Top Ten Macheesmo Photos

I would say that I spend about as much time on photos for each Macheesmo post as I do on actually writing the post itself. If this website has taught me anything to date it is that photography is hard.

That said, I have almost 800 photos on Macheesmo now and there are literally thousands of photos on my computer that will never see the light of day due to their suckiness. So I thought it would be fun to do a Top Ten post showing my personal favorites from the last six months.

Whoa. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for six months.

All of the photos link to the original posts.

#10 – I learn to use a camera

The start of something beautiful.

This was the first set of photos I took after acquiring a cheap photography light and also getting some helpful tips from a friend. There are about two months of photos on Macheesmo before this post that aren’t terrible, but I considered this post a turning point.

#9 – Colors and white boards

The photo does not do the salad justice.

The photo does not do the salad justice.

I really love the photos in this post because of the awesome colors. This photo above was especially colorful I thought. This was also the post where I realized how awful it looked to have a reflecting white board in the shot. In the post there is one in almost every shot. Sigh.

#8 – I don’t learn my lesson

Macheesmo, M.D.

Macheesmo, M.D.

Homemade chicken soup is one of my favorite things to make in the winter. This photo reminds me of feeling better after a few days of sickness. I also forgot everything I learned about keeping white boards out of the shot.

#7 – Groups of butter

Like Butta.

Like Butta.

I took this photo recently, and I really liked the look of the wrapped up butters. I think this may be because I can just imagine all of the lovely meals I can make with each little bundle.

#6 – The grilled cheese



This was the post where I think I succeeded at making and photographing the grilled cheese. It was also the post that gave me my first 1,000 hit day on Macheesmo so it holds a special place in my heart.

#5 – Are those even real?

Fake nachos. Except not.

Fake nachos. Except not.

I swear these are the real nachos I made, but when I look at them I think they look almost too perfect. They look almost staged! And I guess they sort of are because I knew I was going to take a photo of them. Trust me though. They don’t just look good. They are good.

#4 – Artsy Figgy

Figgin Figs.

Friggin’ Figs.

The photo on the left I found especially artsy and pretty. Something about how the figs are sliced was cool. The sandwiches I made with them were pretty darn good also.

#3 – A pork roast

So good.

So good.

I was nervous when I was cooking this as I haven’t cooked a lot of full roasted, but it came out really well and photographed well also. It made for a great dinner party.

#2 – Mashed Potato Pizza

Best. Thing. Ever.

Best. Thing. Ever.

This one post has accounted for about 1/4 of my Macheesmo traffic. It also happens to be delicious and this is my favorite photo from that post.

#1 Happiness

Absolutely Happy.

Absolutely Happy.

This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It’s a photo of my nephew who I rarely see and he is just so happy in it. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Now that I’ve shown some of my favorite photos I would love to see some of yours. If you have a favorite photo either that you’ve taken or just in general, post it in a comment!

10 comments on “Top Ten Macheesmo Photos

  1. Trust me I'm still learning also ;)

    This is one of the better write-ups I've seen on food photography. Read it and digest it and then start doing little things. Each step will improve your photography a lot.

    I think lighting is more important than camera. If you can't use natural light all the time, it might be worth investing in a a cheap tabletop light. This is the one I use and I'm very happy with it. Sometimes I drape a white shirt over it to diffuse the light a bit as it can be a bit harsh.

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    Good luck!

  2. Ok, so my favorites are "happiness" and the "grilled cheese"

    How the heck did you pull off getting 1000 hits (ooooh, as I typed 'hits' I realized that didnt' mean comments) – sheesh! I truly became jealous of you (as I only get about 3 comments per post).

    I love the pictures, and I, too, have thought about getting a photography light. Seeing your pictures is worth the investment.

  3. Hi Nick,

    your photography adds that little extra flavour to your dish, which may me want to visit your site everyday. Cheers

  4. I eat vicariously through your photos (they're excellent). Also laugh at your jokes. Now I just need to start cooking…

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