I’ve been naughty lately.
To be specific, I’ve been spending a lot. On what? Food photography related items of course. Most food bloggers and photographers/stylists will understand the dilemma of budget vs want. When it comes to colourful spoons, vintage pots or an extra lens, it’s always easier to buy first and think later. Well, for me anyway.
My latest lens addition is the Sigma 30mm f1.4 which I’ve been looking to buy for the longest time. I usually take out my Canon 50mm f1.4 to restaurants because it’s compact, light and works like a charm. Being a prime lens though, sometimes it’s just a bit too cramped in the restaurant to even fit a full dish in. I haven’t had the chance to try Canon’s 35mm f1.4 but due to its hefty price tag, I opted for the cheaper Sigma version. And the verdict? I love it! It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting. It’s a tiny bit heavier than the Canon 50mm but not enough to make much difference.
The food photos in this post were all taken with the new Sigma lens.
I will be using the Sigma instead of the Canon 50mm at restaurants from now on but of course, I still love my Canon lens…I’ll still put it to good use in other ways.
Like many food bloggers and amateur photographers, I’m a big fan of Tartelette, Cannille et Vanille and La Tartine Gourmande food blogs. For people who are familiar with these blogs would probably be familiar with the following vibrant, plastic cutlery.
Yes, I was so in love with their photos that I purchased the whole 12 sets of this lovely DeLuxe 2000 range from Pandora Designs in Italy. It wasn’t easy making the purchase, both in terms of letting go of the money (12 sets costed a hefty 99euro plus 80euro for shipping to Melbourne through DHL, total costing $230AUD) and the fact that their website was completely in Italian. It became easy enough when I emailed them at firstname.lastname@example.org, Daniella who helped me with the purchase was very efficient and nice.
I used the orange fork in the above and below photos, but in terms of prices, that’s up to you to decide if they’re worth it. I love them so I’d get them again if I had the choice.
So I have my eyes set on the Canon 5D MarkIII as well but that’s a little too out of budget at the moment. Hopefully by end of the year I’d get my hands on one.
Question time: Do you have an addiction to purchasing food props or camera gear? What’s on your wish list at the moment?
RECIPE: Poached eggs, pancetta and spinach toast
Makes 4 servings
4 pieces of toast or other bread of choice
Handful of spinach
4 pieces of thinly cut pancetta
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Boil half pot of water in a medium pot
2. Turn heat down to medium/low, or until you see tiny bubbles rise to the surface
3. Crack an egg into a small bowl. Use a spoon or anything long to twirl the water in a clockwise direction until the water is spinning.
4. Let the water settle slightly, then carefully slip the cracked egg into the centre of the pot, keeping the bowl close to the water surface as you do so. The twirling water will keep the egg white close to the yolk.
5. Let the egg sit in the water (which is on low heat) for around 4 minutes and then carefully remove from the water.
6. Toast bread and place spinach (slightly blanched or raw), 1 piece of pancetta and poached egg on the bread.
7. Season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and serve.