Uni Murakami

Uni Murakami is a restaurant at Hokkaido specializing in uni cuisine. Their main store is at Hakodate, but since we did not go to Hakodate, we went to their branch at Sapporo.

The most common way of eating uni in Japanese cuisine is eating it raw for sashimi and sushi, but Uni Murakami has many creative ways of serving uni, ways that probably most people have never seen before.

All the photos were taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

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5 thoughts on “Uni Murakami

  1. Thank you for sharing your photos. I have found that you have a very consistent style when it comes to food pictures; for example, blown highlights, saturated colours, extremely shallow depth of field, off-level composition, etc. As a result, sometimes it is hard to tell what ingredients are in the dishes or to tell apart different dishes. I wonder if you will consider new variations on styling your food next time?

    • Hi Scorpio,

      Thanks for the comment and suggestion. Anyway, I would just like to explain to you about the style of photography I choose to use.

      Firstly, I am only shooting food for recreation, I am not shooting for a client. Therefore, I intend the food photographs as a mean of artistic expression, rather than just plainly and clearly showing the food in a documentary style. And shooting food in a restaurant while you are having a meal, rather than shooting professionally means one have to deal with a lot of compromises, especially in lighting and placement of the food. The light source is something one cannot control, often rather dark and the prop or background can leave a lot to be desired. Using a large aperture lens with shallow depth of field can help to ameliorate a lot of those problems.

      Why the blown highlights you may ask, well IMHO, the problem with food photos from many recreational photographers is that they are usually under or and not well exposed. Food has to be well exposed to look good, and that means the highlight may look blown, but actually the blown highlights are usually at insignificant areas.

      This style of food photography is quite commonly used by many professional food photographers, take a look at this site for example:- http://www.foodportfolio.com/blog/food_photography/food_photgraphy.html

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