Monday, May 03, 2010

Brioche Makes My Blog Look Good!

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It does!

It’s not what I think but the grand judges who were judging the April 2010 edition of DMBLGIT thought and they awarded the above photo as the first overall winner.

Overall winning photographs achieve the highest scores from all three categories - edibility, originality, and aesthetics.

One of last month’s Easter treats were these buttery Saffron Brioche. I loved the photo series for the recipe. My aim was to use the natural light to highlight the golden yellow of the saffron brioche. My post was about Spring and its arrival. The yellows of the nature around me inspired me for the photos.

About this photo

Styling
As I mentioned above lighting was to play a major role to highlight not only the yellows but also to mirror the writing on my blog post. On brown wooden parquet I placed an old piece of distressed wooden board, which is fairly thick and builds height. Behind it one can see a vase with yellow narcissus flowers. The background is a piece of brown card. Yellows, beige and browns were the main colors playing off the colors I saw outside. Keeping it simple I presented the brioche in the baking tins not only do they look good but I was liking that they were also reflecting light.

Photo
I wanted to focus on the one brioche in the front, give the feel that it was ready for the first bite. Playing with the DoF I chose F/4.5 (f-stop value) to focus on the brioche in the front, blurring the rest behind. Shutter speed was set to 1/250 sec. and ISO at 400.

The light comes in from the right of the photo and I used a bounce on the left to light up the dark patches on the left. In the front I use a large mirror to bounce light from the window onto the brioche in the front.

I’d like to thank the judges for their hard work, having judged a DMBLGIT previously I know it’s a difficult task. I am chuffed about this one and glad to have a new turquoise badge to add to the others. I also want to thank Julia for hosting this round!


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34 comments :

  1. Congrats! That is a lovely shot and those brioches look wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. It isn't just the Brioche. Everything on your blog is perfection itself. Congrats on a well deserved win!

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  3. Lovely pick !!! I will take some tips from you for food photography :)

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  4. Congrats Meeta! It was a real pleasure (and a difficult job too) to be one of the judges of April DMBLGIT. We had a lot of good photos... but this time you're the winner and I'm very happy for you! Your brioche photo is beautiful...

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  5. This brioche looks so good I can feel it and taste it. Your photography is beautiful. Lovely colours, placement and lighting. Congratulations!

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  6. No wonder Meeta :D Your blog does look good in this...

    This photo is simple but very powerful. Love the minimal styling here.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Neel

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  7. Congrats to you! Looks good enough to eat.

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  8. Congrats Meeta! No surprise.. all pictures are so beautifully done.

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  9. Congratulations Meeta! No surprises.. all your pictures are so beautiful.

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  10. Congratulations! Your pics truly are superb!

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  11. Awww, SO happy for you, Meeta! These were some of my favorite photos you've done too. But I just love bread photos - they make me feel warm and mumsy. :-) Well done!!!

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  12. Meeta, your photos are always gorgeous. Well done, you deserve it!

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  13. just gorgeous! congrats! appreciate the lighting/technical info :)

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  14. The styling and presentation are always stunning! Congrats Meeta!

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  15. Ur clicks deserve it Meeta...Congrats and wishing u many more!!

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  16. Congrats Meeta! Your snaps are truly beautiful. :-)

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  17. Congragulation, from my point they should give you every month a prize for Good looking blog as i always love all your pics. If i was living in the same town i would pay you for giving me lessons for taking pictures, especially all the tricks you do.

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  18. I wish I could make a photo like this one. But no matter how i do it, I just can't make it like the other photos I see. LOL. But this is a good inspiration.

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  19. Congrats, your blog really does look good in brioche! and anything else you make! thank you for the styling and photography tips, I really need them.

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  20. Congrats! Your blog is beautiful, so your award is well deserved.

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  21. Congratulations on a well deserved win and thanks also for sharing the details of how you took the shot! I always love your photography and it's great to know some of the details behind it.

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  22. hmmm, no surprise they gave you this award Meeta!.

    Your photography is exceptional. Gorgeous. Unique and meaningful (not to mention it always make me feel hungry :-< )

    Congrats.

    besos and thanks for the sweet message!

    xo

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  23. Congrats! It does makes your blog look good.

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  24. Congratulations! A well-deserved price! You are such a talented photographer and your blog is beautiful! And all the recipes I have tried so far are simply delicious!

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  25. Yay, congrats! That photo is great, makes me want to dive into the brioche!

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  26. bravo !! your food styling and photography are simply superior, well deserved. and great idea to share with us a few tricks of the trade. really interesting to see how you decided to set up the shot, and very helpful to learn how you actually executed it. thank you for that. and again, congrats ! :)

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  27. Congratulations! Those brioches are irresistable.
    http://ingridslifeandluxury.blogspot.com/

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  28. Well done Meeta! The pic is fab and your accolade well deserved. Thanks for the explanation underneath. Great for novices like me. Hx

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  29. Well done - very well deserved, that photo looked so Easter-y! Very interesting to hear how you set it up.

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  30. Congrats!! Pretty photo! Love the warm lighting!

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  31. You take such beautiful photographs and you cook such good fod - it's a tough challenge to stick to my low sugar, low carb diet everytime I read a post on your blog :)

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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Meeta