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Food Photography

There are real problems with taking photographs of food as it arrives in a restaurant.
  • The food is designed to be eaten at a certain temperature. It may rapidly lose that temperature if photograhy keeps it waiting.

  • The lighting in restaurants is rarely condusive to good photography.

  • Using a flash or a tripod is particularly disruptive for other patrons.

On the other hand, it means I can show you what we ate last night at The Lock Bar and Restaurant.

Wood pigeon perched on a fabulous, bird-stock-rich bright-pink beetroot risotto (starter)

Haddock Pilchard with pasta bake (starter)

Flowery-herbed pork with crackling, potatoes-and-cabbage, black pudding roundel, soft-cooked apple, and pulses

A mountain of aged beef, with sides (for two people)

Risotto (vegetarian)

Peach soup with vanilla rice pudding (slightly undercooked rice, otherwise lovely)

Hot chocolate fondant with cinnamon ice cream

Frangipane tart with berry jelly and sorbet


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
I love the way they put things in glasses. I've not seen that before.
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
This post brings back such pleasant memories of being there last year for the celebration. Yay for photogenic (and tasty) birthday food!
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
woot! :)
Jul. 27th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Wow. It all looks wonderful.
Jul. 27th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Ohhh, that looks so good. (And you weren't kidding about that mountain of beef, wow.)
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Looks lovely - wish I could have been there (for the company, too, not just the food ;) )
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
It would have been good to see you too!
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
I believe the things with the pasta bake were pilchards. They came with a rich mushroomy sauce on top, and were really very tasty.

If I go again, I will order the Beef Mountain.

It was lovely to see you again!
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Beef Mountain: Don't forget to bring along someone to eat it with you!

Thanks for the correction. We never did ask about the mushrooms, did we.
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Sorry we couldn't make it, but glad it was a good one!
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
What? That was last Friday. Damn, damn, damn.

I'm really sorry I missed it (and jealous too, having seen the photos). I appear to have forgotten to add it to my calendar, and had thought it was this week. A thousand apologies.
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
It's okay. I was hoping you'd just forgotten and not - say - were laid up in hospital or otherwise afflicted with emergency. Still, you could have ordered still other things for me to delay with photographs!
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