Back in the day, I was really into photography, specifically during high school and college. I took many classes, most of which were on black and white photography and was so enamored with the idea of telling a story through a single captured image that I even hoped to become a photojournalist.
However, the second semester of my senior year of college I enrolled in an advanced color photography class. It was interesting at first to learn about different types of light but I quickly grew bored and wound up dropping the class. Part of the reason was a strong case of senioritis, and the other part was that I missed working with my hands the same way I had in the darkroom when I’d processed my own film and developed the prints. Not to mention that the photo world was rapidly turning digital and I wasn’t sure I was on board with that.
As the years went by (wow, I’m sounding old) I continued to take pictures with a point-and-shoot digital camera but had lost the passion and exuberance I’d once had for photography. But at the same time I was getting more and more into cooking, eventually even quitting my job and attending culinary school.
I eventually saw the connection between those two hobbies: both involved creativity and were physical in working with my hands and standing on my feet for hours. It was when I lost the ability to work in the darkroom that I turned to food, and now there’s nothing greater than when my hands smell like garlic hours after using it, just like they used to smell of fixer.
Recently I started taking my food photography more seriously and am finding it to be the best of both worlds. That’s why I was intrigued when Culinary Snapshots announced a new segment called “Through My Lens.” The idea was simple: everyone would prepare the same recipe and photograph it so we could see the different interpretations. Seriously, such a cool exercise.
The recipe to photograph was Lisa’s Swirled Chocolate Chip Cookies, which was fast and easy to make although it helped that I made a half batch – I just couldn’t handle having all those cookies here. It took me a few tries to get a photograph I liked and even then I did a bit of editing, which I try not to do on a regular basis. I prefer to experiment with lighting and exposure but it can be difficult to get natural light in my apartment.
This photo was cropped and the brightness and contrast were increased slightly.
Shutter speed: 0″6
Exposure compensation: +1/3
Here’s the unedited photo: