Trying out my new Nokia N79 phone that Ciaran gave me for Christmas at Feng Sushi in Borough Market. Got this phone specifically for its 5 megapixel camera, ideal for food blogging pics and shooting on the go.
Feng Sushi is another of London’s endless chain of restaurants, it has an open design with no doors on the front, lots of high tables and a fish tank. The menu is a little more expensive than we would usually go in for, but for a light bite it’s affordable enough. We ordered inside-out prawn tempura maki and avocado maki at £9 and £4.50 respectively. The prices are a bit steeper than most mid-range sushi places, but you do definitely get better quality and bigger pieces. The avocado maki has a great hit of sesame seeds which brightens up the blandness of the avocado – some of the best I’ve had.
Practising my close up shots of sushi on the N79 here. I don’t know about other food bloggers, but I find it so mortifying to be seen taking pictures of what I am about to eat. I think it’s because food photography has gotten so completely ridiculous and poseurish, some restaurants are even banning it now. Earlier we were huddled around a table in freezing cold Borough Market and a guy was snapping his, clearly embarassed, friends eating lunch with a huge SLR. You can’t move around London anymore without someone with a giant camera setting up a shot for about a half hour. I’m more of a wham, bam photographer – taking shots without flash, so they generally either work out or they don’t.
What are your thoughts on happy snappers.. are they interrupting your meal or totally entitled to document the food they paid for? Do you take furtive shots under guise of sending a text message or set up in full professional mode, adjusting the light, setting, food on the plate?
I’d definitely recommend the N79 for amateur food blogging, it has great features including a close-up mode and takes good shots without the flash. However, it crashes a lot too and every time you switch it off, when you restart it has reset all your setting, themes, clock, date etc.