Corn Dogs

Corn Dogs

I shot this at the same SF Zoo event with  yummy sliders.

I love the way the light wraps around the corn dogs in this shot. It was late afternoon and the sun was additionally diffused by some trees, so the light’s nice and soft. I got some other decent shots at the event, but this one was probably my favorite. I thought it came out great and, apparently, Jeff did, too, since we use it at the beginning of our videos. And for you camera geeks out there, I shot this with a Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 24-105mm L lens at f 4.0, ISO 100, 1/100 shutter.

If you have a chance, go check out the zoo. I didn’t get to see the whole thing, but the few areas they had open seemed pretty amazing. And, yes, I did see the tigers and it was perfectly safe.



I do freelance work for various clients and one of my favorites is Where Magazine. They hold frequent events for hotel folks to get the skinny on various joints and attractions around town, and they often call me to get some event photos. Luckily, they like good food as much as the next person, so I get to sneak in some food shots for pretty much every event.

This event was held at the SF Zoo and immediately upon entering we were greeted by jugglers, stilt walkers and a person in a fuzzy penguin suit. We then followed the sounds of a mariachi band and found ourselves presented with lovely hors d’oeuvres like corn dogs and the sliders you see above.

Unlike the deep fried perfection of a corn dog, these sliders were really messy, so there’s stuff exploding out that hints at what’s to come. Were I to do it again, I might try to sneak in some viscous sauce like mustard or mayo or ketchup, but, hey, it was a live event and people probably wouldn’t have appreciated my grubby hands on the food they were about to eat. But I think overall the shot works pretty well in that I kinda want a slider right now.

For the technically inclined, I shot this on my Canon 5D Mark III with the 24-105mm L lens at f/4.5, ISO 100 at 1/60 sec.

Crab picking


Where Magazine asked me to get some shots of Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf for a feature they were doing on the neighborhood–the people, the sights, the sound and the food–so I immediately thought of the crab since it’s such a big draw and probably the second thing people think of in the area. The first for most is the sea lions, but I’m a food person so crab comes to mind first for me.

This pic was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm L lens at f/4.0, ISO 400, 1/400 sec.



Almost a year ago, I bought a case of Sriracha sauce because, really, why wouldn’t you? I’ve since become more enamored of Huy Fong’s sambal oelek‘s funkier vibe, which is why I still haven’t finished the case yet, but I still have a special place in my heart for rooster sauce.

I knew I wanted to capture the bottles en masse because, really, why wouldn’t you? But I kept putting it off and putting it off until finally I was close to the end of the Sriracha I was working on prior to the case and got inspiration late at night. Since it was late, I didn’t want to set up my lights and annoy my neighbors bumping around, so I just used the little light above my stove. I might have had some ambient light from the moon or something, but the vast majority of the light came from the stove light. Oh and I took this before I upgraded to a 5D Mark III, so I shot this on a T3i with a 28mm prime, so goes to show, you can get some pretty decent images without lots of big fancy super expensive gear.

And if you’re curious about the settings, it’s shot at f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/100 sec.




Who doesn’t love salumi? Certainly not I.



I shot this at an event thrown by Where Magazine at Il Fornaio in SF. This is one the members of the excellent waitstaff who so courteously paused for me when I asked him to pose for a quick shot.