Food photography from the past

February 27, 2010 § 3 Comments

A little delicious blast from the past for you

Gourmet 5 year old-2

PB & J – Vanilla Infused Torchon of Duck Foie Gras topped with Grand Marnier Marmalade on Butter Toasted Sourdough in May of 2009.

Taken with Canon Rebel XTi, and 90mm. Lighting from window (on the left, you can see the cool coloring) and overhead tungsten lights.

This is beloved’s take on a gourmet PB&J for an event, and it tastes even better than it looks (if you like foie gras that is, if you don’t like it, you will hate it no matter what).

Just thought I’d share.

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Weekend photo Project 365 #52

February 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

The weekend was just gorgeous in Southern California, and I got a chance to get out and do some landscape photography


Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 73 mm
ISO Speed: 400

Taken with Canon 24-105mm EF-L lens.

I tried a few different landscape shots, and loved this one the most because of its multiple layers. I chose to shoot this at f/ 7.1 because I wanted the flowers to be the main focus of the photo since they add a nice pop of color, and liked the idea of the mountains blurred in the background.

I ordered puffy white clouds in the background, but they didn’t come in.

Next time.

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Adding stuff…

February 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am experimenting with my blog. One of the things you may have noticed is a newer page called “Resources”. This particular page will constantly be added to, as I am always finding information about photography that I would love to share with you, my wonderful readers.

I am also working on some things to change up the blog a little bit. I’ll be putting up polls on occasion for some reader reactions and opinions.

Of course you can always leave comments for me, or contact me directly.

Oh, and here is today’s project365 photo #50, which just happens to be more flowers:


Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

These little flowers were picked by my co-worker, and they made her happy (It was sort of a glum day in SoCal, and these little flowers perked everyone up–actually, taking photos of them perked me right up).

Taken at my desk. The back lighting from the window wasn’t helping my little point and shoot do its macro thing, so I borrowed a lamp from another desk to throw in some more light on the cute little flowers.

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Project 365 Day 47

February 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m experimenting a bit more with the look and feel of the blog, what do you think?

I had this flower as my photo for the other day, but decided to take a shot from this angle:


Again, only had my point and shoot.

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 160

I love the texture of the petals from this angle, as well as the contrast of the pink against the green. I have been seeing this side of the flower from my desk since Day 41, and like the alternate view.

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Inspiration strikes…

February 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

OK, this is something I just have to share.

Sometimes when something catches my eye, it just catches my eye, no matter where I am.

It was going to be Saturday’s photo of the day (Instead this was), but I love the story behind this photo, because it demonstrates Joe McNally’s most recent blog post about how photographers are always seeing photos, “We Just Can’t Help It…” .

So, I took this photo in the produce section of the grocery store (yup you read that right):

And then I hear, “Excuse me! Is there a problem?”. I turned around, and at the other end of the produce section is a store employee, giving me a weird look.

Apparently, photographing the produce in a grocery store isn’t allowed, and would only happen if there was some sort of issue with the veggies.

I didn’t know this. The employee wanted to know why I was taking photos of brussel sprouts.

I showed her the image in the LCD, and proceeded to show the employee how beautiful the brussel sprouts looked with the water on them.

I don’t think she saw the beauty quite the way I did. I don’t think she believed me either. But I do think that she told the other employees about our encounter. And to keep an eye on me.

And yes, I know I’m a little nuts. I call it part of my charm.

Thank you Joe McNally for making me feel comfortable enough to share my story, and to know that it’s OK, I’m not alone in the world.

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Project 365 Day 46

February 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Another absolutely gorgeous day in Southern California… Actually, it was a bit warm. As a Valentine’s Day treat my beloved and I went to our local botanical gardens, Descanso Gardens. Since it’s not quite spring yet, it was slim pickins’ in the flower department, but I did find a few beauties.

I could not decide, so I am posting 3 of my favorite photos. But here is the photo that I chose as my photo of the day for my Project 365, in honor of Mardi Gras in New Orleans tomorrow:

Project 365 #46: Mardi Gras flower

Here are 2 more photos that I loved:



And all 3 of my photos were taken with my Canon SD780. I brought Mark with me, but the 90mm macro was on vacation in Maui (it just returned today, yay!), and the macro mode on my point and shoot rocks. So that’s what I used today. It had to strike by passers as odd that I had a huge camera on my shoulder but was using a little point and shoot.

Spring is just around the corner, and it will be macro flowers galore. I can’t wait!

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Project 365 Day 45: Lock and key

February 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was about to head out the front door to cruise around the neighborhood this afternoon, and noticed this:

Project 365 #45: Lock and key

I loved the way the light was falling and reflecting on the metal. I like this photo in color, but it love it in black and white. Something about the metal, especially the little orbs of the key chain, just look beautiful.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO Speed: 400

Taken with Canon EF 24-105 mm L f4 lens.

Converted to B & W using Lightroom 2.

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