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Good morning! After a dark-ish week of wind and rain, we’re currently graced with crisp air and sunshine. Hopefully that’ll last into the weekend.

Except for a little housekeeping stuff I have no real plans for this weekend. I’ve felt a head cold lurking on the sidelines, which seems to be wanting to come out properly today but I’m still hoping to keep it at bay, which is another reason to take it easy for a couple of days.

As usual I’m also hoping to go out to take pictures, but we’ll see. Hmmm… re-reading this, it seems like there’s  a lot of hoping going on right now…

What are your plans?

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Decay Day - Dried + Wilted

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2016 January In Pictures

Welcome to the first monthly picture review of the year! What happened in January?

I cooked – not as much as I wanted to despite being on vacation and having the time. I still had some great ideas, though, but they’ll keep.

I went outside twice for a change to take pictures – yay! A walk when we had our first (and only, so far) snowfall as well as a visit to our botanical gardens where they have beautiful 19th century greenhouses with lots of exotic plants.

I’ve been thinking a lot about various things – the possibility of moving house/apartment this year, where to go on vacation (people keep asking me but I have no idea), and I’ve also been rethinking this blogging thing. I know I want to do some things differently and/or freshen things up with all of my blogs, but I don’t know what exactly or how.

As the year’s only just started, I guess I’ll have time to think about it all a little more, I don’t have to come up with all the answers at once. Often recognising the need or desire to change something is already a first step.

How was your January?

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Hello on this very beautiful sunny day! We’ve been having morning temperatures of 3°C here all week, but during the day we got up to 15°C. It doesn’t feel like winter at all.

Last Sunday I met my friend E for a photo excursion to the local zoo which also accommodates the botanical gardens. It was really cold outside but nicely warm inside the 19th century greenhouses. Most of those greenhouse structures are beautiful, add to that the enormous collection of exotic flowers… well worth spending a day there.

They have over 6000 botanical species, among them an abundance of camellias, orchids – like the ones above -, fuchsias, azaleas, succulents… We also visited the Amazonia house that was built a few years ago but that I hadn’t been inside yet, but I started sneezing the moment I entered, all the way through to the exit, and suddenly the sneezing stopped as soon as I was outside again. So, no Amazonia vacations for me, ever!

The butterfly house sounded like a great photo opportunity  but it was so humid in there that our lenses fogged up right away. No chance of taking pictures of the flying foxes that were hanging right before our noses feeding on fruit, nor the butterflies. Guess some things you just have to enjoy without further purpose.

This weekend it’ll be the usual agenda of getting the house in order, cooking & food blogging, and a final breakfast meeting – really final this time – with E before they fly home to the States next week.

Happy Friday!

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Hello again on this cold winter morning! We’ve finally had some snow, although not everyone’s happy with it. We’re not so bad off here, I think, with only -6°C, especially when I heard on the radio this morning that the US East coast is expecting major snowfall tonight and preparing for a weekend stuck at home.

Although I don’t mind the cold, I prefer it with a blue sky and sunshine; that just makes the perfect winter day for me, so I’m hoping for some of that for this weekend. My plans are to meet my friend E who will be moving back to the US in February, so it might well be our last photo outing together :-( .

As we currently have a problem with the central heating in our house, I’m also hoping that’ll get fixed today, otherwise it’ll be a not-so-cozy weekend. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Happy Friday!

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2015 December In Pictures

Not sure what to say about December without repeating myself yet again, so I’ll try to keep it short. Time seemed to fly. The weather was freakishly warm. I didn’t take the camera outside much. I didn’t take many pictures of life’s little details. I took a lot of food pics and had great fun doing so.

New Year’s Eve was spent with friends, much laughter going on. Nevertheless, we can’t really forget the terrible things happening in this world right now, and we’ll have to live with those in 2016 as well. I guess we can but try to make the best of everything – both for ourselves but hopefully for others who are not as lucky as well.

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I realised the other day that I haven’t been here much this past month. Well, what better occasion to return than to have New Year’s Day coincide with Friday Flowers! I hope you’ve all spent a pleasant New Year’s Eve and wish you all the best for 2016!

As to why I haven’t posted here in a while, I can’t really say. I’ve been taking more food pics again lately, and of course there was the rush towards Christmas where everyone tries to get everything done before the festivities. Other than that, even though the weather has been spring-like here through most of December, I haven’t been outside much, at least not to take pictures.

At the beginning of this week, I ventured down into the city – pure madness right after Christmas, but I had a faulty phone that needed to be exchanged, so I threw myself into the fray. Action items ticked off, I passed a flower shop and went in to get some single stems to bring a semblance of freshness and spring into the house to match the weather after putting away the Christmas decorations.

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions, but as in the past few years I still have the good intention to take more pictures as well as to improve my skills; I have a feeling, though, that this wish to improve might be with regards to food photography and not the everyday stuff. Nevertheless, I also intend to walk around with eyes open in order to catch the little details of life.

Happy New Year!

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2015 November In Pictures

November was a little more interesting for me photography-wise than October. I actually went outside, if only twice, to take pictures, trying to retrain my eye to the little details along the way. I took along my beloved 60 mm macro lens – whose autofocus doesn’t work anymore and couldn’t be repaired – but I have to admit it’s not as much fun using it having to focus manually. I find it difficult sometimes to focus properly.

I also happily noticed that I find food photography enjoyable again, although I’d still prefer it if someone else did all the cooking and recipe writing :-) . I did quite a bit of tethered shooting, which I’ve become a little enamoured with.

