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February 08, 2013

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I don't see why it would be a problem if it is done inconspicuously. As usual, a few people going too far are ruining it for the rest of us...

There's many a time I'd like to make a picture, the food might be attractively served, but I don't. I don't have a cell phone, (can you believe?) and having a camera at a small table is awkward and a discourtesy to other diners.
And too, there seems to be a great deal of suspicion and concern about photography in any business establishment, and I can certainly see why. It would be too easy to put a doctored picture on the web.
It's a shame, because there is beauty and visual interest in many places that are now off limits.

Guilty as charged! I visited as part of my brothers 40th birthday celebration the Fat Duck - Heston Blumenthals innovative restaurant outside London. I took my Nikon D40 and a manual focus 24mm lens. When I realised that the other tables were using cameras I started to take shots of the amazing food and I ended up preparing a photo book as a gift for my brother. I didn't use a flash, I took a minimal no of shots and put the camera away between courses. The staff were helpful didn't raise any objections. The other tables all took various type of shots of themselves and of the food. It takes a lot of effort to get a table at the Fat Duck and its not cheap, for us and the other diners it felt like a celebration - not taking photos would have seemed unusual. We were at a lunch sitting which may have changed things a bit. Gavin

Gavin,

Just to be clear, I have nothing against diners taking photos of their meals as long as they aren't making a nuisance of themselves. I'm sure there are many restaurants that would be flattered by such positive attention--again, as long as it doesn't become a distraction. What I meant by the title of my post was "It has come to the point where people actually need to be told not to indulge in boorish behavio?"

Speaking of which: http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/02/hipster-food/

I don't have a rule. Sometimes I take a picture and sometimes I don't. Just depends on how the dish looks. I'm making it a point to only use my phone (sometimes it's all I have) because it's more discreet than hauling out my DSLR.

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