What is so difficult about making soup? Soup making is no rocket science but I know my daughter’s got a point when she sometimes tells me, “Amma, there’s something not quite right with your soups”!
Cauliflower is something that I cook at least once a week, especially now since it is the season for it. Stir-fried cauliflower, Indian style and sometimes with green peas and / or potatoes, is a favourite with my daughter. When I mentioned cauliflower to both the soup lovers here they seemed a bit unsure with the idea., but my md was made up as I had a photograph to create!
I’ll talk about the photograph first and then go onto the soup recipe. Ben Dearnley is an amazing food photographer and this particular photograph of the soup has a lot of dark tones, quite unlike the photographs one usually sees in the magazine.
Re-creating the photograph posed a few obstacles for me. I just couldn’t get the light the way it was in the photograph, and I didn’t have any material in either the colour (blue) or texture (crepe paper or similar cloth). I also noticed that the white stains/ splashes in the original were of white paint on a black board and decided not to replicate that.
So I used a dark black shawl at the base and a reddish brown cloth napkin under the black bowl, and left my spoon plain. The light in my photograph is also from the right ( a window), and I used no reflectors or anything to block the light.
I then tried a slightly different composition prop-wise with the light coming from the same direction. I’m not very happy with this one either and am wondering if the print on the scarf is distracting. What do you think?
[Photograph details : Shot handheld with a 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens (Canon) at Aperture - f/ 5.0, shutterspeed – 1/ 25s and ISO – 320. Used software to crop a bit, increase brightness and a bit of contrast and a colour filter.]