For the first time, I decided to bake something for this blog expressly because I wanted to photograph it, not because I wanted to eat it.
I stumbled across the recipe for Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies on the Two Peas and Their Pod site (great site if you’re a foodie, by the way) and immediately wanted to take a crack at shooting these babies. I think it’s the pomegranate arils. They’re just so gorgeous, looking like ruby red jewels sitting in their bowl.
I honestly didn’t know if I would like the cookies. In my old age, my chocolate tastes have shifted and I find white chocolate way too sweet. And as much as I love pomegranate seeds, I didn’t know how they’d work in a cookie.
Well. Oh. My. Word.
These are my new favourite cookie. The chocolate is sweet but the little bursts of tart, juicy flavour from the arils balances it out. Plus, they’re chewy and crispy in all the right places. Go get the recipe and make some!
I wanted to do my best to take different photos than Two Peas had on their site and I really struggled with light this time. I usually shoot with natural light and there was a limited supply of it the day I baked these. I tried adding some flash from my speedlight and the over head kitchen light but it looked horrible and orange. I took three shots with just natural light and you see two of them here.
Photo 1:50mm, f5.0, 1/20th, 200ISO, no exposure compensation. You can see how the light from the window was low in the sky and still cast a shadow on the flat cookies.
Photo 2: 50mm, f1.8, 1/320th, 200ISO, +2/3 exposure compensation. I had very long shadows from the light from the window and I used my reflector to try and bounce some of the light back onto the dough balls and fill some of the shadow.