Posts Tagged ‘durian’

My Love-Hate Relationship With The Durian Fruit.

March 11, 2008

I love the durian fruit because it is so incredibly delicious. There are many types of durians but I particularly like those that are slightly bitter and firm on the outside but thick & meaty on the inside.

This explains why I went crazy over these durian mooncakes from Goodwood Park Hotel during the Mid-Autumn festival party last year. You should have heard the ‘ooohs’ and the ‘aaahs’, the moment it went into the mouths of those who were present at the party. The quality of the durian in these mooncakes was exquisite.  

The durian’s only vice is its awful and punget smell. It smells almost like a rubbish bin with five days of food rotting inside. Perhaps I am exaggerating a little, but this is how I feel towards the smell of the durian when I’m not actually eating it.

My solution is to stay far away from durians unless I plan to eat some. It is a funny theory but it sure works on me.

Here are just some of the many durians taken in Malaysia when I was visiting my mother’s friend. At first it was hell to my nose, but soon it was heaven in my mouth.


Food Photography Tips, Part III.

February 26, 2008

Part III – The Continuation of the Composition of Food Photography

Today I’ll be covering Focus and the Message.

1. Focus

There are 2 types of focuses:

a. Limited Focus – Photos with an ‘artsy’ feel

When I took a photo of this Colourful Kueh Lapis, I wanted to focus specifically on one Keh’s multiple layers. Such photographs are used more in Naked Food Photography.

b. Maximum Focus – Photos including display components

I’m not sure if this is the best example, but it does show many different Chinese dishes that my Grandmother cooked for dinner. You can see her (at the top of the photo) pointing to the food and encouraging us to start eating. Such photographs are used more in Packaging Photography, which allows the photographer to showcase an array of items like a different food products distributed by a particular company. For example, Procter and Gamble.

2. The Message

What is the message you want your photographs to bring across to your viewers? Do you want people to see your food as “I so got to get myself some of that now!” delicious, sweet, soft, hard, sour or even mysterious? Here are some of my examples.

The message: Fresh and naturally sweet strawberries.

The message: An absolutely scrumptious pasta dish.

The message: Artificially and sinfully sweet donuts, that are incredibly delicious.

The message: Unusual Durian Chee Chong Fun, only for the adventurous and not for the faint-hearted.

I hope you’ve all learned something today. 🙂 More tips coming up tomorrow.