Sunday Night Snack Shots Week 4: Jeon

Sunday Night Snack Shots
Week 4: Jeon

Last week we got down and dirty with Japchae . This week, it’s a time for the fry up.

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Potato, Zucchini and Sesame Leaf Jeon. 감자 호박과 깻잎 전


3 small potatoes

1 zucchini, cut into ½ in. think diagonal slices

1 package sesame (perilla) leaves

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs, beaten

Vegetable oil

1. Boil potatoes until cooked through. Slice into wedges.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat

3. Coat each vegetable slice with flour and dip into the beaten eggs.

4. Cook vegetables until brown on both sides. Add more vegetable oil as needed.

Serve warm with soy sauce.

Shooting Jeon

Tools: SB-80DX (x2), air impact light stands (x2), Flashwaves Triggers, small softbox, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, silver reflector

I’ll tell you a secret; we kind of/sorta/maybe stole the lighting plan for this one from Japchae. I can’t help it. I had been shooting at a wine bar all day and I was full of wine and tapas; how inspired would you be to come up with a brand new way to shoot fried leaves when you’re stuff to the gills?


That being said, this was an easy one to put together; we knew we wanted to lay the food down with bright colours to contrast the otherwise muddy qualities of the jeon, so we set them out on the big yellow glass plate and red paper. I used a little more depth of field than I normally would for a shot like this – just a touch to bring more of the food into focus from so close (I wasn’t using a macro lens so I didn’t need to close down my aperture too much).

We brought light into the scene from behind and to the right (I had to move around a lot because the glass plate is so reflective) and used a silver reflector to the left to add a touch of fill and some foam core above to do the same.


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