Lens: Voigtlander nokton 50mm f1.1
Camera: NEX-7, ISO200, f1.4, 1/80, raw
Tipsy and hungry, cooking and waiting, the daily shot still to take. Claudia is downstairs, putting Agata to sleep. I’m sipping my glass of Morellino di Scansano, stir frying the mushrooms, boiling the pasta. Black truffle sauce ready and waiting. I’m completely overwhelmed by the odors, mushrooms, truffle, red wine. In my kitchen. An excellent way to put my mind off the (shitty) office business. Today I got a huge cetriolo (the Italian word for cucumber, here used to picture something penis-shaped and very uncomfortable to sit on), I can’t even think about the horrible day that is waiting for me, so I won’t, it will happen anyway but won’t happen before tomorrow, so what’s the point?
Better to keep sipping my wine and sniff the smell of the almost ready food. In a few minutes I’ll drain the pasta and I’ll stir fry it together with the mushrooms. I’ll keep the water, though, since I’ll pour some of it on the pan so that the sauce and the pasta will perfectly bound. When everything will get the right consistency, I’ll turn off the fire and I’ll add the black truffle. A bit of fresh and good olive oil and the meal will be ready.
So I have a few more minutes to spend, and tipsy and overpowered by the wine and the smells, I suddenly realize how gently the cooking lights lit the red cupboard. The steam makes it shiny and blurs the background. I grab the camera, put the nokton on it so to open as wide as f.14 without loosing sharpness, and I go for a hand-hold-lens macro shot.
Maybe it’s because I’m tipsy, but I really like the soft, shiny and low-key result. I put the camera down and arm myself with a pair of pot holders. It’s time to prepare the perfect truffle and mushrooms pasta and enjoy the rest of the evening.