I don't think I've ever owned a camera. Maybe a plastic one when I was very young. I have used a couple of disposable ones over the years, but that's really about it. For this blog I've been borrowing Paul's camera, but I am absolutely clueless when it comes to photography. I had Monday off of work this week so I decided to make the Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin for lunch. This meant that for the first time ever, I was able to try to photograph something in natural light. As you can see, my pictures look mostly like shadows. I could tell shadows were a problem but I had no clue what to do about it (should I have actually taken the food outside to shoot?) and was frankly too hungry to care, so my photos are quite shadowy. I do like the brightness, though. I can definitely tell that if I had any clue what I was doing photos taken in natural light would come out much better than the usual ones I take in the dark.
Luckily, the gratin came out much better than the photos! I bought 2 cartons of eggs last week thinking for sure that would be enough, but when I opened the fridge to make this recipe I realized I was down to four eggs. I guess I went through a lot of them making dinner for Christmas Eve! Oh well, I just used the eggs I had and decreased the amounts of the other ingredients a bit to compensate. I also increased the ratio of milk to heavy cream, wanting to feel less guilty about eating this after big meals Christmas Eve and day.
|Gratin and shadows|