Pictured here are some amazing (or just cute) photos I took with my new SONY WX9 Digital Camera the weekend I got it. SONY invited me out to their headquarters along with a handful of other food bloggers from around the country back in March to give us the first crack at using these hot little numbers. My friend Sukhjit Ghag is SONY’s head of social media for their electronics group and she was our host. If you’re interested in more about the trip, she wrote a great post about our visit, including a video (starring moi) with tips for food photography.
Oh yeah, I’m giving away one of these cameras. Brand new, in the box. You know you want it! Enter here.
Now, my favorite things about the camera are:
- It is amazing in low light, even without a flash. This is absolutely key for amateur food and cocktail photography, since you’re often shooting in dim restaurants and bars.
- Background Defocus mode. This is what I used on the top photo of the artichokes and the below photo of the blood oranges. I love how it really draws the eye in to the subject of the photo while lending a lovely soft blur to the background, making it an interesting backdrop for whatever you are trying to frame.
- Soft Skin mode. See the photo of me drinking a milkshake below. I’ve had SONY cameras ever since I got my first digital camera in 2006 and my friends always wanted me to take the pictures when we were out cause it made everyone look great. But SONY has really outdone themselves in this regard with this camera. I’m pretty blessed with good skin, but for a camera to make me look better than I do in real life? Well, how can you not love that?
After a few days in San Diego, I hopped over to L.A. for a business meeting and a quick visit with a friend. You know me, though. I can’t visit a big city without checking out its ethnic neighborhoods, so we hopped over to Koreatown. I slowly got the hang of my new camera and got some really lovely shots.
This particular spot was Haus Dessert Cafe. Check this place out, especially if you seek delicious gluten- or dairy-free goodies.
These next photos were taken at L.A.’s Koreatown Plaza in the giant supermarket. They have a whole aisle of kimchee, a whole aisle of soy sauce and several aisles of sake, rice, dried fish and more. I could have played in there for hours.
I had two requests during my visit to L.A.
One: We must visit Son of a Gun for cocktails and oysters.
Two: We must visit Animal restaurant (owned by the same people as Son of a Gun). It’s one of those places with a waiting list three weeks long, and now I get why. I crave the below dish every other day and I think life is unfair because it’s way over there and I’m over here.
Oh, and a third wish: Visit Cana Rum Bar. It’s members-only, but luckily I know people who know people. Otherwise, I may not have been cool enough to get in. (And now I’m a member, so I’d love to take you next time I’m in L.A.)
All in all, I’d have to say this little camera is priceless. If I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t have been able to catch all these shots. Besides a new camera, I got a whole new crew of friends in my fellow SONY Foodies. They are all wonderful food writers and photographers. Check out their sites linked below.
Many thanks to the SONY Electronics team, especially Sukhjit and Chef Chris Ivens-Brown of Compass Group (Sony’s corporate culinary provider).
Thanks also to my lovely and talented fellow SONY Foodies:
Foodspotting.com/blog (Amy and Fiona)
Punkdomestics.com (Sean and DPaul)