Mama Torres Salsa Photo

A bowl of Mama Torres Salsa's original salsa, flour tortilla chips, top, and spicy salsa, bottom, are photographed at the Thursday Market in the Perry District, in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

A bowl of Mama Torres Salsa’s original salsa, flour tortilla chips, top, and spicy salsa, bottom, are photographed at the Thursday Market in the Perry District, in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Earlier this month, I photographed Mama Torres Salsa, at the Thursday Market in the South Perry District, for The Inlander. They had a booth set up selling a variety of their homemade salsas and tortilla chips. Here is a link to the story that appeared last week: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/family-spice/Content?oid=2369909.

Reforest Spokane Day Photo

Ken Delanoy places a sitka alder into a hole during Reforest Spokane Day near S. Valley Chapel Rd. and Hangman Creek in Spokane County, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Ken Delanoy places a sitka alder into a hole during Reforest Spokane Day near S. Valley Chapel Rd. and Hangman Creek in Spokane County, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I covered one of the Lands Council’s Reforest Spokane Day sites for The Inlander today. Over 60 volunteers planted about 200 hundred trees at the site I photographed. To see more photos, go to http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/10/25/photos-from-reforest-spokane-day

Fall Weather Photo

10 year old Quinn Rodvold, center, throws leaves as she plays with her 6 year old brother Ruggy, left, and 4 year old sister Pippin at John A. Finch Arboretum in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

10 year old Quinn Rodvold, center, throws leaves at John A. Finch Arboretum in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I went out last Sunday to cover people playing and working in the fall weather for The Inlander. To see more photos, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/embrace-change/Content?oid=2370737

Das Stein Haus Oktoberfest Food Photo

(Clockwise from front) A Bratwurst Combo, a glass of Paulaner Oktoberfest, a glass of Weihenstephaner Hefe and Petit Schnitzel, Tomato Feta Schnitzel,  with Spätzle are photographed at Das Stein Haus in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

(Clockwise from front) A Bratwurst Combo, a glass of Paulaner Oktoberfest, a glass of Weihenstephaner Hefe and Petit Schnitzel, Tomato Feta Schnitzel, with Spätzle are photographed at Das Stein Haus in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

For last week’s issue of the Inlander, I photographed brats, beers and schnitzels at Das Stein House for a Oktoberfest story. To read more about Oktoberfest offerings in the inland northwest, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/not-the-wurst-off/Content?oid=2367821.

BATCH Bakeshop Photo

Baker/Owner Mika Maloney poses for a photograph with Oregonberry Almond Oat Bars with Cranberries, Golden Raspberries and Strawberries, a Plum Muffin, a Dairy-Free Coconut Pear Muffin, a Honey Bran Molasses, a Pear Muffin, Vanilla Bean Scones, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies at BATCH Bakeshop in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Baker/Owner Mika Maloney poses for a photograph with Oregonberry Almond Oat Bars with Cranberries, Golden Raspberries and Strawberries, a Plum Muffin, a Dairy-Free Coconut Pear Muffin, a Honey Bran Molasses, a Pear Muffin, Vanilla Bean Scones, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies at BATCH Bakeshop in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I photographed BATCH Bakeshop, who recently opened a storefront, in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, for the Inlander. To read more of the story and see a couple more photos, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/home-sweet-home/Content?oid=2367824.

Inlander Dining Out Photos

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This past week, I had the opportunity to photograph the cover and story leads for the Inlander’s dining out issue, annual guide to eating in the inland northwest. With art direction by Chris Bovey, we went with a consistent look that provided an opportunity for me to photograph really clean dishes in a minimal environment.

I used two lights, horizontally facing perpendicular to the camera and slightly at a vertical angle to illuminate the food. Both lights used the same power. I also photographed with my 50mm lens at f/2, in order to get as much blur as possible to create a pleasant look and make certain parts of each dish the focal point. Color backgrounds were picked based on colors that either complemented or contrasted the food being photographed.

Two of the items, the pasta and sushi, were brought to the Inlander’s studio to be photographed. The other two items had to be photographed on location. This meant that I had to control the lighting for the camera out on location to replicate conditions at the studio. I shot with plenty of power at the office. So, I really didn’t have to make too many adjustments on location. It was mostly moving the lights closer to the food to eliminate as much light leak from the environment.

To read the stories for which the food was photographed, go to: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/dining-out-guide/Category?oid=2124754

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