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Bacon wrapped scallops

with sweet and sour sauce

Bacon wrapped scallops with grilled onions on mashed potatoes, decorated with mint leaves, on a plate resting on piano strings.

Bacon wrapped scallops with grilled onions on mashed potatoes, decorated with mint leaves, on a plate resting on piano strings.

© Copyright John Cumming.

Your reaction when you first see this picture might be a simple "Wow!". This picture has it all, yet it's so very simple looking, proving that less is sometimes more. The sprig of mint leaves provides just the tight touch of bright color. The image is elegant and tasteful without being pretentious. And most important for a food photograph, it looks scrumptious, and would appeal even to people who have never eaten a scallop.

Photographed with a Rollei view camera equipped with a Phase 1 P40 digital back for the Alley Grille in Greektown Casino, John says, "In this image, we were trying to capture the atmosphere of the restaurant's piano bar." Working with stylist Diane Long of Long On Style, John says, "We shot several plates in different spots, and I thought the color and strong graphic element of the piano strings lent itself well to this dish."

Shooting literally inside the piano bounced a lot of unwanted light on the subject, so a lot of time was spent getting rid of it. John says "Plenty of black matte board to block and shape the light took care of it."

"We spent about two hours on this shot," says John, "which was used for promotional posters in the casino and in regional magazine ads."

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