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Pink Rununculus Macro

Hello on this unexpectedly sunny and beautiful day! The weather forecast for the last few days was wrong – luckily – and I’m hoping it’ll prove to be wrong for this weekend as well, as it says it’ll be a cold and rainy one. Just in case it proves to be correct, though, I’ll be enjoying the sunshine while it lasts.

The above picture is another variation of the pink rununculus I posted earlier this month. For some reason I’m currently excited about my macro lenses again. Could be because I’ve been seeing so much great macro photography on photoblogs lately. I was asking myself what had kept me from using mine for so long, and it might be two reasons: one being that I’m still quite enamoured with my 50mm lens, and the other that the 50 is constantly on my camera so I’m probably too lazy to put on another lens… Nevertheless, I’m planning on doing more macro photography in the coming weeks.

I’ll be meeting one of my photography friends tomorrow, and I’ll be taking the camera. Being sick for almost two weeks kept me from taking pictures this month, and I’m kind of dreading putting together “the month in pictures” for March, because so far I have about 4 pics! Time to play catch-up this weekend.

Question for you: since I started using my tripod around the house, e.g. for above picture, I noticed that when I don’t use it – even with low f/stops – my pictures are often blurry. And so I’m wondering how I ever managed to take sharp, in-focus pictures without my tripod. Is it just a matter of habit to get used to not using the tripod again? Did anyone make the same experience?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Friday Flowers

Chrysanthemum white-lilac

I bought these chrysanthemums the first week of March, and they’re only just starting to show the first signs of demise. Sadly I wasn’t able to enjoy these flowers as I got the flu just after buying them and slept for one and a half weeks nonstop. Imagine my surprise when I finally got better to find these still sitting on the dining table in all their magnificence. I love the colouring of these – if you get really close, it looks like someone spilled lilac ink over their middle.

Hopefully I’ll make it to some market or garden centre tomorrow to buy new ones. With this gorgeous weather we’ve been having all week, it feels like spring’s here already so I’m looking forward to go buy something lovely. Also, I’m looking forward to taking the camera outside again soon to produce something nice.

How was your week? Has spring also sprung where you are? And has anyone managed to catch today’s solstice?

Have a great weekend!

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2015 February In Pictures

When I looked at my February 2015 folder I was surprised. I could have sworn I’d taken a lot more pictures than were in the folder. Where did they go? Thinking back, I realised I did not go on a photo outing with my friend this month, that would account for fewer pictures. Something in my head insisted that I took more pictures, though.

Then I went into Lightroom, and… aha! A lot more pictures tagged February 2015. Turns out they were mostly food pics. So I’m afraid that’s what the picture collection for this month comprises most. I didn’t take the camera outside even once, but I did have fun with my food shots, doing the pseudo-selfie with the carrots, using new backgrounds/surfaces. I like the outcome, too, but still, I wish the month in pictures were more diversified.

At least now I know to pay more attention to my photo subjects next month.

How was your February?

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Pink October Rose

I realised the other day that I have quite a number of rose pictures in my archives. Whenever I go looking for something they seem to be popping up, and I’m always surprised to find more. You’ll probably be seeing more Friday roses unless I finally get to buy some other kind at the market. The last couple of weeks, though, I stood at the flower stall and just couldn’t make up my mind. Nothing spoke to me, so I left empty-handed. I’ll try my luck later today.

Last week while lounging around I suddenly had the idea to de-clutter my kitchen (again…) and do an early spring clean. That’s the thing, though, isn’t it, with ideas you have while lazing on the couch – once you actually get up to realise your idea you don’t feel like going to all the trouble after all. Or is that just me? So apart from some cooking nothing much happened in my kitchen last weekend. This week I’m not even trying to make promises to myself. Just wait and see what happens.

I hope you all have nice plans for the weekend, and may the weather gods be gracious!

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Enthusiasm For Experimenting. Finally.

Today I was wondering what your typical Saturday is like. Yes, yours, the reader’s. Don’t ask me where this came from, but I did wonder.

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Mine was supposed to start out quite typical for me, with going into the city to pick up some wool I’d ordered for a knitting project. I was prepared for rain and got a pleasant surprise on getting up to see the sun out. That changed my mood as well as my outlook on the day.

Because suddenly I was thinking there might be good morning light in my living room, which turned out to be true, so instead of making coffee I got dressed and grabbed the camera. Because, you see, I had been intending to do this kind of experiment I did today since last summer when I saw a post on Helen’s blog. Only I was too lazy to fiddle with camera settings and to experiment. That’s my cross to bear, this laziness. But let’s stay positive, because I definitely overcame that today.

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I’d just bought these cute rustic looking violet mini carrots and decided to make them my photo object today, together with myself, or parts of myself. It took me 5 tries with 10 photos each using the camera timer, and I was content with this first experiment. Then when I got home I was in such a good mood that I gave it another go, this time it took me 5 tries with 5 photos each. I admit it wasn’t easy but it also wasn’t as time consuming and nerve-wracking as I had imagined, and in the end I wondered why on earth I hadn’t tried this before.

