Bristol Chocolate Festival

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At the beginning of the Easter break, there was a chocolate festival in Bristol. I thought it would be a good opportunity to do some food photography. Before then I hadn’t really taken pictures of food, so I thought it would be interesting to try something new that I might enjoy and continue to photograph in the future.

When I first arrived I was hesitant, as I felt I should ask the chocolatiers/chefs before taking pictures. But after walking around I couple of times I built up the courage to ask, and after that I had no problem asking and taking pictures. Everyone was more than happy for me to take pictures of their chocolate.

Luckily inside the building the festival was hosted in the room was mostly lit up my natural light from the windows, and the lights that were on weren’t so harsh or had an overly orange tone.

I was particularly inspired by the chocolate sculptures created by the company Choco Passion. They created a range life-size and life-like pieces. However, these pieces were behind a see through plastic guard, so it was difficult to avoid reflections on the plastic when taking the pictures. My favourite piece was the padlocks they made, because it looked like rusted metal. I bought one and took more close-up images once I had gone home.

I decided to use the 50mm lens because I felt the use of depth of field would be crucial when taking close up images of food, and i wanted the focus to be as sharp as possible.

These are some of my most successful images from the shoot.

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All taken with Nikon D3100 & 50mm lens.

I did very little post production with these images, I only changed the colours, contrast and exposure slightly for each image.

 

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