It was brought to my attention that I haven't posted a dinner/food at all in a long while. I think part of the problem is that my standards for restaurant food photography and food photography in general have come a long way since I began this blog (largely attributed to the amazing portfolios of those in the same tier as Ditte Isager) and I just can't shoot the way I'd like in unpredictable restaurant situations. Sometimes I would kill to take an above the table shot of a dish because it would lend so well to that, but I can't very well stand on my chair in a nice restaurant. And I don't want to post mediocre stuff just for blog content.
On that note, here is the multi-course ramp dinner from last Wednesday night. I must say, Hotel Griffou is one of the hardest restaurants to shoot food in. It may as well be pitch black in there. These were all taken in RAW at ISO 4000+ and I processed the HELL out of them. Extreme white balance adjustment and exposure compensation in ACR and then more curve editing in Photoshop to get the whites whiter (thank you, Karleen, for that tip! It is a LIFESAVER). And finally some more color/contrasty punchiness added. I can't say I'm happy with these pictures but I can definitely say I did the best I could short of setting up my own lights next to the dinner table!
I enjoyed this dinner immensely, not only for Chef Santos's always amazingly prepared dishes, but for the ridiculous company I was fortunate enough to be part of. Sitting next to all those superstars was very humbling and gave me a lot to aspire to, as cheesy as that sounds. I was also happy to finally be sitting in a different room than usual. This room had so much character. I would love to just go back and shoot all the individual historical props there.
Quick roundup - a few hors d'oeuvres, vichysoisse with ramp oil and piri piri, hearts of palm with wasabi leaves and ramp vinaigrette, fried frog legs with ramp pistou, steelhead on sushi rice with pickled ramps, cecatelli with arugula and duck egg yolk with a side of ramp ricotta, a KFP version for Jessica :P, wagyu beef with ramp puree, and finally, asparagus ice cream with candied ramps. Whew.