On Assignment: Cocoro Restaurant – Sushi Dish

Gearing up for Restaurant week is always quite the task.. driving around all day restaurant to restaurant, jump out wait on meals setup, shoot and repeat for up to 6 restaurants in one day. It can be quite tiring as opposed to how awesome most “Foodies” think my job is at this time of year.

The second factor is always how Mundane photographing food has become. you light it, you get close, you use shallow dof, you treat it like still life after trying all kinds of other ways to make it exciting again it all comes back to being shooting something in a dish -_-. This year i decided to bring out the macro on a few of the assignments and really get close, cropping in on the Dish and everything just to focus on that which really matters.. The Food. Of course this method wont work for everything, not every meal is fun to look at as Sushi.. where a Macro easily works for it.

Above we have a dish from Cocoro at the mayfair hotel Memory Fails me as to what exactly its called May be a Salmon Roll. I decided to cross light it on a diagonal and shoot it with the nikon 60mm Micro I was fairly Pleased with the results.. not enough to submit it for publication though but pleased non the less. For light I used the sb900 modded by the Lumiquest SBIII camera left before subject and a sb-28 Snooted camera left behind subject.

Author: Taylor

Award winning photojournalist specializing in lifestyle oriented assignments but not limited to that field. My other area of interest is sports and environmental portraiture I've photographed many fashion editorials for the Jamaica Gleaner's Flair Magazine among other photojournalism assignments for the gleaners daily publications ranging from sports, special features, food, lifestyle and Hard News. My inspirations come from photographers such as Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, David Hobby, Annie Leibovitz, Jerry Ghionis, Joe Buissink among others. The long and short of it all though is I love taking photos and Making things look beautiful..

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  1. Nice! I’m assuming this was one of those macro shots… but what was the lighting setup like for this photo? Did you use a scrim, shoot through umbrella, a light tent or bounce the flash?

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    • I did hint at it a bit in the post. I won’t talk flash powers as its u important at this point but both lights were on the camera left. One in front of subject and one behind. Front light was a sb900 in a lumiquest SBIII (see it in use in an earlier past with Sculpter Rob) the other was a snorted and gridded sb28

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  2. Just seeing that last paragraph with the details. Didn’t see it before on the device I was reading the article on. Cool beans!

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