An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

Culinary Craft


ISO 100, f/4.5 @ 1/25 second

Canon Digital Rebel XTi
Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Shot with only window light from behind, diffused with a shoot-through white disc, plus two mirrors.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

22 thoughts on “Culinary Craft

  1. Teehee! How clever! I enjoy the beads of tomato juice on the tomato’s skin, but of course the tomato, sweating as it is, isn’t impressed (pun not intended) about being poked and prodded. ;-)

  2. I like very much the fact of seeing how you take your pictures. It is like being just behing you, like a curious tiny tiny mouse on your shoulder.
    It seems that besides having this large white screen and the two mirros, you still have pretty good exposition with light right ?

  3. So creative – thanks for sharing the components!

  4. Ha! This is very smart but I can’t help but feel bad for the tomato, oddly. This reminds me a little of Hellraiser… I love those little pin cushions though. My cat loves batting it around even more.

  5. Knock Knock, I’m with PETT….People for the Ethical Treatment of Tomatoes!

  6. Hahahah very clever im loving it!

  7. And….. this is why my photos suck so very, very much. :P

  8. I love this! Your interplay of words with food never fails to make me smile!

  9. Cool picture and even cooler concept! Because I am not a photographer, the complexity of that shot are somewhat lost on me. But not the creativity and cleverness of the concept. :)

  10. Thank you for showing your technique. I guess now I’m going to have to make an Amazon purchase! Very excited.

  11. Mirrors. hmm. wondering if that’s something I need to try!

  12. This is beautiful. I have so much trouble shooting with backlight, thanks for the tips!

  13. Thanks for the behind the scenes look.

  14. I learn something every time I visit here … thanks!

  15. Adorable! But, poor tomato :)

  16. Aaaah love it! So clever!

  17. Love your how to set up posts Hannah. I am heartened that you have the same camera as me, although I only have the 1.8 50mm lens.

  18. Hannah, I hope this reflector is good. I just ordered it on your recommendation :)

    • Hooray, I’m so glad you’re taking my suggestion, I just know you’ll love it! I only just started using mine a few months ago as per the requirements of a particular class I’m taking, and now I find myself pull it out almost every time I shoot anything!

      • Good. Even though I am a photographer by trade, I use only natural light when photographing people, no special props, but at home I had some white foam board, so I used it, but it is not nearly big enough, so I caved in when I saw the price. I will be using it for photographing food too ;).

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