If you're willing to throw pizza dough in the air, I'll be there.
Last week, I had a little fun at StoneFire Pizza in New Berlin. Mike Tostado, a professional pizza chef, was teaching anyone who would listen how to throw pizza dough. Although Mike was using a fake pizza dough called Throw Dough (a rubber substance that is the official practice dough for the U.S. Pizza Team), nonetheless, it was still cool to watch.
As a photographer, something I'll always be addicted to is patches of light. Although the room was rather dark and I would have used a flash to take a normal photo, there was a recessed light shining down on Mike's face as he tossed the dough in the air. I set my camera's exposure to the patch of light and made a photo I was happy to walk away with.
However, working for a newspaper, you can't always shoot for yourself. The first photo is the one that made me smile, but I also turned in the second photo below, in case my editors decided the first one wouldn't reproduce well on newsprint. The second photo was taken with flash while the first photo wasn't.
Nikon D2H, 17 mm, 320 ISO, f2.8, 1/200, Manual
Nikon D2H, 17 mm, 320 ISO, f2.8, 1/200, Manual, WITH FLASH
Mike Tostado, a pizza chef, teaches kids how to throw pizza dough Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at StoneFire Pizza, New Berlin. Ready-Set-DOUGH!, an interactive pizza-tossing demonstration, was held right around dinner time three nights in a row. The kids took a turn at throwing using Throw Dough, a rubber substance that is the official practice dough for the U.S. Pizza Team.