Diptychs and Triptychs

It’s the sixth of the month and it’s also the second post of the month. Nice, to have enough to talk about within a span of less than one week..it’s quite commendable (by my standards and if I have to say so myself :p)! Super, but let’s not get all excited, lest I leave rest of the month all bare. Hehehe.

We first spoke of the term DIPTYCH here and that’s what I’m going to talk to you a little more about. As I have already mentioned a series of photographs put together to tell a story is what makes a Diptych and two to be exact about the number. Triptychs contain 3 as the first three letter indicate.

Okay, so..it’s a very straightforward concept. When it comes to food photography, these can be very useful tools to tell the story of the dish being prepared or as one of the examples I have included, it can be used to give the viewer two or three different perspectives of the same dish.

Here the image shows off the contents inside of the tart shell and also how it would look at eye-level. I have included the technical details of the image here.

Yesterday was quite hectic at home. Along with some ‘Fall-Cleaning’ of the house, my mother (almost a regular passive participant here now :)) decided to try her hand at baking some Indian savory tea-time snacks. We had been discussing making these for quite sometime but unless it’s done spontaneously, it keeps getting pushed. On the spurt of the moment, we put the things together from a recipe which I found at this blog. Shweta does a wonderful job at explaining how this made so easily at home and she also has some step-by-step instruction photos as well. Ha! Another good use for dips and trips (pun intended)! Here in a three step Triptych I show how the samosas looked just before it went into the oven, while it was being baked and finally hot off it.

They make stand-alone images as well as tell a small story when put together. Setup, if you ask me was barely minimal. Natural window light, wide open aperture with a 50mm lens and a steady pair of hands so as to capture the image at between 1/15 – 120sec shutter speed. ISO was high at 800, but because enough light managed to come in..noise in the image is not very visible. Images with such techniques are quite plentiful to find across the net to give you an idea what all purposes they are used even within Food Photography.

Here’s still another example. Here’s combining two images. One of a fully prepared dish. Another of the key ingredient used. Variations are multiple so have fun and experiment. A combination of a close-up and far off shot are also good uses. Try, try..it really is very simple.

Olan – A traditional South – Indian vegetarian dish made with Cowpeas and coconut milk and tempered with green chillies and curry leaves

I know, I know.. I seem to be on a trip of laying out my images in a book style presentation, lately. But hey, like I said, options are immense for learning, one never knows what more one can learn from doing something new. Until next and hopefuly soon..Cheerios! The cheesy variety!


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