In my photograph, a zombie child is feasting on what is portrayed as handfuls of intestines and body organs but is actually a full dinner-plate-amount of boiled spaghetti noodles, uncooked ravioli, and a few drops of red food dye to create a bloody appearance. The photo shoot occurred on a warm day in my backyard. I used a Nikon D300 and nothing but natural lighting. After the shoot I used Adobe Photoshop CS2 to brighten the colors further, specifically the red in the intestines, to give it a more dramatic tone. All make-up was applied before the shoot, was not done in Photoshop.

I am in High School and still learning all I can about my camera.

-Amandalyn Dorner


Nikon d7000
35mm-70mm f/2.8

100 ISO

Set up my three A800, Alien Bees, cut a thin slice of grapefruit and shot it in a tank full of seltzer water.
I love how it resembles the human muscular system with its similar color palette and texture.


-Amie Hauck

"Kiss Me Now"

I shoot erotic, sexy portraits of food, using a Nikon D700.
For this image i used my 105mm, 2.8 lens, ISO160, at 1/250, F29! It's shot in- studio with a black backdrop and a strobe. i sprayed the double cherry from a spray bottle, giving it that extra juicy, wet kiss look. Most of my food work is suggestive in nature but innocent in subject, drawing on the viewers emotions and attitudes about sexuality and sensuality to blur the lines between things that go unnoticed in everydaylife and those that draw in our attention and provoke us.


-Cerraeh Laykin

Nikon D7000 18-105 lens shot at 105

Shutter 1/80 @ F 5.6

ISO 1000

lighting - available light mixed with tungsten light bounced off ceiling

Immediately upon seeing the parameters of this contest, I was very excited for the challenge Food + photography. As a foodie and a photographer who's partner is a photographer, this presented me with so many options. Upon an inventory of our refrigerator and cupboards, the brainstorming process began with my boyfriend and me. Some fresh broccoli and ginger root hanging out waiting to be a delicious stir-fry began the building blocks for food art with a zen twist. The edible "bonsai" was constructed from ginger root for the trunk and brocoli florets as the evergreen - a touch of fresh chives provides accent. This work of art pays homage to the japanese art form which originated thousands of years ago.


We decided to keep it simple and let the bonsai speak for itself. We used minimal editorial software on the image - mostly just a slight vignette and some slight tweaking of the color balancing.

I hope you all enjoy the image as much as we did creating it! A delicious challenge!

-Courtney Zellmer and John Gerber


Canon 7D, lens 50mm, ISO 400, f4, 1/30

A desert made out of rice. Rice is the basic aliment in most cultures. So abundant it could fill up a desert. Yet again, hunger still remains. Landscaping a desert with some brown rice, paper glue and cardboard, and photographing it with a couple of made up lights holding from a microphone stand was definitely fun.

-Gilliam Dela Torre


ISO 6400
135 MM
1/350 sec.

Took the picture of morning breakfast with the rising morning sun.

-Hiral Patel


Olympus E-510
14-42mm lens

The preperation was the hardest part of the picture. I sewed the bacon by hand to get it to stay in place. It was 7 strips of bacon used in the tie. It was one of the toughest things I could have done. Bacon does not sew well. I was honestly surprised that we got a half windser knot tied with the bacon.

-Jack Gebhardt


Morning Glory: This is actually a breakfast I made for my 4 year old daughter a few weeks ago (that one was on a plate). This time I added a real flower pot and ground beef darkened with soy sauce for dirt. The flower is an inch wide slice of bell pepper, an egg (3 whites and 1 yolk), a stick of asparagus, and baby leaf for leaves. Ever so slight adjustments in photoshop. Saw the challenge last minute, and rode my scooter through the pouring rain in Kyoto to get the ingredients. Panasonic GH1, 1970s Nikon A.I. 55mm, @f/1.2, ISO 125, 1/20s.

-James Rogers


Well i was eating my breakfast, that mom made to me ñ.ñ and i saw this freaking thing in my melon i thought it was like a fetus T-T and i just decided to capture it.

I took this photo with my Aquos007 SH softbank cellphone ñ.ñ

-Jesus Gonzalez


My first thought with this contest was to do a landscape. I was thinking mountains of fruit, plains of mac-n-cheese... I decided to scale back and do a waterfall. Lots of greens, mushrooms- I figured I'd use spaghetti for the fall, then my father suggested Thai noodles because they're less yellow. I was stumped with the river for a while and considered abandoning the idea- this was Sunday morning. I asked my eight year old son what I should make and he yelled "pancakes!", but he meant breakfast. I took it to mean the river floor. The 'syrup' got thicker and thicker until it looked like gravy, but I liked the effect. This was the last shot of the shoot, one of the only vertical/portrait takes.

