by Skip Cohen
We're jumping in with episode sixteen of Tamron Recipes, and for the first time, we really are connected with food in the Tamron Kitchen. With every guest, we've shared information and ideas related to their specialty, but never directly into the world of food photography! The result today has Tamron Kitchen filled with great ingredients, all edible from a well-respected artist in photography.
Boston-based, Derrick Zellmann is joining us. Although there's pretty much nothing, Derrick can't photograph, we're focused on his passion for food photography. Even more fun comes into his work with portraits of the chefs who create his subjects, which we'll share with next week's podcast.
In this new recipe, Derrick used Tamron's SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD. I had a hard time deciding which image to use, so just like going out to dinner and sharing a taste of whatever my wife ordered, we used both.
The process of creating a Tamron Recipe always starts with me making a phone call to the selected guest. Then, based on that conversation, a few emails back and forth, and spending time on their website, I start to get a feel for who they are. I've had a lot of fun finding a quote that seems to fit each guest, and Derrick's was easy to spot.
Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress.
Working hard for something we love is called passion.
About "Chef" Derrick: One conversation with Derrick, and it's obvious how much he loves what he's doing. But he took it a step beyond food and portrait photography with something he wrote in his response when we were working on when to schedule recording his podcast:
I would've loved to speak this week but my wife works in an ICU at a Boston Hospital so it's been a bit chaotic as she's spending this whole week there with the COVID-19 demand and I'll be hanging with my little ones...which is a lot of fun as a dad, however, not very quiet for an interview:)
The pandemic has changed all of our lives, but so often we forget the people giving back aren't just on the front line, but behind the scenes. Derrick and his wife, Jessica, are giving back to the Boston community. His role as a Dad, for the moment, is probably upstaging his photography - but it's obvious that passion has so many different definitions.
When you wander through Derrick's portfolio on his commercial site, while the primary subjects we chose today were food, the stories he's sharing run much deeper and include stunning portraits of some of the very best chefs in Boston, along with other personalities around New England. His work has been featured in magazines and publications both locally and nationally.
About the Images: In the upcoming podcast, Chef Derrick shared a lot of great insight into both images, along with the relationships he's built over the years with executive chefs and the staff at both restaurants featured in today's post. The grilled octopus is from the Trident Galley and Raw Bar in Hingham, MA. The Executive Chef is Brian Houlihan. The A9 House Burger is at Alma Nove, also in Hingham, MA. And if you've followed reality food shows over the last few years, the Executive Chef is Paul Wahlberg.
Over the last few years, Tamron's reputation as a leading manufacture of great glass has become legendary. It's easy to understand if you keep up with their never-ending stream of new products. In fact, just last week they announced a new lens, the new 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens. It's the third model in Tamron's series of fast F/2.8 zoom lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.
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Travel for all of us is limited now, but you can count on the Tamron team being back on the road when the crisis is over. However, their website is loaded with outstanding content as well as their YouTube channel. Now's a great time to catch up on your reading and video content - all focused on helping you raise the bar on your skill set as an artist.
Derrick Zellmann is definitely an artist who should be on your radar. You'll find his work split between two different sites, targeting two very different clients. Wedding and portrait work is at DerrikZellmannPhoto.com, and you'll find his commercial food work at DZPfood.com.
Check out Tamron's current rebates on several outstanding lenses. This might be just the right time for you to expand your gear, and then take full advantage of the downtime getting to know a new lens, and boost your skill set.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.