Today, though, I had a spectator... a random staff member who watched me taking pictures and wondered what I was up to. I explained that I do take pictures of a lot of what I eat, partly out of habit, but this time it was because we needed pictures for Cornell Dining to promote the new stuff!
Today I needed to get a picture of the hash browns that go along with the breakfast sandwiches and french toast sticks I photographed a couple of weeks ago, but weren't in yet when I took those pics, and the new swiss mushroom melt burger that's starting next week to celebrate National Mushroom Month. (Did you know? I didn't.)
The burger was great! I don't really love the greasy bread of a burger melt, and would usually prefer a roll, but this was really, really tasty. They're sautéing the mushrooms in a little butter, and the sauce on top is a dijon honey mustard. I'll definitely go back for this one next month.
My spectator commented that his eight-year-old son recently pointed out how different the food you get to eat looks from the picture of it in the ad, or on the menu. Pretty observant little kid! Fast food, in particular, can be tough to photograph and make it look good. The stuff in the ads is not coming out of one of the real fast food kitchens, but even those I can sometimes make look all right.
This Wendy's double is a good example. It's not "pretty," but it looks good enough to make me want to eat a burger. In this case, the remarkable light around sunset played a really big role. I used sunlight in today's shoot, too, since pretty much everything looks better that way than with a flash, but you don't always get to choose. A Wendy's burger usually looks a lot more like this.