Category Archives: NYT Diner’s Journal

Picnic Pleasures…

_C5A9825Haricots verts, corn and carrot salad with mustard vinaigrette was the simple pleasure of the picnic story that ran in the Good Appetite column this week. See the recipe here.


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TV Beckons…Well sort of.

51E2np9vRVL._SY300_Over the past year in addition to my other assignments, I shot a cookbook for the ABC TV show The Chew. Some of the other things I have been doing outside of my studio, as many of you know, is teaching food photography workshops and speaking at blogger conferences about food photography. On top of that the Outtakes column on The New York Times Diner’s Journal has given me the opportunity to share what I know with a broader audience still. Well, I am getting yet another wonderful opportunity to do more of the same.

The Chew has invited me to be part of a segment on “Taking Better Blog Pictures” and it will run Wednesday May 22nd at 1pm ET. It will also be available on the web later that week. I hope you will be able to check it out.


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Variety is…

Here is a selection of some of the fun things I have been working on lately. The first shot is from Eating Well, a feature on Thai food that appears in this month’s issue. The next is a shot of maple syrup with a makeup brush from New You Magazine. It was a  feature on Foods for Beauty. The third is a pasta machine for the product pages in La Cucina Italiana. Also, if you have been following me on Twitter you have seen that I have been writing the Outtakes column on food photography for the New York Times Diner’s Journal for the past few months. Please jump over there and have a look.




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Turnip Slaw Still Life…

8C5A8219_1I was going to run this for my new Outtakes column on Diner’s Journal but I was a little late. Glad to be able to share it here.

With a subject as simple and somewhat monochromatic as this Turnip Slaw by Melissa Clark , published earlier this month, it helped to take an all or nothing approach. White on white on white may seem like it has little to offer on the surface but when you begin to see the subtle variations in color, light quality and tone it can make for a beautiful study. The image that ran with the story is a more traditional approach to food photography where this effort is more of an indulgence. I am inspired by the cover paintings of Cook’s Illustrated and seek to make my own art in that vein whenever possible.

By adding the bold architecture of the bottle and grinder and to the image and by keeping the depth of field very shallow the image took on an ethereal quality that I found very appealing. Also, the fold in the napkin gives the overall composition a lived in look, less fussy and formal. The distance from the viewer is intentional, meant to give the illusion of having to stand back and look at the spaces around the shapes. It did not surprise me that this was not the image that ran with the story because this is more about form and shape rather than food but making pictures like this  is an exercise in being versatile and following your influences as an artist.


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Hipsta Qi…

I was sent to Pichet Ong’s new Qi in Times Square to cover their opening today and broke out 3 different cameras to experiment a bit…I included some funky iPhone Hipstamatic shots (John S lens and Blanko Film) in my selects. I submitted images from all three cameras (my Canon 5d M2, a Lumix GF1 and the iPhone) and much to my pleasure and surprise these Hispsta prints made the cut. Here are the shot that ran. Go check out this space if you are in the area…it’s pretty cool…and bring your iPhone.

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Mastering Pour Shots: On DJ

Today on Diner’s Journal I discuss the trials and tribulations, triumphs and disasters involved in trying to execute a stop action pour shot. Join me over at my other blogging home for some tips.

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Smoke, Steam and Flames: On DJ

You asked for it and here it is…a brief overview of how to get some of those sultry, mysterious steam, smoke and flame shots. Come over and visit NYT Diner’s Journal today for the rundown.


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