Thursday, July 22, 2010

OT: Fish are (photogenic) friends, not food.

[Caveat: there's no food in this post!]
["Just keep swimming"]

As a food photographer, it's sometimes nice to remind myself that there's a wider world out there beyond my tabletop and to take the time to point my camera at something completely new, different, and exciting.  Last week, a few of my favorite photographer friends and I tripped down to the marvelous Monterey Bay Aquarium, something we'd been intending to do for quite some time now.  It was refreshing to be shooting something completely unlike what I've been used to, but more so, it was just incredibly inspiring to see examples of the utterly amazing natural world around us.  I really wanted to share what I saw that day through my lens with you, so I hope you excuse and enjoy this one off-topic, non-food post.  To quote Finding Nemo, in this case, "Fish are friends, not food." ;-)

["Up"]

[Clockwise from top left: "Ghosts"; "Alight";
 "the Secret Lives of Seahorses I"; "Upwards and Onwards"]

["the Wonder-filled Connect"]

["Frenetic Float"]

["and the whole world spins around you"]

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


One more after the jump...


["Follow the Leader"]

12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photography, Steph. Your photography talent clearly extends beyond food and I'm glad you're using it regularly :). I love that you named each one and I especially like the photo with the little girl.

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  2. Wow, beautiful photos. They are all beautiful but I find the black and white ones simply stunning. My favorites are Up and Upwards and Onwards.

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  3. You inspire me. Wow. What amazing photographs!

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  4. What beautiful photos - especially as it must be pretty difficult to shoot into an aquarium like that with the glass and all. I think the jellyfish ones are my favourites.

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  5. Thank you so much, everyone!

    @Xiaolu: Unfortunately, I don't get to shoot things beyond food quite so regularly, but I relish the opportunity when I get it!

    @Felice: Thank you--those are two of my favorite, too.

    @Kristen: We should form a mutual inspiration club? Your post today had me tearing up.

    @Poires au Chocolat: It was definitely different shooting in the aquarium. Food photography turns you into such a natural and available light shooter that I really had to work on my low-light techniques. At the same time, though, I think the lessons we learn as food photographers serve us really well in all contexts!

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  6. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog so that I could find yours. Your photos are absolutely stunning.... and so many tempting recipes! Plus you are a Bay Area girl too. Count me in as a new reader.

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  7. @yummy supper: thanks for stopping by here, too! Are you from the Bay Area, too?

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  8. I'd have to say "up" and "frenetic float" are the photos that I favour..

    As much as I love your cooking posts, I have to say that your photography posts are just as much a treat. (I'm thinking about when you went to the woods as well).

    p.s on a random note, I was eating blackforest pancakes on the weekend and thought about how it would be like if there was corn in my pancakes too...not sure about chocolate combo with corn though!

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  9. @Iris: thank you so much! :-) Black forest pancakes sure sound yum. I must try them at some point--maybe while cherries are still in season. The idea of chocolate and corn is super intriguing, too... will have to give that one some serious thought. It *might* just work, and I like a challenge!

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  10. @Iris: thank you so much! :-) Black forest pancakes sure sound yum. I must try them at some point--maybe while cherries are still in season. The idea of chocolate and corn is super intriguing, too... will have to give that one some serious thought. It *might* just work, and I like a challenge!

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  11. @yummy supper: thanks for stopping by here, too! Are you from the Bay Area, too?

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  12. uhhmazing photos!  I've never been able to get such clear photos at the aquarium, the fish usually swim too fast or I get glare from the glass. I've been browsing through all you old posts and I also love your black forest gateau!

    -Melanie
    http://continuousfocus.wordpress.com/

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