Fun in the Kitchen with Film and Eggs

Breaking an Egg

Although I haven’t written much about it, my black and white photography class has taken center stage in my life for the past several weeks. At first it was difficult and frustrating moving from digital back to 35mm. But I’ve slowly started to become a darkroom addict! Although I’m only in class for 6 hours per week, I have been spending several extra hours per week in the school’s photography lab trying to learn printing techniques from other teachers and students with more experience.

It’s amazing how time flies when I’m in the photo lab. Although I can’t imagine spending eight hours in photoshop trying to perfect one photo, last week I found myself in the darkroom for eight hours one day trying to perfect a single print. And I enjoyed every minute of it!

I guess you could say I’ve found a new passion 🙂 And since this new passion has kept me from updating Pinch My Salt as much as I would like, I decided to move back into the kitchen for my latest photo assignment.

Flying Egg

For our current project, we are supposed to be exploring motion. We are required to make one photo featuring frozen motion and one that shows blurred motion. These egg photos are from my first attempt at freezing motion. I shot an entire 36 exposure roll of nothing but eggs. And now I have a bowl full of liquid eggs in the fridge that need to be turned into a quiche or custard…or maybe both!

The lighting wasn’t great for these shots but this was really just a practice roll. I’m still happy with the way they turned out! These digital versions were scanned from the negatives with some post-processing done in Aperture. I haven’t tried printing any of them yet.

Cracking an Egg

If you are interested in seeing some of the other photos I’ve taken so far this semester, I’ve created a photoset on Flickr. The final prints that I turn in as assignments end up looking quite a bit different than the online versions that have been scanned from negatives. Hopefully the actual prints look better! I plan on scanning the prints from my final portfolio at the end of the semester and then you’ll be able to see why I’ve been spending extra time in the darkroom!

  1. Whitney

    I can’t remember if I’ve commented on your blog before, but I really love it. Your photos are lovely! I’m taking a documentary food writing class right now, and we’ve talked a lot about food photography. Your work is a great example of the right way to do things, and I enjoy coming back here to see what’s new. Keep up the good work!

    1:14 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  2. Nicole

    Whitey: Thanks so much!

    1:28 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  3. Bob Younce at the Writing Journey

    This is SO cool! I’m not a food blogger (my wife is, though) but I’ve been stumbling through food blogs for a series I’m working on with my writing blog.

    Anyways, I’ve noticed something: food bloggers, more than any other type of blogger, always have AWESOME pictures. These pics are just proof of my theory.

    Good form, Nicole!

    2:31 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  4. Johanna

    I love the first picture on there, of the yolk suspended. It’s fantastic. I love photos of food done by people who love food. It’s always got more passion showing out from the photo, don’t you think?

    3:50 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  5. Susan

    Those are amazing shots! We can almost forgive you for being gone so long 🙂

    4:40 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  6. Shannon

    I don’t think I’ve ever posted before, but I’ve loved exploring your site! Getting into photography is always something I’ve wanted to do–taking a class would be a great idea 🙂 Checked out the photos on flickr, too, they’re great! I really liked the one with the fence, don’t know why, but it struck me for some reason. Ah, food… an outlet for so many things!!

    4:53 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  7. Ruby

    Pics look really cool Nicole!

    5:13 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  8. magpie

    These are really cool. I’m also a food blogger and I really try to make my photos look great… This makes me want to take a class as well 🙂

    6:01 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  9. Elizabeth

    Stunning photos! I hope you are enjoying the class!

    9:15 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  10. RecipeGirl

    Really love the photos. Must be a fun class!

    10:26 pm  Apr 13th, 2008
  11. Erin

    I’d give you an “A” for that last shot! It’s a great example of layered motion. You must be having a blast!

    7:29 am  Apr 14th, 2008
  12. Emon

    Those are some amazing shots, Nicole! And anyone who makes an egg levitate is cool in my book. 😉

    Your black and white set is amazing! More, more, more!

    8:37 am  Apr 14th, 2008
  13. Emon

    If you played Cricket…the way you’re holding the egg in first shot would be a ‘leg-break’ bowling technique. Just thought I’d share. 🙂

    8:45 am  Apr 14th, 2008
  14. Lina

    Wonderful photos! You’ve got talent in the kitchen and behind the camera!

    9:24 am  Apr 14th, 2008
  15. Quinn

    Those are wonderful shots! Please do scan your final portfolio — I know I’m not the only one interested in seeing it. There’s something about real B&W shot on film that can’t be duplicated with Photoshop filtering. I totally understand what you mean about spending hours in a darkroom working on that one print. Just thinking about it conjures up vivid memories of those darkroom smells.

    9:24 am  Apr 14th, 2008
  16. Leah Greenstein

    Beautiful pics, Nicole. Looks like fun.

    1:14 pm  Apr 14th, 2008
  17. Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet

    The photo of the yolk in mid-air is indeed delightful. Actually the entire series reminded me powerfully of my first time living abroad (in Costa Rica) where the women in my village thought I was very funny because I couldn’t crack an egg one-handed.

    I miss my days of having access to a dark-room. There is something wonderful of watching your work appear under your very own hands. That is the part of me that has always secretly wished to be a tradesman or a mason. To step back and say “this is a thing my hands have made” and not have to add the addendum “with some help from the folks at” or something.

    Congrats on the class and keep up the beautiful photos!

    3:00 pm  Apr 14th, 2008
  18. brilynn

    This looks like so much fun!

    4:43 pm  Apr 14th, 2008
  19. Nicole

    Thanks, everyone for your nice comments and support! I’ve been nervous about sharing my photos from class because I still feel like I’m not doing as well as I would like. But honestly, your comments make me feel much more confident! 🙂

    5:16 pm  Apr 14th, 2008
  20. Jeff

    Hi there:
    Love your blog and good to see you are blogging again. I have been shooting b&w film since I took my first class about 5 yrs ago. Recently I borrowed a negative scanner from a friend so I can scan in some negatives. Can you tell me how it works from your experience? So once you scanned it in, you can print them out as digital?

    Unfortunately, being in the darkroom is too time consuming so I’m hoping this way at least I can print out some of my prints, even though it’s not the same as in the darkroom.

    Great pics, you have a great eye. Keep clicking that’s the only way to improve.

    1:30 pm  Apr 15th, 2008
  21. Suki

    Wow, lovely intro to your blog 😀

    I will so certainly be back for more!

    3:49 am  Apr 16th, 2008
  22. Jonathan

    Brava! I love the quality and graininess of non-digital photography. Great shots!

    6:49 am  Apr 19th, 2008
  23. naqsh

    Wow! Wish I could be that good! Let the photography alone, I wouldnt ever dare to play around with eggs like that, ever!

    2:00 am  Apr 26th, 2008
  24. janelle

    WHAT FUN!!!! I loved the motion of the eggs; and I love that you are in class pursuing your passion. Guess it is in the blogosphere—I am adoring being at culinary school and with five hour labs… happy sigh. Keep those gorgeous photos coming!

    10:10 am  Apr 29th, 2008
  25. David

    I can tell you’re having fun.

    10:15 am  May 1st, 2008
  26. Candygirl

    Oooh, I love your photos. I took a summer class in photography more than 10 years ago. I miss printing my own photographs. Good luck with your final portfolio and enjoy your classes!

    8:34 pm  Jun 7th, 2008
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