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We start every year as a family, preparing delicious traditional Japanese food for family and friends in Los Angeles. This New Year was no exception. For the past two years, I’ve posted some of our food photographs from the 2011 and 2012 celebrations. It’s a really fun time and the 100 or so people who come, enjoy the food and friendship. The family members and friends also have fun shopping for and preparing the many Japanese delicacies. Personally, I am always amazed by the beautiful presentation of the dishes.
The first, and one of the most important steps is to start with sharp knives. The fish, vegetables and sushi rolls require a sharp knife so they are not crushed while being cut. Jon, a close family friend, has been coming over for years, several days before New Years day, and he sharpens all of the knives. He’s a real pro at this and I wanted to photograph him in the process. He taught me a lot about knife sharpening while I was shooting the photographs. I chose to show this one because it demonstrates his steady hands, skill and confidence in what he was doing.
My main job the last few years has been to photograph the food prep and display. We hope to create a book with recipes and photographs over this coming year.
The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 640.