Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

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One of the wonderfully generous wedding gifts we received is a pressure cooker. I was a little skeptical about how much we really needed another large appliance when The Boy put it on the registry, but I think the pulled pork burgers he made over the weekend have me convinced.

The days are getting longer (and hotter!) here, so I tried taking a few pictures outside in our courtyard and a few inside on our dining table, which is my standard setup.

Outside: ISO 1250, 1/30s, f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, with speedlight pointed directly up at a white ceiling (the bottom of the balconey of the apartment above us) at 1/64
Inside: ISO 1600, 1/50s, f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, no flash, lit by our dining room lamp
Inside: ISO 1600, 1/50s, f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, no flash, lit by our dining room lamp

 

I’ve been playing around a little more with using my speedlight with food photography (only at home of course), with mixed results. Obviously firing straight at the subject produces some horrid shadows, but indoors I find pointing it at the ceiling or (white) walls doesn’t produce the best results so far either. When I try taking photos both with flash and some with just our lamp light, I always end up choosing the lamp ones. I think I need to do a lot more experimentation to get the hang of it, or bite the bullet and accept that I actually have to fork out some more money to get some decent lighting equipment.

On the other hand, using the flash outside seems to produce some fairly nice results that mimicks daylight quite nicely (possibly because it was outside where there was still quite a lot of daylight).

Both of these photos were edited in Photoshop so I suppose they don’t tell the full story (the indoors one had to be lightened quite a lot and I don’t think I handled the white balance very well, for example). I also barely thought about styling at all, which shows. I have a lot more learning to go!

You can see the recipe and other details over on The Boy’s blog.

P.S. Happy Year of the Dragon! I hope you all get lots of red packets. We have to give them this year now that we’re married!

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