I can be a foodie


I’ve been bitten by the baking bug… it was bound to happen given my close approximation to our very own cupcake princess.   Over breakfast and surfing through FB, I came across a yummy photo of what looked like a blueberry crisp. Just so happens I have some blueberries, other berries too, but honestly, they were not purchased for eating – their sole purpose for being in this house was to use in an upcoming photo club Photo Quest assignment, and then only eating if they didn’t go bad first.

Foodie-3Foodie-4Now, not only do I have another photo-op but a yummy and nutritious desert. I love double-duty ops. This is actually a gluten-free recipe, but since me and gluten have never had an issue , I improvised just a bit… a lot like I do with my photography… So, here’s the link to the original recipe http://www.eastewart.com/recipes-and-nutrition/oatmeal-chia-berry-crisp/ and my finished yummy desert.

An Observation

Fact:  If I look to hard, I won’t see it.   Has this ever happen to you?  For example, I really want a pair of cool leather boots.  I know exactly what I want, heel height, color, . . . stylish but comfortable, and a price that won’t put me in the poor house.   Seriously, somebody out there must make a pair that meets all my criteria.  Two years of searching and I still haven’t found that perfect pair.   Am I trying too hard?

This is even truer for me when it comes to my photography.    I noticed this with last month’s photo club’s scavenger hunt.  When I went out to find the items (look up, fresh, and metal), I just couldn’t see them or, if I did, honestly, they just didn’t meet my criteria for being interesting enough.  But when I reversed it and matched random photos I had taken to the items … Wa-la! There they were.  This month’s challenge is not much different.  It’s a letter search (you know where you take a photo of something that looks like a letter and then spell a word).  Once again, as soon as I stopped looking for the perfect letter, i.e. the perfect shot, they started appearing like magic.   I promise, I’ll share my letters in a couple of weeks.  But for now, here are last month’s finds: look up, fresh, and metal.

Took this with my iPhone on my walk home from work

 The last days of summer {sigh}

These fish were just hanging around (literally).

And who knows, maybe this will be the year I find that perfect pair of boots too!


Thought I would share . . .

. . . since I really haven’t had a whole lot of time to shoot lately.

I’ve been in one of those periods where everyday life has taken a lot of time and energy and my creative endeavors have had to wait.  Even this post has been sitting in draft mode for a few days.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking up new ideas or projects.  Quite the contrary, my idea notebook (yes, I have started to keep one and it comes in very handy), is filling up.

So I thought I would share a link or two today that inspired a couple of ideas for my idea notebook.

I tend to gravitate toward anything with the word creative in it or a derivative there of so of course this title, on may Facebook, got my attention Creative Portrait Photography Tips.  This title actually got my attention because portrait photography has not really been one of my strong suits.  I think mostly because I find it . . . intimidating.   I go through all the tips and tricks I’ve been told such as striking up a conversation, making them forget you have a camera, etc.  But seriously the hardest part for me is to get the words “can I take your picture” to leave my lips.  Oh, so many missed opportunities due to that little bit of hesitation {sigh}.  So I usually take the sneaky  route and shoot from the hip, but of course that is so hit or miss.  Studio photography has not really been an option . . . I don’t have one, no high-end lights & equipment, not even a spare room in the house (need one of the kids to move out for that).  And even for an impromptu, outdoor, natural light shoot, well, having a model would help.   . . . Ok, I won’t keep you waiting any longer.


What intrigued me the most was the photographer’s creative process; the artist coming up with the concept, sketching it out, the artistic makeup, and choosing the settings to complete the concept long before the photos ever went into Photoshop.  Oh, and the lack of equipment.

And speaking of portrait/people photographers, I have a few favorites.  There’s a couple of the “Master’s” of course, but there’s a couple others that almost always come to mind first.   First  is my brother; I guess he’s the one that got the people-person gene http://www.spiritdogphotography.com/ .  Then when my daughter went off to college last year, I came across a young photographer by the name of Kevin Wong.  He’s fresh & edgy, but not too in your face or dark . . . for me anyway; he’s creative, young, and I think even a little . . . vintage (which I love).  What a great mix.  I often think if I did portraits, I would like to take something from his style.  You can check him out here http://www.wix.com/kwong07734/kwport.

So hopefully as things calm down in the days to come I will be able to implement some of those ideas in my notebook . . . I can’t wait!

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! (a few hours early :-))

July – Photo a Day

My brother came up with the idea of a July photo-a-day.  There are three of us posting our daily photo on Facebook and I must say the photos keep getting more interesting. Except for my day 8, it looks too posed for my taste, but then again I was losing my light and short on time and when all else fails bring out the dog 😉  I can also see this becoming  more of a challenge Mondays-Fridays as the month goes on.  Unfortunately, I do have a “day job” that limits my time behind the camera; and making photos of my work area appear interesting and fresh seems virtually impossible, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.

You can check out mine at http://creativelens.smugmug.com/Photo-of-the-Day/July-Photo-of-the-Day/12835943_ccmF8#925939129_xncDB