Friday, July 15, 2011

Thirty Days of Photographs: Evil

It's a miracle I have a photo for you today since the subject of this photo also happened to be M's dinner last night. I had roughly 6.9 seconds to shoot this, and as it turns out, 6.9 seconds is just about the time it takes to take one picture. Which I did. I then stepped back to look at the picture and realized that I wanted the entire burger to be sharp, not all blurred at the edges. So I adjusted my f-stop for increased depth of field, adjusted my shutter speed to compensate for the smaller aperture, and tried to take a new picture. But during the few seconds I'd been fiddling with the settings, M had inhaled the food. Annihilated it. It was no more. You're just going to have to make do with this photo today, I'm afraid. That said, McDonalds is evil. And I will prove it to you by backing up my statement with hard facts.

Fact #1: Junk food is almost as bad for you as Pepsi Max is.

Fact #2: Low wages make workers spit in your food.

Fact #3: Before the meat ends up as your hamburger, it spends all day eating grass and farting, producing staggering amounts of methane gas, and thus being the main cause of global warming.

Fact #4: Several gallons of rainforest is cut down every day to make the packaging for their products.

Fact #5: And with all that packaging, McDonalds is single-handedly responsible for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, (awesome movie, by the way.)

Fact #6: Their representative is a clown.

Today marks the 5th day of this photography project. Thirty photographs in thirty days is proving to be a bit of a challenge, but luckily for you, my dear readers, whenever I serve you up with a picture of a hamburger, you can hop on over to MikeWJ and see if he'll have the fries to go with the evil. Click here to read the introduction to this project and for the list of themes.


  1. I'm utterly awed by this photo, Ziva. It's perfectly exposed and brilliantly composed, it makes the food look incredibly appetizing -- McDonald's should hire you -- and you did it without the extensive studio lighting and costly equipment that most food photographers rely on.

    I hate you.

    Feelings aside, though, the fact that this is such a brilliantly composed and pretty picture -- all that yellow and red exciting the senses -- only underscores the evil nature of junk food. It doesn’t look bad, it doesn’t taste bad. It’s like the Devil just showed up on your doorstep, but instead of looking scary, he looks like Brad Pitt. The world would be better off without junk food, from our waists to the health of the oceans.

  2. Wow, this project is going really well, if all these completely illegitimate job offers work out I'll soon be working for both Pepsi and McDonalds. I'm so taking a picture of the UN tomorrow.

    I love it that you hate me. Hate is the sincerest form of flattery, I've always said.

    I didn't have any of the fancy studio equipment, true, but I do have a pretty fantastic macro lens that does all the work for me. I'd let you borrow it but you chose Nikon.

    Junk food is evil, but oh so good. Well not really that good. I don't particularly like burgers. It's the cheese. And the onion. Yuck. But I do love fries. And I do love Brad Pitt. I wouldn't mind if the Devil showed up looking like Brad Pitt. I'd give him my soul and ask if he wanted to stay for coffee.

  3. We don't eat junk food.  It does have appeal though.  It's drive through, fast, cheap, and actually smells kind of good.  But I'm more inclined to get my eyebrow pierced than to eat it.  I love photo.  It actually makes me want some. But it's not going to happen.

  4. Why does this stuff taste so good going down and then once you've finished you ask yourself "Why did I just eat a quarter pound of cardboard?"

    Love the pic. Hate the food. Although I have been known to eat a couple of sausage egg mcmuffin's for breakfast from time to time. (Damn, I wasn't going to tell anyone.)

  5. I would love to see you with a pierced eyebrow.

  6. I hate when people say McDonald's is junk food. It is not junk food!!! It would have to be food in order to be junk food.

    I love your picture though. I don't know why you wanted to retake it. I think it's fab as is!

  7. My black cat Smokey had a pierced ear with a diamond in it.  My cousin from Oklahoma asked me if this was a common practice in California.  I told her "oh yes".  Actually, Alex had a magnet earring and put in on the cat just to befuddle my cousin.

  8. "Evil"   I was half expecting to see a penguin.

    Heh, heh.

    When "Rotten Ronnie's" first arrived in our neighbourhood in the late 60's, I lived for Big Macs; of course it was rare that we were able to eat take-out but it was oh, so good!.  Sadly, I think that the quality of the food was much superior back then than what they serve today (at least in North America - I cannot speak to Finland's franchises).

    I love the photo, though!  I think some of the best photographs that have been taken aren't 'staged' (as BonyMike pointed out, and with which I totally agree).  

    And, yes, clowns are evil.


  9. Gee, that burger could win a burger contest.  It's amazing it's from Mickey-Dick's.  None of the burgers we get from that place look anywhere near that good.

    You're right.  Pure evil.

  10. I've never ever gotten a burger that looks like that here you are so right Reffie. That looks like one from the commercial, but not one they would ever put in your sack.

  11. Me too Nicky, but we both know how she feels about needles and pain.

  12. Oh Linda, I could never imagine you eating junk food like us mere mortals do. 

  13. I've never had an Egg McMuffin in my life, and now I'm dying to know what junk food breakfast tastes like.

  14. Thanks Nicky, I promise I will not make you eat junk (non)food if you ever come visit me!

  15. I don't know about the quality of McDonald's food in Finland, I don't really eat there a lot. Or at all. But isn't it always the case that things were better back then? ;)

    Clowns are beyond evil.

  16. Seriously? When M took that burger out of the package, I thought it looked horrible. I don't want to know what kind of burgers you eat over there.

  17. I'm sorry, Madge, do you want me to send you one of our superior Finnish burgers? I'm sure there are enough chemicals in it to surive the trip. ;)

  18. Only if the bun is bark bread :)

  19. I like this picture just as it is. I would've liked it more if I could have tasted the junk food. For research purposes only, of course.

  20. Oh yes, for research purposes, of course. And I only bought the junk food for the photograph, of course.

  21. I'm going to have to agree with you. McDonalds IS evil.

    "Fact #6: Their representative is a clown."

    That cracked me up. If that doesn't say evil, I don't know what else does!

  22. I know, the clown thing is totally on the top of my evil checklist!



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