A bowl of tiny pears. So peaceful, so enticing, so. . . zen.

But a lot of stress goes into such an effortless spread. Take the above photo, for example -- pears with the most picturesque flaws were carefully selected and arranged in a dish with a complimentary, but not too matchy-matchy, color-scheme; a set with excellent lighting and an interestingly vague, preferably infinite background was located; Then, and only then, was the camera introduced. Orientations, angles, and zooms were ruthlessly milled through, until 250 pictures of a tiny pear-filled bowl clogged the photog's SD card and eyes. The most pristine of seven practically identical pictures was selected, and then mangled in order to situate it in the square orientation required by sites like Tastespotting and FoodGawker -- who then declined to post it because tiny pears in a bowl are "not a compelling img subject". 

What I'm trying to say is that food photographers go through a lot for their art. So today I dedicate this post to all of those diet documentarians who labor to bring us scrumptious beauty. Those adorers of aliment who vicariously feed our stomachs as well as our souls.

I salute you.

If you have a food photographer who has fed you sans calories, please share their info. Heaven knows we want to admire their work, too.