
© Dan Havlik

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2. Check the assignment and closing dates in the magazine. When the magazine is printed we will create an appropriate gallery for your images. The limit is two images per assignment.

3. Select and prepare your images. We only accept files at a maximum 5MB size, JPEG format. Save the JPEG at a quality level of 10 or higher. Note that file size in your image folder directory will determine upload size, not the “opened” file size, as JPEG compresses at 1:4 at higher quality ratings. If your images do not load it probably means you have exceeded the file size or have not used JPEG format.

4. Click on the Galleries tab on the homepage. In the Category section use the drop-down menu to select the Picture This! assignment. Note that images are simultaneously loaded into the assignment category as well as your own personal gallery. When the Picture This! assignment deadline date has lapsed the assignment gallery will be removed, but your images will still reside in your own gallery.

5. In the Description box add title, camera, lens, exposure information, and your full name. Also add any other comments or anecdotes you think relevant. We reserve the right to edit comments as needed.

6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. This uploads the image.

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Deadline for submission: May 1, 2016.
Images will appear in our August 2016 issue.

Our next topic: Dazzling Color
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Publication Date: September 2016

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