WEEK 34: Food and Drink

For this week’s challenge, we’ll photograph something that is a part of all of our lives: Food and Drink.

There are several reason why I love photographing food: Firstly, delicious looking food is such a great way to capture the viewer’s attention, especially if they’re a bit hungry. As well, you have almost full control over your subject– you can arrange everything just the way that you like, in order to get that perfect shot. (Compare this to street photography, where you must rely on a bit of luck.) Finally, since there are so many different types of foods, dishes, and arrangements, you have near limitless photo options.

As always, let’s take a look at some examples:

Milk and Cookies – Eric Minbiole

This photo was so much fun to take: I went to the store and bought the tastiest-looking deserts I could find, then arranged them as pleasingly as I could. I spent an hour or so photographing everything, then got to enjoy a very tasty reward when I finished 🙂

Coke Bottle II – Eric Minbiole

This photo was taken for Jeanie’s, “Glass without Reflections” challenge from last year. I wanted to make this photo look as much like an advertisement as I could, so I took care to give it a nice, uncluttered background.

Donuts – Eric Minbiole

This photo was taken for Beverly’s Challenge, where I wanted to photograph something with bright, bold colors. Naturally, I thought of tasty doughnuts.

So far, my three examples have been cakes, cookies, soda, and doughnuts. (Can you tell that I have a bit of a sweet tooth?) However, the choice of subject is up to you, as long as it’s at least somewhat related to food and/or drink.

Wall_Food_10091 – Michael Stern

You can choose to photograph a more healthy subject, as with this gorgeous photo of a grapefruit…

10000000041715_001080 – Michael Stern

… or you can go with a slightly less healthy option, as with this stunning photo of a bacon cheeseburger. As before, you are welcome to photograph most anything, as long as it includes some form of food and/or drink.

The Challenge

For this week’s challenge, I want everyone to take a photograph that involves some form of food and/or drink. The choice is up to you: Healthy food, junk food, homemade food, or fast food. It can be food you like, or food you always hated. It can be a small morsel or a big feast. As well, the food doesn’t necessarily need to fill the entire photo. Instead, if you choose, the food be a smaller part of the overall scene.

Creative, out-of-the-box ideas are always allowed and encouraged. Get your camera, be creative, and have fun!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph to our active community on our Facebook GroupFlickr Group or 500PX group (or all three). Tag the photo:  #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • The shot should be a new shot you took this week, for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.


About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.

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