I woke up this morning with a clear head and a clearer task list as I started taking steps towards a not so clear future.
- Take pictures to build my food photography portfolio
- Write an article for a travel startup in Bangalore (that may just offer me some work!)
I’ve been in love with the idea of food photography for a pretty long time now and had invested in a neat 50 mm/1.4f macro lens a few years back. Used it like a maniac for a month and then it started to gather dust (seriously, try living in Gurgaon and you’ll know what I’m talking about!)
I think I could be great at it. I obsessively follow food bloggers and can mentally compose shots and plating arrangements but when it comes to actually shooting, I haven’t really given it my all. So that’s going to be the first thing on my list.
The camera had been charging all night and was ready was major trigger action.
I sent a message to my team saying I’d be taking the day off. No response from anyone and that wasn’t a surprise since I’m on my notice period already.
So I got down right to work. After playing the baby of course. Have I told you about him?
Little S is almost 7 months old now and has just figured out that crawling is fun! He loves it so much that he does it even while sleeping, so while he goes to sleep on our bed facing the headrest and wakes up somewhere close to my knee.
So we kind of sleep in a fortress now. Surrounded by mounds of pillows and blankets, ready to stop him from falling and even if he does, atleast break his fall.
S was in a super playful mode today and I was restless as I gave him a bath, dressed him, fed him and tried to rock him back to sleep.
I kept referring to my Instagram and Flickr accounts to pick out shot references as he drank his milk and tried to decide which would be my first shot of the day.
I follow loads of food photographers on the app and while they shoot gorgeous, elaborate dishes, for today I chose a simple, yet tasteful composition of omelette and toast.
Because that was going to be breakfast.
So when S finally slept (and the fortress had been set up again) I slunk away to the kitchen and furiously whipped two eggs, an onion, a tomato and some seasoning.
Took a few pics with my canon 600d 50mm/1.4f lens of the steps.
I then found a piece of wood which I thought sort of worked as a base and plated the omelette on a skillet, some bread and butter and took a few shots by the daylight.
Turned out okayish.
I finished and checked on the baby, who was still asleep and got on to finding my next subject. And I came across a gorgeous water carafe by Coppre that was lying around.
Shot it and loved the results. It was all about the product really, The orange hue of the metal, hand beaten to create hundreds of gorgeous dimples on the carafe gave it a wonderfully unique appearance.
So much for my staggering self confidence!
So as I was readying myself for the next set of shots and feeling great at the progress I’d made at just 11 a.m.. I was called to office by my team for something urgent.I agreed instantly. My company is undergoing many changes and things are tougher than usual, so I knew it was important and rushed to help out.
So there. Just as I was getting into the groove, I lost momentum and spend the rest of the day in office, almost forgetting that I’ll soon stop working here.
Occasionally I did look at mundane posters on safety and memos on revised lunch timings and thought if I would ever miss them. Well we’ll see about that.
Got done by 7 and consequently nothing else on the list happened. God, I wonder how those people manage work and personal interests with equal vigour. I’m more of a one man woman and feel I can only be loyal to one at a time.
What’s clear is that I just couldn’t have begun this search for ‘something to do’ while still working.
All was not wasted though and the hubby and I managed to do go out for a date night while S was with the grandparents.
Food was rubbish. Crowd was too young. Beer was lukewarm. Best night ever! 🙂
Back tomorrow with more.