Failure is Embarrassing

by on January 19, 2010

What happens if you fail food styling and photography 101 at Club Med Food Blogger Camp 2010?

This happens.  Blown out, over-saturated (without any post production work) images that make you want to like what you see, but the need for sunglasses outweighs any potential artistic success.

Dulce de Leche Failure is Embarrassing

Paco, my own version of the traveling gnome is plagued by sunshine and the dulce de leche’s blurry pour doesn’t evoke that I want to stick my finger in the screen to scoop out some of that sugary goodness right now! look I was hoping for when I stood over the pot stirring all morning.  FAIL!

Empanadas Criolla Failure is Embarrassing

And then there were the empanadas.  I foraged through the fridge and freezer yesterday morning looking for inspiration and came up with a package of ground beef.  I had eggs, olives, San Marzano tomatoes, dried cherries and herbs and seasonings to take me back to Buenos Aires.  I made the dough, let it rest for a few hours and then got to work making the delicious filling.  The dough worked like a champ, but as you can see if you look closely, the dough was a disappointing thick and chewy vehicle for the perfectly seasoned filling.

But that didn’t stop me from shooting the finished product.  Once again, the colors are off.  While the color of the wrapper leaves me with the perception that the finished product is crispy and will leave flakes of crust on my shirt, it’s just too yellow.

I’m not sure what’s happening when I shoot, but results like this don’t stop me.  I’ll keep at it until I too end up with incredible shots like photos we see at FoodGawker, Tastespotting, Photograzing, RefrigeratorSoup and my favorite food blogs.

But for now, I’ll leave you with another look at Food Blogger Camp, 2010:

Club Med Arches Failure is Embarrassing

There were plenty of arches to shoot at Club Med, which I did, but I’m fascinated by the ability to make mosaics using my own photos.  I’ve been using MacOSaiX for a few years.  If you’re a Mac user I recommend it as a way to play with your photos for a change of pace.

This guy was making a lot of noise during my brief stay in Houston on the way home this past weekend.  Yes, it was unexpected, but by the light of day, with just minutes before I was to be released from the dismal prison that was the Ramada Inn, I really wasn’t surprised and it didn’t take away from the good company and surprisingly tasty meal I had with fellow Food Blog Camper’s, Donna and Michael Rulhman at Yo Mama’s Int’l Restaurant after we checked in the night before.

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Meanwhile, i n uncharacteristic form, I haven’t been to the supermarket in more than 2 weeks and I’m anxious to get back into the swing of all things food-related in my life.  Thursday will be the day and I plan to whip up something special in my kitchen which, barring any unforseen scheduling issues, I’ll broadcast on at 7pm.  Hope to see you all there!  But first I’ve got furniture arranging to do so that we can go back to dining with a view and better lighting for my photos!!

See you Thursday night??

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 Failure is Embarrassing In 2007 my career with a large, but shrinking high tech Fortune 50 \"left me,\" leaving a void in my life. While lamenting the loss and flying around the world looking for a new career to get married to, I discovered a way to use a familiar outlet during tough times -- writing. My blog-writing morphed into writing about my favorite past time -- Food! I purchase food, sell food, make food, watch food being made, broadcast meal preparation, photograph and blog about food. Like I said; Food! To change this standard text, you have to enter some information about your self in the Dashboard -> Users -> Your Profile box.

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ChristopherNo Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 8:01 am

wow Love the new blog Justy!!

havent talked to you in a long time!!!!

Glad your still around the interwebs ^_^

– Christopher

Brooke @ Food WoolfNo Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

Sorry to hear about your super delayed flight (and scary accommodations). Glad you're home and back at it. Look forward to reading more and seeing your successes in food photography! PS, your empanada picture made me want to go cook something.

Fran@frantasticfood.No Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

@FoodWoolf Glad the empanadas looked tempting. I'll be keeping up with you in the blog world and hope to see you again in the not too distant future!

Fran@frantasticfood.No Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

@Christopher Good to "see" you. I haven't gone anywhere … just changed names in the Fall. Still the same old prolific writer of all things food.


Jane MNo Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I thought the empenada photo came out nice. Does that mean I have bad eyes?

Stephanie ManleyNo Gravatar January 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

I think your empenada's looked great! Living in Texas, I have had my share of empenada's and I am a firm believer if you wrap pastry dough around just about anything it is going to be tasty.

Did you tell everyone you ate that guys cousin in the BBQ ribs you had?

Fran@frantasticfood.No Gravatar January 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

@StephanieManley I'm afraid that's why Beau was mooing so loudly that night. He was really pissed at me that I ate his cousin. Oh well … c'est la vie, right? :)

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