The Foodbuzz Festival last weekend started out as any foodie festival should – with loads of wine and gastronomic delights. Delights I can’t taunt you with because I accidentally deleted all of the photos that same night. Typical.
On the heels of that disaster, it was appropriate that my first “breakout” session Day 2, was “It’s a Snap: Hands-on Photography Workshop.” The session was led by Laura of The Cooking Photographer and Marc of No Recipes. They started the session off by showing a clear, colorful, TasteSpotting worthy photo – taken with an iPod. The point? You don’t need a fancy camera to take good photos (but it doesn’t hurt).
Laura’s composition tips were huge for me:
- To create tension: Pouring, dripping and other frozen movement.
- To create movement: diagonals and spirals are your friends.
- Photos benefit from shading.
Laura and Marc also talked angles, macro mode, lighting and shooting RAW. Then we whipped out our cameras and started practicing.
Session 2: Great Catch!
Session 2 put me face to face with one of my favorite chefs – Mary Sue Milliken.
I’ve been eating at Mary Sue and Susan’s Border Grill and Ciudad for years, so watching her cook live was a dream I didn’t know I had come true. She discussed sustainable seafood use and made two types of fish tacos showcasing Alaskan halibut and salmon. YUM.
The last session of the day was “Food Blogger’s Guide to Success (Whatever That Means).” Hmmmmm . . .
On to the Tasting Pavillion
After the breakout sessions, I rendezvoused with my sister and friend Julie and we headed off to the Tasting Pavillion where we ate Mary Sue’s fish tacos and this:
And drank this:
It was shocking and relieving to see an established, high-end, tasty winery at a tasting event.
I also snagged a shot with Mary Sue Milliken:
We wrapped the event by making a 7 second video that was turned into a flip book courtesy of Buitoni. I’m contacting the company who made the book and seeing if I can snag their video for you all, but if not, at least there’s this: