Get pushed challenge - food photography

My challenge from @julieco was "to have a go at food photography as though it were for a cookery book or magazine article."

This was a really interesting push. Firstly I don't really think all that much about the presentation of the food and secondly I rarely if ever look at magazines or articles about food - I think I have one maybe 2 cookbooks around the house - I have no idea where they are.... So I had a look at the Saturday and Sunday magazines that come with newspaper and I was actually quite surprised to see how simple and how pretty the food is made to look. Most of the pictures I looked at were simple, uncluttered shots with maybe just a spoon or fork added for interest. This isn't my usual style of photographing at all. I like lots of interest points and colour in my pictures.

Anyway, I choose these vegetarian Chinese dumplings as my subject. I then spent quite a lot of time arranging the food in different ways to see what looked pleasing to my eye. I took hundreds of pictures and liked the arrangement of this one best. On reflection now I wish I had put them all the same way up as the middle one, but at the time I wanted to add some interest to the picture. I ended up sprinkling of oregano around the plate [which is totally inappropriate] because it just looked so empty to me...

I had some difficulty with the lighting in the picture. I only have the on camera flash and I think you can see how the plate is unevenly lit as well as some flash reflection. In adjusting the colours after, the white paper I had to the left of the plate ended up with an awful blue hue, so I edited it out in PS. I don't like the end result much, the white is too bright compared to the plate, but I just ran out of time to do anything more with it.

This challenge was fun and it was certainly different. It really made me think about composition and presentation.
Thanks for the push @julieco
posted October 9th, 2015  
looks good to me! I like the overall appeal and composition ~ and the food looks delicious as well ~ I guess that is what's important ;)
posted October 9th, 2015  
Well I think that you have given it a great new twist. Good that you tried something different and I like the patterned arc as a foil to the White plate and background.
posted October 9th, 2015  
Thanks Tari @sitiodown for your kind comments. These dumplings are so delicious. Most times when I have Chinese, I order them.

Thanks @julieco
posted October 10th, 2015  
great composition ... very different from your beautiful nature shots... love the plate, beautifully composed and captured
posted October 11th, 2015  
Thank you so much @lynnz for your very kind comments.
posted October 12th, 2015  
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