Food is a popular subject for many photographers, though plated up cooked meals however artistic are not my personal favourite. I prefer the vibrant colours of fresh fruit, vegetables and other market produce. Trying to portray them in a slightly different of artistic manner can be great fun.
One of my favourite techniques is playing with the depth of field, a shallow DOP is especially attractive, the closest items being in sharp focus but those deeper into the image gradually lose clarity.
Market stalls are favourite places, there is usually so much variety, vibrance and colour, not merely the items on sale but the people that are shopping for something special for dinner.
Whilst photographs can portray colour and even the bustling activity of markets it is not possible to share the experience in full as our other senses are often overwhelmed. The sounds of stallholders attempting to attract buyers to there produce, the delicate scents of various spices mingling with the stronger smell of fresh fish. The textures of the produce can possibly be imagined from what can be seen visually but only from personal experience of markets.
Fresh bread stalls are popular with the French in particular, they love their baguettes but they can provide some of any markets most attractive aromas. Fresh crusty bread smells as good as it tastes.
Markets are also perfect places for budget travellers to purchase their goods for dinner. Meat, fish, bread, vegetables, fruit and of course wine. It often possible to find some bargains and maybe even haggle a little for an improved price.
Although I am not a keen shopper, markets and souks are an exception. Browsing the stalls can feel a little like exploring, looking for an unexpected and unusual souvenir.
Finding something really tasty to eat is an added bonus.