The Assistant

…or in the cook’s kitchen, the Sous-chef.  And in my kitchen… mostly the dishwasher, with the added perk of getting to lick the beaters 😉

After the shopping, after the decorations, after the Christmas Day festivities . . . I spent a day “assisting” my daughter in creating some of her Christmas edition Cupcakes.

Of course, before being dessert for family and friends, these culinary creations get to be my subjects…cupcake-collage

Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays and Cheers to a New Year.

Til next time,
Maria

Fantastic Finds

 

HAPPY FALL!smiling-faces

Fall is full of them … fantastic finds. W-Va-Crackle

On one of the first days of fall, I set out on a “Back to Basics” outing at a nearby farmer’s market. Right away, I was greeted with a handful of challenges, such as really bright sunlight, people milling about everywhere, and a bit of my own hesitation. The hesitation…knowing vendors are there to try to sell you something and thinking they don’t want you blocking their stall trying to get “the shot.” Campbells-kids

One way I probably could have avoided feeling like I was getting in the way, shoot with a zoom lens.  But, it was just me and the 50 mm, and so I made a photo exercise out of it. Turns out, vendors (at least the ones I came across) were happy to have me mill about with my camera and strike up a conversation. . . whether it be about W. Va crackle glass or an old typewriter from the 1920’s (I sure hope it is still there the next time I go back).

And of course, it was not very hard to find all the colors of fall . . .
happy-fall-pumpkins . . . scattered here and there throughout the market.

white-impressions Oh, remember that W. Va crackle glass I mentioned… sunflower-studywell, this crackled little yellow treasure was my one and only fantastic find of the day that actually came home with me 🙂

Til next time,
Maria

 

Roll #3

Motion. 

This has proven to be quite a challenge using film. First, the weather has not been very cooperative this week.  Today, the sun came out and  I went to a local park to get some photos of kids sledding (today’s another snow day), but I felt incredibly limited using the 50 mm lens as required, the snow must have been wet because everyone seemed to be going in slow-motion anyway, and I seem to be running into some technical difficulty trying to blur the motion.  Like I said this roll has been quite a challenge, and I have five more shots left. 

On a brighter note, it looks like class will go on as scheduled tomorrow and I will get to develop some of the negatives I did last week.  I bet you’re as excited as I am to see them 😉