I have been reading Tasty Food Photography from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum, and had to smile at the sections on ‘light scraping’ (i.e. side lighting). I was pleased that low angle lighting was a technique that she recommended practicing and cultivating since Alaska summers are all about low angle natural light. Look at the shadow from the table on the lawn, or even funnier, the tines of the fork on the table! This photo was taken at 7:30 pm in late July, so it’s not a midnight sun light angle, or even an almost-winter sun angle. This is the high summer, dinner time, long shadow light of latitude 61.
This recipe was inspired from an offering at a potluck – Deanna’s Mexican Soup. Her version was light and brothy, but since we’re back to cold temps and liquid sunshine here in Anchorage, I wanted a version that was more hearty. For those of you living in states where August is still summer, feel free to thin it out with more stock for a lighter version!