Monday, February 20, 2012

Veggies Two Ways

Have you ever considered the Carrot?
The Root

This month in the food photography challenge we have Veggies Two Ways. As I walked through the produce section I wondered if Veggies ever get a complex. You see, their cousins, fruits, are often quite beautiful straight off the tree or vine or bush. Veggies on the other hand, well they may have a few self esteem issues with their hairy roots and often subdued colors. Take the potato for instance. He's a hard worker, tastes great, but a bit bland in front of a camera. I decided to go for color. The carrot has a beautiful hue...but it is also a large part of it's difficulty in front of camera. Too much saturation and it can look fake. Thus this month's challenge. I decided to go simple with the straight out of the ground look then a simple steaming. Carrot au natural you might say. Since there isn't alot of extra things going on it was very important to me to get color right and to get movement in the form of steam drifting off the luscious roots. I won't say I nailed it because I can see my errors, but I will say I learned to appreciate the carrot in a new way. And...bon appetite!

My Friend the Carrot

Next take a whirl around the food world with Carey Pace | Kingsport TN photographer and her YUMMY look at Cauliflower!

12 comments:

1kimekelly@gmail.com said...

Kat... your shots are beautiful! I really like the dark background on the cooked version, it shows off the carrots beautifully and the steam? Just awesome! well done!

Kimma said...

Yeah - way to go on the steam! Food is hard for me, though I keep trying. :) These carrots look so yummy!

Stacey S said...

A BEAUTIFUL diptych Kat!! I love the beautiful light on the carrots and the contrast with the dark background. You did a gorgeous job :)

Tiffany | Develop said...

Beautiful work, Kat! I tried carrots and gave up. They were too long and skinny. Love your composition with the greens in the back. Love the dark and moody feel to them too. Makes me feel warm and cozy!

Kay Pickens said...

These look great! I'm one of those people who just love, love carrots. Raw, cooked, in recipes. These look so yummy!

Tammy Bilodeau said...

I also like the dark backdrop, the bright carrots and that big fat piece of butter on top of the cooked ones! Yummy Nice work.

Jana said...

Love how the colors turned out.

Allison Jacobs said...

I love those rich deep colors & your perfect cut of butter!

Carey said...

I like how you set these images off with Black. That really works with these photos!!! I adore that carrot shot and the way the light bounces off the carrots - you found some gorgeous specimens!!!

Laurie said...

Beautiful photo's Kathryn.. I too love the black background capturing the steam from the cooked vegetable. I have always loved photo's like this. You did an amazing job!! I love the cooked version sooo much.. I'd like to see it enlarged. It deserves a a large place on your blog! :)

Kirsten said...

Oohh love the rish tones in these! I tried some carrot shots for my recipe...but they did NOT turn out this fresh looking! Awesome job!

Peggy said...

You'll have to look in the Reader's Digest this month. They had some interesting vegetable art pictures!