In order to take this simple and not particularly amazing picture of my aforementioned Fegatini al Burro I had to:
- Wait a day for my bread to stale enough such that I could slice it without its losing its shape.
- Toast the bread slices, hovering over the toaster oven EVERY SECOND so I could remove it the moment it reached peak attractive toast color.
- Take the pate out of the fridge and mash it around with mortar and pestle so it would be nice and spreadable, so as not crush my toast. Since my house was approximately 95 degrees (not kidding), that did not take long. Imagine what I'd have to do to photograph ice cream.
- Root around in my freezer for some parsley - I didn't have any fresh on hand. Frozen parsley is difficult to sprinkle artfully, so I was forced to break my promise to myself that I would not go so far as to apply the parsley leaves with tweezers. For the record, I only "edited" the parsley with the tweezers. The majority of sprinkling was done freehand. I'm definitely not happy with the parsley.
- Clear out all the silly things in the background, most of which I only noticed after taking a photo - a canvas bag hanging on a doorknob here, my skirt drying on a rack there, etc.
- Take a least 10 pictures to get one good, no... one acceptable photo. I could have set my standards higher, but I was getting hungry.
- I didn't even think about lighting, aside from turning the house lights on, and the flash off. This (not thinking about lighting) automatically makes me a bad photographer, although knowing to turn the flash off gives me a point or two in the other direction.
After all that, I didn't even get to enjoy the accompanying glass of wine, since I was, by that time, late for an airport run. This little "snapshot" probably took me an hour (not counting the day it took for the bread to stale). The pate was good, but too warm. It would have been better if I had left the camera in its case.
The wine? I'm drinking it now.