The difference between garnish and no garnish. The picture with no garnish was amongst the first couple that I shot where I tried to style the shot with some sort of cutlery, but being a soup (although containing rice) a spoon is basically the only utensil that would make sense sticking into the shot. The tablecloth also changed as I opted for a more simple and clean shot.
More importantly though I realised very quickly that this soup was sort of a yellowy blob, with a bit of orange and white which did not provide enough contrast. Luckily I had chopped spring onions in my fridge which more or less saved the shot because it provided me with contrast and a focus point. So thank you garnish!
The recipe I sort of followed can be found here.