Thai rice noodles
white, crimini, and oyster mushrooms
CokaCola/corn starch syrup-gravy
collard greens

-Julian De Puma


For this picture I used my Canon T3i with my 55-250 lens, ISO at 800 and shutter speed of 1/40. For this photo challenge I decided to make a summer scene out of food. Th ground is made out gelatin mixed with coco which proved to be very fertile ground which supports good growth of parsley grass. The sandy beach made out of ground pork leads to a beautiful blue lake of jello. Back behind the cabin are weeds made from asparagus. Speaking of the cabin, the original inspiration for this whole project was to build a log style cabin out of breakfast sausage with a bacon roof. I was successful with my goal of having fun and hope others enjoy it!

-Kyle Schaub


I originally wanted to create a really trippy scene using marshmallows as clouds and gold fish swimming among them on a green field, but school work got in the way.
I decided to go simple and just use my "20 dollar light box and play around with an avocado. I played with a dozen funny of which seriously resembled a pod racer from Star Wars Phantom Menace. I used my Nikon D3100 for this one, the picture's metadata is :f/ 5.6, ISO 400, 1/125

-Matthew Singleton


I back lit this orange slice by perching it on top of a snooted flash. Even with the flash and ISO on the lowest settings, the light coming through the orange was too intense. Rather than just dialing a larger F-stop, I used the extra orange slices as light filters and just started stacking them on top until the light was pleasing. I cropped in a bit to bring out more of the juicy details and the starburst like pattern.

Canon 5D Mark II, 70 mm,F 8.0,ISO 50,1/100 sec

-Nate Cantrell


Explosion of flavor

My original plan was to post fruit being blown up by fire crackers. Unfortunately the fire crackers did not do my plans justice. I resorted to shooting the fruit and doughnuts with a .45 which suited the taste of my artistic palette.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II at 63mm
Aperture: f / 4
Exposure: 1/8000 sec


-Robert Allen

I asked my wife to commit to doing the challenge with me no matter what it was on Saturday night before either of us had seen it. We took the camera out to dinner with us but nothing stuck out as something we could use.


Sunday morning I repeated it out loud "Food as art" then, out of the corner of my eye, I see my wife carving the strawberry.

Shot in front of the back door:
Canon T4i
EF 50mm f/1.8 lI lens
f/1.8 1/250s ISO100

-Rob Houge


I was picking up salad fixings for a "make your own salad" night when I saw this pepper that looked like an angry old man. Nothing else spoke to me for this challenge, so, angry old-man pepper it was.

34 mm
1/125 sec
ISO 200

-Rob Huber


Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Lense: Canon 50mm
F: 1.8
ISO: 320
Exposure: 1/60

Everyone knows that beer and nuts are a great combination. I think whiskey and nuts are far superior. As the saying goes, "Don't cry over spilled nuts." If you're getting emotional over these leftover nuts from the holidays, the decanter of Buffalo Trace whiskey should lift your spirits.

-Stephen Williams


After seeing this weeks shooting challenge I began to brain storm. My interpretation of food as art has always been seeing food as an inadament object. Thinking and looking at different shapes of fruits and vegetables for about a day gave me no ideas. But on saturday morning my girlfriend woke up early and was juicing fruit. Being slightly hung over the noise woke me up. I went into the kitchen and saw a few pears on the counter waiting to be juiced. That's when I saw the shape of the fruit and thought, it looks like a bell. On sunday night, I took the saved pear, cut the bottom off to make it flat. Scooped a small portion of the inside out to make a bowl shape, and stuck a fishing sinking into the pear to resemble the bells clapper. I used two strobes, one for the key light and one for a strong soft edge, and one off camera flash directly underneath the pear. Hung the pear by the ceiling with fishing line and used black foam core board as my backdrop.

Camera: Canon 5d mark II
Lens: 24-105mm f4 @ 105mm @f14
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 1/200th

-Steven Twardzik


Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 50mm f/1.8

ISO 800

I enjoy cookies and milk, a lot—perhaps too much. And I know I'm not the only one. After all, who can possibly resist the perfect dessert/drink combination that transcends both age and culture?


But as I slowly dunk my favorite cookie down into milk, an art that I've honed to a meticulous science, I can't help but wonder if my crunchy friends feel the sharp sting of injustice brought upon by their tasty popularity. "Good-bye, cruel world!" I hear them say, just before I quiet them into complete, lactose submersion.

I'm sorry it has to be this way, my chocolate-chipped friends. But you are just too damn delicious.

-Trevor Cochlin