Hibiscus Iced Tea at Montclair Ethiopian Restaurant of Montclair, NJ

Hibiscus Iced Tea Photo

Hibiscus Iced Tea Photo

I finally did it.  I started a blog to share my love of digital food photography and to post shots and my feelings about those shots I’ve been taking over the past couple of years.  And yes, you will also find a recipe or two, from my own creations in the kitchen.

On this blog, you’ll find some food shots I took, using a Canon Elph point and shoot, Canon Rebel and yes, my trusty ever-present iPhone.  I’ll use anything – whatever I can get my hands on at the time, paying attention to lighting, composition, and food styling.  Yes, later this year, I will be going full out DSLR, but I used what I had at the time.

I took this shot for Mesob Restaurant (check out Flickr for more), going into the summer months earlier this year.  I wanted to showcase a summer drink, using a window sign, table cards, e-mail marketing, social media, and also the Mesob Restaurant’s website (where you can also find more photos).

I wanted to shoot in natural lighting, as there are only two tables in this restaurant near the window.  With afternoon meetings every week, I learned that the best time of day to shoot this would be around 1 or 2 pm (in early Spring).

I staged this shot with the Ethiopian table as the back drop (Mesob), a chair, lemons, and hibiscus in a small dish.  The yellow cloth napkins work really nicely with the burnt orange wall color, and shiny dark wood table.

Notice the ice peeking out over the glass.  All ice was placed in the glass before the reddish tea was poured into the back of the glass, only halfway up (and it was chilled, so as not to melt the ice right away.  The ice at the top of the glass you’ll notice is white and it pops.

The glass itself was sprayed using a fine moist water bottle so as to create a cooling condensation look.

If I had to do it over again, I would have used a reflecting sheet to pop out the shadow in the upper left portion of the glass.  And also I would have used a DSLR for a larger aperture, and more light.  But for point and shoot, using what you’ve got, the photo was a success, and it is one of the most popular drinks on the menu.

This shot made me want to continue learning about food styling for shooting food.  It was a great exercise and first stab at really using more than just one food styling tool!

If you’ve got tips or questions about shooting food you love to eat (or beverages you may love to drink!), please post your comments right here – all are welcome!

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