Tomato #1 -Nikon D50 – exposure bias (-0.3 step) – F5.6 – 1/10 sec. – Focal length 55mm-
When I was little (like, a senior in college) I had hopes and aspirations of becoming some kind of artist. I wanted to become a photographer. And I had no clue how to get there. Am I a photographer now? Who determines when I am, or when I’m not? Who can judge whether I’m good or bad?
I had a professor tell me to waitress a few years until I ‘found myself’ and figured out exactly what I wanted to do in life. Wait a second, what? Waitressing?! Not that I had anything against food service. But I figured she’d give me a slightly bigger nudge in a different direction, say, towards the field I was studying in? I mean, I was one of her best students. I asked her about stock photography. I was good at composition, lighting, all that nonsense. She then proceeded to tell me and the rest of her students that selling stock photography was selling your soul; it wasn’t anything you’d pursue unless you were shamelessly buddying up with Satan in Hell. IT WAS THAT BAD!
Tomato #2 -Nikon D50 – exposure bias (-0.3 step) – F5.6 – 1/15 sec. – Focal Length 35mm
So….I was stuck. My classmates and I were worried. What were we going to do? What are our parents going to think after we spent all this money on tuition? Were the past 4 years of F-stops and apertures just so we could be the sole members of our families who could shoot without cropping peoples’ heads off in a family photo? WHAT WAS THE POINT?!
Corn #1 -Nikon D50 – F5.3 – 1/500 sec. – Focal Length 42mm
After college I became a graphic artist. I shot a few weddings on the side too. No waitressing though. I stayed away from taking photography too seriously, but I did enjoy taking photographs on vacations. Then I started taking photography of food on vacations. Then I started taking photos of my own food. And I enjoyed taking photos of food.
Corn #2 -Nikon D50 – exposure bias (-0.3 step) - F3.5 – 1/320 sec. – Focal Length 18mm
Food didn’t talk back. Food didn’t fake smile. Food didn’t give you any attitude. Food didn’t pose with an armshelf, flap around with jazz hands, or look bad without makeup. Even with all of food’s flaws, it still looked natural. Vibrant. Colorful. Even these old onions in the crisper drawer of the fridge looked beautiful. Sure, they aren’t fresh, and are peeling in all the wrong places, but maybe I like them that way.
Onions -Nikon D50 – exposure bias (-0.3 step) - F8 – 1/25 sec. – Focal Length 40mm
Can I make a living off of this somehow? I don’t know. I’m trying though. It is a tough business to break into.
Salt and Pepper Shakers -Nikon D50 – F5.3 – 1/250 sec. – Focal Length 42mm
These didn’t come from the fridge. But they were cute. And I wanted to show everyone that they exist.