A few posts ago I brought you a peaches and cream pie. Well there is another fruit that works in this pie….
Blueberries. I will get to the recipe in a bit, but first I wanted to talk about color. When I shot this post earlier today, I had envisioned a series that I wanted to do on complimentary colors and foods. Well, now that I am actually sitting down and writing it, things have changed. I just wasn’t happy with what I had originally planned.
So time to start over. Lets start at the beginning. The whole purpose of a photograph is to convey an idea or express and emotion. When a viewer looks at your work, you want them to feel something. It could be happiness, sorrow, humor, grief. There are dozens of emotions to choose from. For me, there is only one. I just want to make you hungry (its in my tag line at the top of the blog) If I have made you hungry when you see my work, then I have done my job.
Color is a huge part of that. When taking pictures of people you have faces, expressions, and interactions with other people to express emotions. Color can actually be distracting and take away from these emotions. Well food is the opposite. Since an eggplant doesn’t smile, talk, or baby eggplant hold hands with papa eggplant, black and white doesn’t look the best for food. YOU NEED COLOR! Color tells you soo much about food. It tells you if it is ripe, how fresh it is, what type of food it is. Looking at a bright vibrant orange, a deep red apple, or a golden crust on a pie can all help you start to salivate. I love the variety of colors you can find in food. I am sure you have come across this, but there are some food color combinations that work better than others. But why?
Well there is a lot of science behind color. When I say a lot, I mean a WHOLE lot of science and math. I could go on about how electro magnetic waves that fall in the range 400 and 700 nano meters are apart of the visible light spectrum and how your eyes interpret these. I could go on about colors spaces like sRGB and Adobe RGB 1998. Lets just say it gets really fascinating (well at least to me) when you start to talk about how computers turn visible light into 1s and 0s and then use pigments and dyes to reproduce those colors. But that is way more than I want to go into for this post. That may come at a later date.
The next post or series of posts ( not sure how many it will be) will concentrate on color theory and how is relates to you composing a food photograph.
For example, the Blue/Purple of the blueberries is complimentary to the yellow background. I will dive much deeper into what complementary colors are later how and why color theory says they work in a later post, but I just wanted to get you thinking about a few things. (by the way, I made the yellow background using tips from this backgrounds post)
Are there certain color combinations that you always go to?
Certain ones you stay away from?
With summer produce in full swing, don’t be afraid to take hold of all the great summer food colors out there!
Here is the recipe.
Blueberries and Cream Pie
9 inch unbaked pie shell (store bought or using your favorite recipe)
3 cups cleaned blueberries
Place pie shell in pan then pour blueberries into shell.
In a separate medium sized bowl, mix the following together.
2/3 cup sugar
4 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup cream
Pour this mixture over pie. Bake at 400F for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight before serving. Best served chilled.