Food

Oh, Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato
The other day I found this sweet potato in my vegetable basket, and the fact that it already sprouted shoots should tell you how long it’s been there…

I decided to see if the thing would make for a good photo subject, and the first few shots were weird. Then I decided to get out the macro lens, and it got more interesting.

The plan was to post these 5 shots as single pics, but then I decided to stack them. That way you can’t see the details in the first three much, but I like the overall result.

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Rose {Monochrome}

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Pink Ball Flower

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Friday Flowers

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Nature

Friday Flowers

Market Flowers

Happy Friday everyone! Another sunny one over here; all the better for what I’ve planned for this afternoon. I’m invited to a friend’s for a topping out – although in this case they didn’t really newly build but they built on, so we’re going to have a little celebration at the building site. Only I forgot my sturdy footwear in the garage, hope my boots will survive.

I bought the above bouquet at the Saturday city market a couple of weeks ago; I was meeting a friend who had a birthday earlier in the year but I hadn’t seen her since. It was a beautiful morning, so I snuck off to a sunny corner of the market and clicked the bouquet before I gave it to my friend.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Happy Easter!

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Friday Flowers

Hyacinth Pink Pot

Goodness, it’s 7 minutes to midnight here, so I’m in a hurry to get this Friday post done. Thing is, as it’s a holiday it felt like the weekend, and I only realised about 15 minutes ago what day it is. Then my internet connection played up so I’m cutting it fine here.

Yesterday friends called from the Black Forest saying they’d gotten caught in a snow storm, and that they were about to put snow chains on the tires. Luckily no such thing here in the city. Today was the most beautiful sunny day, and I spent all day reading, getting up every now and then to make coffee and to take pictures, like the one above. Not quite content with the shadow in the back right, but like the colour combination.

The hyacinths are remains from last week, bought at the market, and I cut down the stems today as they were getting mushy.

Hope you’ll all be enjoying the Easter holidays!

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Life

2015 March In Pictures

This month I feel the flying by of the last one even more intensely. I think it’s because due to the flu I kind of missed almost two weeks, and before I knew it March was over. As I mentioned before, I also lost two precious weeks of picture-taking, so you’ll probably see from the collection below that I was kind of desperate to even get 31 pictures for this month.

I took the camera with me yesterday, thinking that on the way home from work I might find a photo opportunity. I had my eyes everywhere on the drive home but either couldn’t really see anything worth clicking or when I did it was impossible to stop along the way. So when I got home last night, I ran around like a wild chicken, my eyes all over the place, starting in the garage – the wellies – and ending at my dinner table – the salad. Considering all this, there are quite a few I like very much among this collection.

It’s the first time since I started this month in pictures series that I didn’t have enough pictures. Normally I have so many it takes me ages to decide which ones to show. It was a weird experience that I hope will not happen again – I’ll certainly never complain again that I have too many pictures…

How was March apart from all this? We’ve had great weather for almost 3 weeks, then the storms started this week with lots of rain, hurricane-force winds, hail and snow. It was more what you’d expect April to be like. Hopefully we’re past this chaotic weather now and can have sunshine for Easter.

I’ve been planning my trip to the UK this past month and have finally booked all the accommodation [which tends to take ages because I am very, very picky]. It’s not until the end of the month, though, so I’ll be enjoying my Easter vacation until then.

How was your March?

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Friday Flowers

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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Life

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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Friday Flowers

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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Challenge

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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Tuesday Triptych: Chocolate Cherry Kisses

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Decay Day - Brussels Sprouts

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