Halloween was kind of a bust this year. Usually I get a lot of trick or treaters but this year, only about 30. Which means…
…lots of leftover Halloween Candy. This is not really a good thing. Large quantities of small serving chocolate shouldn’t really be allowed in my personal space. Eventually it’s all going to wind up in my tummy.
Quick poll: how many of you like to eat chocolate frozen?
Ummmm… I do, I do, I do!!! Me! Me! Me! (you can’t see it but I’m waving my arm in the air and jumping up and down!).
I stick leftover chocolate in the freezer all the time… love the sharpened flavour it gets when you do that and the snap it makes when you break it. And as it melts on your tongue all the flavours pop.
I feel the same way with cookies – I often freeze a big bag and then sneak them out one at a time. (sneak them out… like there is anybody else here who cares that I’m “sneaking” a cookie out of the freezer!).
Anyway, I decided to take a whole bunch of that leftover candy and make cookies. Ok, now is that really a good idea? I mean, if I just ate the candy, it would be just that – bad for me candy. But now I’m adding butter and sugar to it making it even worse candy…
Who cares, right? Just eat the cookies.
The recipe is from an old post (this is a staple cookie in my house) and instead of putting chocolate chips in, I chopped up about a cup of Reese Peanut Butter Cups and added another cup of Reeses Pieces
Food Photography Tips
Image 1: 1/80, f/10.0, 100mm, ISO1600
I photographed this in a totally different location than usual: on my office chair, in my office, just below my north facing window. It just seemed to have really even light which is nice for an overhead shot (again, notice the higher f-stop for better focus). It worked quite well and I’ll try it again. I also photographed the cookies several days after I made them due to really poor lighting conditions. Sometimes you work with a food that allows you to do this and cookies are a good one!
Image 2: 1/40, f/7.1, 50mm, ISO1250
This image was given a small crop to frame it better. I also burned the candy a bit in LR so it wasn’t too bright. And I practiced my cloning skills by cleaning up all the chocolate crumbs on the intact Reese Peanut Butter Cups. Then it was contrast, sharpen and done. Note the higher f-stop for the overhead shot so that it was more evenly focused.
Image 3: 1/80, f/4.5, 100mm, ISO1250, no exposure compensation.
This came right out of the camera, had the contrast adjusted and got sharpened. That’s it. I shot it and the one above it at about 2 in the afternoon with really horrible light but it didn’t turn out too badly!