For better or worse, welcome to my first breakfast pizza and photos with my new camera.
I must admit that I love the ease of my snappy little point and shoot, but was also feeling the tug of challenge offered by a DSLR. At our last Front Range Foodie Meetup we focused (pun intended) on fine tuning skills with DSLR food photography. I was surprised to learn a lot, even with point and shoot in hand. Interest was piqued.
Days later, Vickie over at Part Three posted this stunning, jaw-dropping photo of limoncello against a snowy outdoor background, shot with her DSLR. A day later Karen over at Eat Drink and Wash Up emergency emailed me with a notice of a “can’t pass up sale” for a Canon Rebel DSLR. Throw in an impending birthday and you’ve got a perfect storm which washed ashore a new camera.
I’m currently reading the manual, commiserating with new user Karen, and pestering 3 – 4 month experienced Vickie, with question after question. Thank you ladies for your patience and willingness to help!
Right now I can’t see a lot of difference between the DSLR and the P&S but with a little practice I hope to have you all gasping in delight over my food photography. HA! Seems light years away right now. Let’s take a look at my first photos and my breakfast pizza.
I made a quick and simple pesto in my food processor using one cup warmed and wilted spinach, 1/4 cup olive oil and two small cloves garlic.
- I’ve never made pesto before. This was quick, easy and rewarding.
- I’m somewhat pleased with the photo and you’re probably saying “oh look, bless her heart, she tried to food style”.
I then took two rounds of Naan bread and smeared on some ricotta cheese and a small dab of the pesto. I went light on the pesto, I was really worried about combining the strong flavor with the impending runny egg.
- In the end the pesto didn’t overwhelm at all and was a delightful addition to the overall flavor.
- Forgetting to “disable flash” you’re now reaching for your sunglasses.
My next layer included some sautéed asparagus spears and rounds of small russet potatoes that I boiled and thin sliced.
- New cook in the house pointed out that the asparagus needed to be cut in smaller bite sized pieces. He was given that task. (as with any committee work, never come up with a good idea, you’ll be assigned).
- Even with flash disabled, coloring seems odd…I’m thinking the Canon Rebel doesn’t like that aluminum sheet pan.
After topping with sliced tomatoes and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper, I placed my breakfast pizza in a 350 degree oven so all ingredients could cozy up to greet the final topping.
- Placing ingredients in the oven for about ten minutes worked great. It gave me plenty of time to slow cook my eggs while balancing the camera manual in one hand and fiddling with the camera in the other.
- The color in the photo is still odd…and where did those peas come from? :-) Just what the camera didn’t need…more vivid green.
The eggs were slow-cooked to a doneness that would have made me squeamish to eat…runny in the white. Keeping my fingers crossed, I carefully layed the eggs on the pizza, grated on some Parmesan and popped under the broiler hoping to end up with a sunny-side up egg.
- I watched that cheese topped broiling eggs like a hawk and luckily ended up with good results.
- I’m obviously going to have to learn Photoshop or buy new sheet pans…new camera sure picks up those unsightly and hard to scrub spots.
A sigh of relief, producing a decent meal while nervously taking unimpressive photos. And getting that egg perfect??? I have to admit that was my top priority.
Photo was nicer once moved to the kitchen table where natural light became a part of the mix. Next time I’ll lose the blazing overhead kitchen lights, I’ll lose the odd addition of peas, and I’ll practice on that aperture.
Pizza…It’s What’s for Breakfast.