Rejected! Part One
May 25, 2009
I am one for four in submissions to TasteSpotting. Either they have it out for me, or they hate my camera. Actually, the more I take pictures with it, the more I hate my camera.
My first attempt was this beauty:
The rejection remarks referred to the fact that my caption (for TasteSpotting) mentioned the word “make”, but the link led to a product page, and not a recipe. HOWEVER! The photo linked to my kitchen witch website, which as you may or may not know, offers only frozen, ready-to-bake treats. So, recipe? No. Make yourself? Yes!
Next I tried to contribute a photo from my lemon meringue pie trial run:
I will admit, I had trouble submitting this one, as I’m not familiar with their cropping tool. So the bottom edge was cut off, leaving black space where picture ought to be. (Don’t worry, the pie didn’t get edited out.) The rejection remarks included words like: dark, not sharp, no contrast, image too small. Personally, I am mesmerized by the swirls of meringue on top of this bad boy.
And most recently, I threw this at them:
The rejection remarks were somewhat familiar to me: unflattering composition. dark. low contrast. not sharp.
So, while I am not a food stylist, I feel that perhaps I am on my way (albeit painfully slowly). One of these days I’ll get something else up there. As for my “one” (as in “one in four”), I’ll leave that for you to discover. Because this post is really about the dark cloud around my photographic silver lining.
(Edited to add: For the sake of clarity, I just want to note that the top photograph of scones was professionally taken, in my home kitchen, by someone other than me. While I agree that it is an amazing photograph, my concern is that I have quite a few (professional photos) from my kitchen witch website that I’d like to submit to TS, but even the professionally executed submissions are declined for unclear reasons. I’m hesitant to try another photo from my site, only to have it rejected, ultimately limiting my ability to drive traffic to my business. My only accepted submission was taken by me. That is all.)