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I haven't posted much lately. Been busy.
I did not know where to post this since I'm not part of the photography nor the cooking group but anyway here goes.

I'm an avid cook. I do not aspire to write a cook book but I am often asked to either post my recipes on FB or share with friends. I've been trying to find a cute signature photo to do that and this is what I came up with.

The picture (iPhone) is for a horseradish, lemon mignonette i.e. a sauce for fresh oysters.

What do you guys think?

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It's actually ok, it definitely needs 3 things ..IMO

  1. Better lighting
  2. Use ungrated and unsqweezed lemons.
  3. Remove the debris and crumbs..they distract the eyes too much.

I realise you were going for the just done look, thus the finished product surrounded by the used ingredients.. I get that. But people eat and assess food with their eyes..its just human nature, so although the rustic fruit of my labour look is tricks the eye that it looks like leftovers.

Hitchens Level 8 June 13, 2018

I have mixed feelings about this picture... but it did attract and hold my attention, so in that respect, I think it's great, or... I suppose it has zest. smile009.gif
I've read some on the other comments and I don't disagree, with them, but art (photography) is very subjective. To me, it has a feel of something between contrived and spontaneous.
If you like it, that's all that really matters. smile001.gif
...and now I'm hungry.

scurry Level 8 June 13, 2018

A thought. Try a close up of the sauce and oysters in natural light and go for the textural contrast between wet, glistening oysters and the rough shell focused in the foreground. Natural vs manufactured glass. Let the background be out of focus. That would lend to anticipation of eating rather than anticipation of cleaning up.

I only have an iPhone


Where is the oyster

Actually I was asked to make 3 sauces for an oyster party I was invited.

id rather eat snot


I like your photo very much. The crowded lemons falling out of the picture plane and the knife jutting into it, the over head view...reminded me of a form of expressionism, perhaps mimicking the piquancy of your mignonette.

cava Level 7 June 13, 2018

I think you should join the food and photography groups.

MrLizard Level 8 June 13, 2018

That could too much for my procrastination management to handle.

@Lukian Your just procrastinating about joining.


That's a lovely photo. Lots to keep the interest and spur the imagination. Just looking at freshly squeezed lemons does something.


I agree the elements are OK, but I don't like the arrangement. Reminds me of cooking in an RV without enough counter space. Have your tried something with more different colors? A artfully prepared serving with an interesting texture, perhaps?

Strangely, I think that makes it a more "honest" photo. I like that about it. Many cookbook photos are too well arranged and "food styled". (I used to know a Food Stylist)

@MrLizard That is what I was kinda going for. Little or no staging (apart from bringing everything on the board) but really show the ingredients as they appear after completing the recipe.

Would a beautiful blonde add texture ?

@VAL3941 none was available at the time

But this is a dating site, find one ?

@VAL3941 ha! Committed guy here.

I try ? Lol


I hate cooking...but that pic is surely catchy and original...and refreshing! So I vote, a yes on the pic and ofcourse I love people ‘that cook!’

I'm cooking my dear, is that OK ?

ill let anyone cook for me

Sorry, you misunderstood !


Looks like you have to clean your workspace ??

VAL3941 Level 8 June 13, 2018

As someone with lifelong interest in photography, I recommend making the image less busy. If you look at the way food is presented on a plate in gourmet restaurants, simplicity prevails. The separate elements you have chosen work well in a yellow palate but need to be arranged better. Don't have the lemons falling off board for example.

RDaneel Level 5 June 13, 2018

...’lemons falling’..,I see what you mean!

And pur some cherries in there for color and a beautiful women as well as a sales gimmick ! LOL


Cool pic! The dish sounds delicious. Why aren't you in the cooking group? Seems like you would have a lot to contribute.

dkp93 Level 7 June 12, 2018

His work space is too untidy !

@VAL3941 I'm sure it's just composed for the photo.

It is still untidy, no matter which way you look at it. Only a beautiful, scantilly dressed lady in the pic will make it look better ? Don't you want to volunteer ? LOL

@VAL3941 Gross. Don't be that guy. That's how men get themselves reported and blocked.

Wasn't picking on you, any beautiful women would have done !

@VAL3941 I was speaking for all women. And I'm done here.

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