In addition to a myriad of photographic opportunities in the Hillwood Gardens, in the fall, the gardens are SPECTACULAR with deep red leaves framing the garden hedges!
For those of us who love to take pictures, it is VERY hard to be confronted with a visual culinary delight in a fancy restaurant and not take a picture! You’ve been there, right? Food presentation has now become an art form. That gorgeous dessert dripping with sauce and calories just HAS to be photographed before it is eaten, right?
But it is not easy to do. The picture does not do justice to the dish: it comes out too bright, or too dark, or too blurry, or the wrong color. Or you have committed an even worse sin by leaving your camera at home!
Help is now on the way from professional food and restaurant photographer E. David (first-he-shoots-them-then-he-eats-them!) Luria. Director of the Washington Photo Safari, working in cooperation with the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
Led by Mr. Luria, you will be taken to three restaurants in historic Georgetown. Then, before you dive in to taste the samples served by the restaurant, Mr. Luria, who has photographed over 300 restaurants for the Entertainment Book, will provide basic tips on food and restaurant photography, including tips on camera settings, white balance, ISO, depth of field and composition and camera stability so that memories of your experience in the restaurant will exist not just in your stomach but in your camera as well, which is a VERY valuable skill to have on your next vacation! He will also show you how to photograph the lovely interior of the restaurant from your table without disturbing fellow diners.
We have three unique Italian restaurants on our itinerary for this safari. The tour will begin in Washington Harbor at Fiola de Mare, famous for its Mediterranean style seafood with unique color and flavor, From there, we will head to nearby Il Canale, with its delicious thin-crust wood-fired pizza and its ornate pizza oven!. We will end at Filomena’s on Wisconsin Avenue, photographing the woman who makes pasta specialties in the window before diving in to eat the pasta menu!
For this safari any camera will do, even cellphone cameras, but cameras with adjustable apertures, shutter speeds and the ability to shoot on Manual are highly recommended to give you the maximum benefit from the safari. Lenses such as 18-55mm are fine, wide angle lenses (i.e 10-20 mm or 11-16 mm) give broader coverage for interior shots, a 35 mm F1.8 or a 50mm F1.4 or macro lens capability is also desirable. We also suggest a table-top tripod or a handy Gorillapod for stability, but we will also show you what to do if you DON’T have one.
The fee includes food tastings and photographic instruction.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, small tripod
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet outside the door at Fiola de Mare, at 3100 K Street NW for initial orientation.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.