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Resolution #1: Success!

I have some exciting news: FoodGawker have finally accepted one of my photos!!  I submitted one of the chocolate and hazelnut mousse ones, and it was published yesterday.  This makes me incredibly happy and it’s quite possibly the highlight of my week!  I think a celebratory batch of brownies are definitely on the cards for tomorrow.  Perhaps followed by a long swim to counteract the brownies, ha ha…

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that one of the resolutions or challenges that I set myself for 2011 was to have a photo accepted by each of the main “food porn” sites (FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, Photograzing, DessertStalking and DishFolio, which I discovered last month and they’ve already accepted some of my photos).  DessertStalking and Photograzing have accepted quite a lot of my photos, and TasteSpotting finally accepted a photo back in March (though they’ve rejected every single one since then, ha ha), so FoodGawker was the last site to elude me.  But I’ve finally cracked it, so now I’ve successfully completed the challenge.  Hurrah!

So go on, let’s have a look at the “winning” photo:

Interestingly, TasteSpotting rejected the very same photo for “lighting/colour.”  But, aside from the fact that I personally think it’s a rather good photo (not biased at all, obviously) I’m not too annoyed about that – I’m fully aware how subjective the whole process is.  I suppose the challenge now is to get the same photo accepted by all the sites.  But there’s no rush.  I’m currently happy with having had at least one photo accepted on each site, and trying to improve my photos so that more get approved.

Right, time to dig out that brownie recipe I’ve been wanting to try…  Wherever you are in the world, enjoy the rest of your day!

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Resolution #1: Some progress!

I’ve always loved looking at photos of food.  I have a distinct preference for recipe books that have photos in them – not only will a mouth-watering photo make me want to cook the recipe that much more, but it helps to gauge if whatever I’m cooking looks vaguely like it’s supposed to.  I came across the world of “food porn” back in December, and promptly decided that I would start submitting my food photos to the several sites (FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, Photograzing and DessertStalking).  I also decided to make it one of my resolutions (or challenges) for 2011 to have a photo accepted on each of those four sites (not necessarily the same photo – let’s not get ahead of ourselves here).

So far, most of the photos I’ve submitted have only been accepted by Photograzing and DessertStalking.  FoodGawker seems to have issues with the lighting in my photos and is very adamant that my photos are “unsharp” and TasteSpotting appears to have serious issues with the composition of my photos (I think about 90% have been rejected for “composition”).  It’s so subjective that it’s a bit frustrating after a while, particularly when I think I’ve got a brilliant photo, but nobody else appears to agree.  Take the following crêpe photo – I personally thought it was great and I really thought that it would be the one to crack the two elusive sites.  It wasn’t.  FoodGawker thought it had “low lighting and/or was underexposed,” and TasteSpotting deemed it “not sharp” (not bitter about it, nope, not at all).

However much I may disagree, there’s not much to be done except to try and take a better photo for the next post, submit that, and wait and see whether it gets accepted or rejected (whilst expecting rejection)…  I posted yesterday about blood orange curd, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t really think the following photo of the curd was all that great.  In fact, I wasn’t even going to submit it, but I thought well, the worst that can happen is another rejection, so I might as well.  (I also may have been looking for some procrastination, but shhh!)

Well thank goodness I did!  Because TasteSpotting accepted it!  (Incidentally, guess what?  The very same photo was rejected by FoodGawker for “Photo/food composition.”  Go figure!)  I nearly died of shock (ok, not really).  I nearly died of shock a second time (again, not really, but close) when I saw that 107 people clicked through from TasteSpotting yesterday after seeing the photo, and so far today, 141 people have clicked through.  My blog usually gets about 30 views a day, so, uhm, WOW – this is kind of extraordinary!  And hello to all you lovely new people!

So I just felt the need to share this small personal victory with you…  I now just have FoodGawker left to crack in order to fulfill my resolution.  And I will.  Eventually.  But I will!  Anyhow, time to head to the pub to watch the last 6 Nations match of the year, France v Wales (Allez les Bleus!), so I just have one last photo to share with you:

Bring it on, FoodGawker.

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Resolution #1: I want to be a porn star

Fun fact: I love looking at photos of food – I’m one of those people who gets slightly upset when a cookbook doesn’t have any pictures in it.  Mouth-watering photos will make me want to try a recipe (and also help to gauge if it’s going horribly wrong) more than a snazzy title ever will.

Over the weekend, I discovered the world of food photography…  It’s amazing.  Sites dedicated to scrumptious photos of food, most of which you can then click through to get the recipe.  And I discovered that this is known as “food porn” which amuses me no end (I’m really mature like that).

Ah, the title of this post all makes sense now – I want to be a food porn star (I mean really, what were you thinking?!) My food photos so far are nothing special: the white balance is a little off and I haven’t spent 5 hours trying to make the composition perfect (patience is not one of my virtues).  But I thought I’d give it a go anyway – I have nothing to lose…

So I submitted one of the photos from my mince pie post… Taste Spotting rejected it, Food Gawker also rejected it, as did Photograzing (I think – I’m a bit confused by their notification system).  But Dessert Stalking accepted it!  They published it yesterday, and it actually made my day (thank you!)  So I’m not too bothered about getting rejected by the other sites – it’s now turned into a challenge, so by the end of 2011  I’d like to have at least one photo accepted by each of them.  And that would make me a food porn star.  (Or so I like to think!)

Bring. It. On.

[Edit on 24-12: Actually, Photograzing published my mince pie photo yesterday!  I guess they just have a huge submission queue.  Exciting stuff!  You can see it here if you like.]

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