This weeks challenge urged my artistic side and called for a bit of creativity. I decided to portray the last piece of cereal in a bowl as something that could be interpreted as loneliness. I shot this with Nikon 105mm Macro lens. In order to have the fruit loop not sink to the bottom of the bowl I used buttermilk which is a little thicker than regular milk. It was shot in studio with flash.
October 1st was the commencement of the 52 Week Photography Challenge. I decided to get “begins with the letter Q” under my belt early on. This is a delicious and healthy Quinoa salad that I made for dinner tonight. Here is the recipe – altered slightly to my tastes.
Salad: 2 medium sweet potatoes, 1 1.2 Tablespoons olive oil, coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 cup quinoa (I used tricolor and red quinoa) 2 cups water, 1.2 lbs brussel sprouts, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup chick peas, whole pecans.
Lemon Vinaigrette: 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1.5 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, juice of 1 large lemon.
Peel, slice and cut the sweet potatoes in small pieces. Toss with olive oil and S & P and roast in oven for 35 minutes. Rinse the quinoa and add to water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes until water has completely absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Toss the quinoa and the sweet potato in a large bowl. Slice the brussel sprouts into strips and steam until just limp. If desired, add grilled chicken for additional protein and sliced green apples for garnish. Toss all ingredients but do not dress until ready to serve.
It was a very quiet day for wildlife at Myakka State Park today. There were few birds and they were fairly inactive. Even though it is mating season for the alligators, they too were just soaking up the beautiful weather and enjoying the day. On the drive out of the park, we spotted a mother dear and her doe. We quickly jumped out of the car and managed to get a shot before it went scurrying after the mom. I was fortunate to find this and be able to take a photo.
An abundance of inclement weather is hard to come by when living in Florida so one has to improvise. I learned a very cool method of recreating a rainy window at a workshop. I know this isn’t truly seasonal showers but it’s so authentic looking I was compelled to use it. The method is to take a piece of clear plexiglass and spray water drops on it and then photograph your subject through the glass. I put my subject behind a window to further enhance the look. I know I will be trying this again with other objects.
This past weekend I attended the Florida Council Camera Club conference. One of the Lectures I attended was by Lisa Langdell, best known as a nature photographer. Her workshop was on photographing abstracts in nature. She demonstrated how one can “extract” a portion of a nature photograph you have captured and turn in into a beautiful abstract piece of art. While visiting the Naples Botanical Garden, I captured this water reflection in the lily pond. Although the entire photo was rather boring I extracted several portions of the reflections and turned them into abstract pieces of art. To further demonstrate the beauty I placed them in a living room scene that I designed. This has certainly opened my eyes to not deleting those photos that don’t have immediate appeal.
This weekend was the FC3 conference in Ft Myers FL. I took a macro workshop with Roman Kurywczak which was extremely educational. The focus of the class was teaching a method of taking sharp macro shots without using a tripod. I was skeptical at first but after practicing with the proper settings and lighting, I was able to capture this pile of broken watch pieces by hand holding my 60mm macro lens. It also gave me the opportunity to fulfill this weeks 52 week photo challenge.
Several weeks ago, the LWRDPC Landscape Focus Group took a trip to the Venice Pier, Venice FL for a sunset opportunity. In spite of the cold and windy weather, we were able to enjoy a magnificent sunset. I spotted this alone and isolated bird that cooperated long enough for me to get a photo. When I viewed this image in my computer I was taken by the serenity of the scene and pleased that I had a photo for this weeks challenge.