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Dec 1, 2013 07:07 AM


CBS Sunday Morning did a refreshing segment rather critical of photographing food what with the proliferation of camera phones. One chef said his food should be eaten before it gets cold. Many of us have suffered through friends' vacation photos over the decades, but now it's worse. I don't give a flying fuck what the salad you ate last Thursday looked like. Others' thoughts on the subject?

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  1. The only time I have done this was my wonderful day spent in the French Quarter a few months ago. Trust me, the 3 seconds it took me to take a picture of my Jambalaya at Coop's Place or my Gator Poppers at The New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company did not cause them to get cold and did not diminish the wonderful taste in any way, although it does allow me to remember and relive such an enjoyable day in my favorite city.

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    1. re: PotatoHouse

      I like the reliving a memory part. But not all of your 100 closest friends want to relive it with you....
      I have friends constantly sticking their phone screens in my face. "Oh Veggo, go to your car and get your reading glasses so you can see this better.."

      1. re: Veggo

        Veggo, I feel your pain. I was a biomedical photographer for 36 years, and have been shown a lot of vacation photos. Although I get a big kick out of some of the livelier vacation photos I've seen, the food photos had better be damn interesting, and there shouldn't be more than a couple per trip. As Bill Hunt said once, they're by definition pretty lousy quality, so don't bother bragging about the food shot, either.

    2. I do some "Foodtography" at home to share with my FB friends but never, ever in a restaurant.
      It's outta control! I know a few people who take pictures of every single restaurant meal they have. It's embarrassing and laughable...
      Make it go away please.

        1. Don't look at them.

          I'd much rather see a picture of a meal someone ate than the 10,000th picture of their drooling baby.

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          1. re: linguafood

            10,000 drooling baby pictures? I would rather see one close up of a regurgitated meal, with my reading glasses.
            I'm becoming more routine at swatting away incoming camera photos, like flies. I really don't give a rat's ass what the image is. I live in real time.

            1. re: linguafood

              I try to be a good CH and do a little writeup when I visit a new to us restaurant or have a new and especially good dish at a regular haunt. Goes on my regional board. And as to food getting cold while photos are taken, I'm sure that happens but not with me. The camera is out, pic takes a VERY few secs and that's that. I will however show a current grandbaby photo to friends. But just one. At a time :)

              1. re: c oliver

                Thought a little more about this. I don't believe I've ever had anyone show me a food picture on their phone. Even a chef acquaintance :) He might show me a recent picture of his family but never any of food. But I suppose if a "news magazine" had a feature on it, it must happen.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I do it all the time. In fact, my phone pics are pretty much two categories: pics of the dude (my cat) and pics of food.

                  Oh, how my friends suffer :-D

                  1. re: linguafood

                    :) Most of the food pix I take, either with my camera or my phone, are just too small and in need of brightening and cropping so my friends are saved :)

                    Here are a couple from our lunch out yesterday. Spicy black bean beef chow fun and claypot beef and glass noodles! HAHAHA!

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I'm glad I'm not the only one!! Friends often ask to see pictures of what I've been cooking or eating and as I browse the food pictures are mixed with pictures of my little buddy (the kitten). Just yesterday someone remarked "uh, your phone is just pictures of food and your cat, is there anything else on there?" Nope


                In case anyone else (like me) missed the food seflie (ugh) segment due to the train accident in NY.

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                1. re: HillJ

                  Wah, wah, annoying voice, wah, 'clever' puns, wah, wah... cry me a river :-)

                  People oughta get a life.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    Oh, gawd, now I'm REALLY sorry I missed it :) Was there a particular point? I tend not to watch shows like that cause it's rarely "news." Give details please.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      The two of you slay me. Was it really that painful to watch a small opinion piece, ha!

                      CBS Sunday Morning is about the only news program on television that bothers to bring positive news to the week. Segments on art, culture, food, science, good ole interesting things to learn about. Their OpEd voices like the last one CH's discussed about the misuse of the phrase "no problem" doesn't attempt to do anything more than observe human behavior. Much like CH's do 24/7.

                      Lighten up friends. (she says with a smirk).

                    2. re: linguafood

                      Okay, I was able to watch this just now. News? Hardly. And I've never seen anyone stand on a chair. Actually I've never seen anyone stand up to take a pic. Or to have one of those great big honkin' cameras. My camera is about the size of a deck of cards. I think using examples that don't generally occur completely negates the message they were trying to send. And how it comes across as bragging is simply beyond me. Huh. Get a life indeed. And if that's the kind of programming that they have I'm pretty glad my TV doesn't go on til about 6PM :)

                    3. re: HillJ

                      Unfortunately, HJ, my data plan doesn't allow me to watch much in the way of videos. But it would have been interesting. I've not actually seen people overdo it in restaurants but just some of the things I've seen on CH show that it clearly happens. And like other obsessions (I'm especially thinking of golf where aficionados will discuss every shot ad nauseum - I know cause I'm married to one!) I'm sure a lot of us do get carried away. I catch myself not infrequently giving someone way too much info about a dish I've eaten or cooked.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I can't say that I've experienced a great deal of customer food photography while eating out in restaurants or popping in for take away but I see food photography postings all over the social media forums. Whatever the popularity, it's caught the attention of people who report on social behavior. Does it matter to me, no not really.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          It was a brilliant example of investigative journalism :-D