My contribution to Scott’s Food Photography Assignment is Yum Neua Yang Nom Tok. It is a tradition food from Laos and Northern Thailand, which is sliced grilled steak with hot and sour sauce. The dish is eaten with sticky rice and raw fresh vegetables. It’s also perfect with Beerlao or the local whiskey.
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Technical note: One of the things about food photography is that you can’t take it again once it’s eaten. This was our lunch and I didn’t have time to think through while taking this image. I decided to use a zoom lens so that it would create a nice bokeh background since my lens could only go to f/4. After viewing this image, I realized that I didn’t maximize the potential of the zoom lens, I could have stepped back further and zoom in to the image so that the background would compress more and create a nicer bokeh background.