Self with carrots 02I got quite a few good results from the second round, and just as I was about to close Lightroom I decided to turn some of the pics into black & white ones [using Helen’s Portobello  preset]. These are the ones I liked best.

Happy weekend!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

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This week’s photo challenge is symmetry. I was surprised I found quite a few fitting pictures in my archives, and then I found this one. It’s not my usual photography style at all, but I vividly remember taking this picture in Newport, RI last summer.

The street was relatively narrow and I stood on the other side of the road, so there was no way I could capture the whole house. The reason I did capture this bit was the flag, as it was shortly before the 4th of July, although I know that there doesn’t need to be a reason for Americans to put up a flag outside their house.

That’s another reason I took quite a few flag pictures during that vacation, because putting up a flag is pretty much unseen in German – except when it’s football (i.e. soccer) season. Any other time you might be judged for a political conviction that you might not even have…

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Friday Flowers

Bunch of pink market roses

For once I decided to go with a total cliché. If you want to take these flowers as a Valentine’s gift from me to you – you’re welcome :-)

I took this shot last month at the market really quickly, in passing by, as the stall holders started to pack up, and I was surprised the pictures turned out so well for something done in a hurry.

Whatever your plans for this weekend, whether you celebrate V day or not – I hope you’ll have a good one!

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February Roses

A day off *happy sigh* I discovered yesterday that I had one vacation day left over from last year and immediately decided to take today off.

The weather’s quite agreeable apart from a strong wind, but after a few days of snow – that didn’t stay – it’s nice to see a bit of sun again.

I went to the market, met my mother at a stall by chance, so we went to have some coffee and catch up.

The rest of the weekend is going to be lazy, though hopefully not too lazy as I have to do some catching up with my food blogs and would like to try out some recipes.

I purchased the above roses earlier this week, and they even smell lovely; I never expect much from shop-bought flowers, especially at this time of year, so this was a nice surprise.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and take time to stop and smell the roses!

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Pulled Pork – A Weekend Event

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Remember last Friday when I mentioned I’d be staying with friends and the guys would be making either brisket or pulled pork? They went meat shopping and returned with a huge slab of ribeye as well as some pork. The ribeye we had on Saturday night, and afterwards they prepared the pork and the BBQ to smoke it overnight.

It was quite an event, actually, because of course everyone had to put in their two cents’ worth of how to do what, but it was definitely a lot of fun. Sunday morning after breakfast some of us went for a walk in the quite deep snow that had started falling the day before, and a couple of hours later the pork was ready to be served.

The piece of meat you see on the BBQ above can by no means be called pretty, but the taste of it once it was pulled apart… oh my… I wish we could have that once a weak!

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2015 January In Pictures

The first month of 2015 is behind us. Contrary to the last few years, I went into the new year without any specific expectations or goals. I had a few things in mind that I wanted to do or try but without any pressure – more like either I would or I wouldn’t do/try those things.

What I did do was pick up the camera regularly again and try out new setups, I thought a lot about what I want to do with this photography thing and whether I want to invest more time and energy in it or less. I ended up doing a lot of thinking, and I haven’t come to any conclusions yet, and that’s OK. I don’t want to make any spur of the moment decisions but ones that I will be comfortable living with once I’ve made them. That goes for photography as well as my life in general.

Photography-wise January was a real mixed bag. I started cooking again, so did some food shots, I did a lot of shots around the house that I took specifically for the “living” category of my other blog, and I went on a day trip to Ulm with a friend. This mixed bag of pictures is basically what my January in pictures below shows, and I hope you enjoy it.

How was your January and your start into the new year?

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Carnations Jan 2014

Good morning! It’s a beautiful one here today, crisp cold air, blue sky, and sun. A vast change from the past few days where rain and wind prevailed. Let’s just hope it’ll last through the weekend.

I’ll be spending mine with a few friends (a group of five whom I meanwhile like to call “the usual suspects”) meeting tomorrow afternoon, possibly cooking together in the evening, and definitely having the men doing some overnight BBQing. I hear it’s either going to be pulled pork or brisket, so that it is something I’m absolutely looking forward to.

But first it’s off to the market this afternoon to buy fresh flowers. The carnations above are still on my coffee table at the moment – they’ve been holding up really well, having been there for exactly 2 weeks so I’m looking to buy more of them later today. I experimented with overexposure in the above pic, and I quite like the results, it makes them look even fresher.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

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The Weekly Photo Challenge’s prompt this week is Express Yourself. I often express myself through cooking and taking food pics but thought it too boring for this challenge.

Then last weekend I saw this graffiti on a visit to Ulm, walked towards it and thought wow! There was more to this graffiti, actually, to the right but I cut that off because I found it to be sexist and absolutely unnecessary. The part I clicked would have been enough to make people look and like it.

So my contribution for this week’s challenge is not an example of me expressing myself, but that of some graffiti artist.

The wall itself wasn’t actually attached to a building. It just stood – maybe placed there to offer graffiti artists an outlet? – in a little park area like an advertising wall.

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