Last weekend I took some pictures using my camera’s self timer. Once the camera’s positioned right, it’s not too time-consuming. Whereas my first try in February this year took about 50 shots to get it right, I managed to to get it done in 10.

There are still a few items on my “want to try” list that I haven’t gotten round to yet, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually.

All in all, I’m glad I can present you with a more balanced collection of pictures this month.

How was November for you?

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Xmas Orchids

Good morning! We’re having a milder one today, with fog but no rain so far. At least I’m no longer worried about snow as my car got its winter tires yesterday.

Speaking of winter, these lovely orchids look pretty wintery to me, they’re on a sideboard at my friend’s house. She took the white bowl to her florist who made this beautiful arrangement. Very fitting with this coming Sunday being the first Advent Sunday.

My plans for the weekend are cooking, cooking, and cooking. I think I just got back my food photography bug this month, and I’m looking forward to taking food pics this weekend. For tonight I invited my sister to dinner, we’ll catch up and ring in the weekend – at least for me as she has to work tomorrow.

Hope you have nice plans as well & much fun!

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{Belated} Friday {Non-}Flowers

2016 Adventskranz

I didn’t manage to post any Friday Flowers yesterday, so today I’m showing you what I made at the Advent Workshop yesterday.

The florist showed us five different types of decoration, then we could choose which one(s) we wanted to make – be it recreating hers 1:1 or adapting from her designs.

I saw this super cute kind-of-wreath, the basics of which were what you see above, the outline of trees (made from coconut fibre), and the colours of the show piece were light green and white. As I had brought my own candles I adapted my decorations according to their colours, and I chose a larger basic design. With this one the pointy bits of the star shape were purposely unevenly drawn, so don’t go thinking I messed up mine ;-) .

What I hadn’t anticipated was that it wasn’t as easy to do as the florist had made it seem – except for my friend who shared a work bench with me and was done in no time. I had hardly begun cutting out my star from a piece of wallpaper and then sticking some unwieldy wiring onto it, when I thought: Why on earth did I have to choose this design!?

However, the lovely and very charismatic florist went around the work tables and helped us out (a lot in my case), and everything turned out OK in the end.

Afterwards I said to my friend that this florist stuff definitely was not my forte; she pointed out other things I was good at, though, and I had to agree.

I’ll definitely be giving one of the other workshops offered a try at some point, though, as it was a fun and creative evening.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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A Nomination…

…for the Liebster Award and things you probably never needed to know about me :-D .

I don’t normally participate in Award activities, but when I got a nomination notification from Ines’ of IMonnetPhoto, I looked at her post and liked her answers to the questions posed to her when she was nominated as well as the photos she added and the questions she in turn posed to her nominees.

As I said, I don’t usually do awards, but I read/look at tons of blogs that I all like, so I won’t nominate anyone in particular. If I follow you, I like your work, and if you don’t see me as a follower in your Reader that’s probably because I subscribe to a lot of blogs via RSS or actively go there.

So thank you very much for the nomination, Ines, and here are the answers to your questions.

❔ How/Why did you become interested in photography?

I became interested in photography through food blogging. I’d never been interested before, but I knew having a food blog without pictures would be a no-go. While supplying pictures to go with the recipes was a necessary evil in the beginning, I quickly caught the photography bug.

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❔ What’s the first photo you published on your blog?

My first post on this photo blog was for a series on trees. Looking back at it is a real GAAAAAAH! WHY!? moment…

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The first picture on my food blog, which I started before this photo blog, was a picture of my dinner table when I had guests. (Luckily…) I can’t even find the original.

❔ Do you photograph mostly to document moments or to be creative?

I’d say to document little details of daily life.

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❔ What’s your favorite time of the day to take photos?

9 – 11 am and 2 – 4 pm

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❔ Where do you get inspiration to photograph?

It’s mostly food photography that inspires me – and I get that from the incredible number of food blogs on the internet.
As for other types of photography, I admire it more than it inspires me as it’s usually not the kind of photography I want to or can do.

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❔ If you could spend a day with a famous photographer who would it be?

I have to honestly say that right off the top of my head I can’t even name any famous photographers. I’ve never had a famous photography role model.
Having said that, I’d probably like to spend a day with a good food photographer and food/prop stylist.

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❔ What is your favorite camera to shoot with?

My current Nikon D300. I love the thing and dread the day when I need to replace it. Fingers crossed that won’t happen anytime soon!

❔ What was your last purchase photography related?

Funnily it’s almost the same item Ines bought – a BlackRapid RS7 Strap.

❔ Do you have a camera bag?

Yes, I do. I used a small Crumpler bag for a few years (because it fit all my requirements and was available in green :-) ); I upgraded last year to a larger Crumpler model (in red) because I take more lenses with me now when I go out.

❔ What photography book would you recommend?

I have only ever read one photography book – Hélène Dujardin’s Plate To Pixel (which is no longer in print). For me it was mostly a confirmation that I was doing things right, but it’s definitely recommendable if you’re a beginner in food photography.

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❔ Do you print your photos?

Since I bought a little postcard printer in 2013, I’ve printed quite a lot. Sometimes I just print a current favourite to stick it on my fridge door, I also printed pics of my first big vacation in years, and I’ve printed 2 postcard booklets for friends.

 

Rereading this post just before publishing it, I was a bit astonished to realise that in my answers food photography is the thing that comes up most. I guess it’s still my passion…

This was actually fun to do, so thank you very much again, Ines!

If you haven’t made the acquaintance of Ines yet, go check out her blog IMonnetPhoto!

 

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