Dining Out posts instead of reviews

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 18, 2010

in Dining Out

As I keep saying, I am soooo behind in my blog posts! I have lots and lots of photos of the places I have been to, but just no time to do a proper review. I still want a record of the places I’ve visited and ate at, something like a food photo journal, but it’s not as comprehensive as a ‘review’. I have decided to call them ‘Dining Out’ posts rather than restaurant reviews, where I share with you what I have eaten.

I also think that ‘restaurant reviews’ can sometimes have negative connotations for bloggers. I just want to record and share what I’ve eaten rather than try to sway readers to visit a place or avoid it. Reviews tend to be classed as unfair if you only visit a place once or don’t order a wide range of dishes or aren’t objective enough etc. I’m not a professional food critic, nor writer, nor photographer – I’m just a girl who loves dining out, taking photos of her food and sharing it with others who have the same interests!

I don’t expect my posts to change much but it gives me the freedom not to have to write as much if I don’t want to or don’t have time to, as it’s not a ‘review’.

Look out for my dining out posts!

Over & Out, April xx

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Chocolate June 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Great idea..

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Ange June 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Agree with you completely, looking fwd to seeing what you've been eating

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Anh June 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

You know this is your blog, and you have the right to say your opinion, right? 🙂 I don't do any review on my blog but I love reading yours and others.

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Agnes June 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I agree about wanting to record and share what I've eaten! Look forward to reading your posts 🙂

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April @ My Food Trail June 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

Hi Chocolate: Thanks.

Hi Ange: Thanks! I've got so many posts to come!

Hi Anh: Thanks! Yes, I know – don't worry I will still do that!

Hi Agnes: Thanks!

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menchu July 2, 2010 at 2:45 am

Yes, I agree with your view.
PS: I like your attempts and style of food photography; however, in my Google Chrome browser they look out of focus. I think you were trying selective focus, but sometimes you really need to get the whole lot in focus for it to look even remotely interesting. Hope you don't mind this feedback, as I often have the same issue. Keep up the good work! Cheers!

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April @ My Food Trail July 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hi menchu: Thanks for visiting and your feedback! I have never seen my blog on Google Chrome so I didn't know it was out of focus.

I guess selective focus is very subjective – some people like a shallow depth of field, others don't! For me though, a lot of the time I don't have a lot of light to work with so I have to use a larger aperture in order to capture a shot which means most of the photo won't be in focus. If it means I can actually take a photo, I have to live with a shallower depth of field!

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menchu July 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I love selective focus myself and use it most frequently with my own food photography! Currently, I am looking at your blog in IE8 and the images look fine, except for one or two — the emame soy pod beans (you've chosen to focus on the middle portion (the highest spot of the pile of beans), whereas this image would look much better ALL in focus, such as your Soy Chang Bow post, which photo I think is fantastic!

Not knowing the type of camera you use, I say to you that lighting issues can be resolved simply, either in camera or in image editing software.

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Shane July 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Yes I agree reviews can sometimes have negative connotations for people, because there maybe something on the menu that a reader might like but if the person who is doing the review is only talking about one dish and the service on that night it could turn people off the restaurant… So I really like how you've framed your content on this blog, thanks for sharing.

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April @ My Food Trail July 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

Hi menchu: Trying to fix lighting issues (ie. dark restaurants) doesn't work because if you don't want a shallow depth of field (aperture), you have to bump your ISO in order to be able to take a hand held steady shot. My camera doesn't perform well with high ISO so I have to compensate. I'm not good with post processing so my photos are what they are.

I do take your photo that in some photos I could have picked a better area to focus on, thanks for the feedback.

Hi Shane: Thanks!

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menchu July 22, 2010 at 3:50 am

Hi April, Since you're already using a wider aperture (the selective focusing of the image), if you wish to have more light, often it's just a matter of you seating yourself near a window or greater source of light, even tungsten or fluorescent. Picasa is a free image editing program from Google that even an untrained idiot can use; it's highly intuitive!

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April @ My Food Trail July 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hi menchu: Thanks for the tips.

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