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?
It's actually ok, it definitely needs 3 things ..IMO
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 laudible..it tricks the eye that it looks like leftovers.
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.
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.
...and now I'm hungry.
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.
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.