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Friday Flowers

Today’s post is both a hello & a goodbye. A “hello Friday” and a “goodbye, I’ll see you sometime next month”.

This Friday feels special, because I’ve been counting the months, then weeks, and now the days until my vacation, which starts on Monday. Do you know that madness at work that only ever erupts in your last week before a vacation? Boy, am I glad that will be behind me as of this afternoon. The past week has been just as mad weather-wise.

We went from 28ºC to 14ºC within a day, and although I love a good thunderstorm, the temperature changes were hard to deal with, not only for myself apparently. Everyone around me kept complaining about headaches, getting a draught from driving with all the windows open while sweating, and the changes in air pressure were difficult to bear, too. Weather’s been back to high 20s again since yesterday, so that’s good.

I’ve also reached a personal goal this morning, which put me in an especially good mood. Now for a weekend of doing a lot of washing, then packing for Monday, when I’ll be leaving for Boston. I’ll be meeting two friends there, and then we’ll leave for a one week stay in Maine, then it’s back to the Boston area and we’ll take it day by day from there. Definitely a few trips to Boston, hopefully a trip to Vermont this time, a 4th of July party by the pool (the last time we were there it rained cats and dogs, so we’re hoping for sunshine this time around), and on our last day we have tickets for a country concert. The latter might not impress you, but here in Germany we don’t have a country music culture, so it’s a special treat for us to see a concert at a stadium.

If you’re wondering why today’s flowers are a diptych from the archives and not the usual Friday market flowers – I haven’t bought any in two weeks because there wasn’t anything nice to be found, so I didn’t take any pictures.

As usual, I’m hoping to bring back tons of pics from my vacation. I’ve decided to take my laptop with me, because somehow the thought of not being able to download three weeks’ worth of pictures, and – God forbid – the chance of losing them on my SD card worries me. So maybe I’ll get a chance to post before my return.

Until then, have a great weekend!

 

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Friday Flowers

Hello & happy Friday! Today’s flowers are a couple of weeks old, and sadly they disappointed a little. The one you see in the front was the only one that opened properly, the others stayed exactly as you see them here. When I moved the vase to my photo spot, the complete inside of the open one dropped out in one piece and only left a shell standing in the vase, I’d never had that before.

Since that purchase, there was nothing worthwhile buying at all at the Friday market. It was so hot over here that every flower seemed to be either wide open already or hanging its head, so I always left without buying anything. We’ll see how today goes, although it’s still very hot here.

Speaking of the weather – I don’t like to complain about good weather, but maybe 5 – 10ºC would be better for my well-being. The daily change of pressure, up to 28ºC during the day, then thunder storms (which I love!) is a bit too much for me at the moment. Last night through my living room window I could watch the dark clouds rolling in, then a light drizzle started, turned into a furious rain & thunder storm – it’s really beautiful to watch, and the air cooled down a bit, too.

What else is happening? Nothing much, except for my excitement at going on vacation in a week’s time. I’ve been counting down the weeks since the end of April, and now I’m counting the days. Packing list is ready, the fridge needs to be emptied over the coming week (reminder to myself not to get too crazy with food buys at today’s market!), and this weekend I’ll attend another open day at an organic farm, same one as last year, with a friend. Looking forward to some pulled pork or burgers. Also, I bought some more paint testers to make another photography background/surface – as if I didn’t have enough already 🙂 .

Hope the weather’s great wherever you are – have a good weekend!

 

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2018 May In Pictures

Welcome to another month in pictures! I’ve decided to say a few words here again after posting only Friday Flowers for the past months without my usual weekly roundup. Even I realise that just a few flower pics a month won’t do anything to draw people to your blog, and I was wondering why I haven’t produced much with regards to pictures lately.

It’s not that I haven’t produced anything at all, it’s just that for one thing – especially after the last food photogrphy workshop I attended – I’ve been concentrating on food photography, and I didn’t go out much to take pictures; the only place I took my camera to last month was my parents’ garden.

All that is reflected in this month’s collection as you will see – it’s bascially what I’ve been doing: creating and testing new photo backgrounds/surfaces, cooking & baking as well as experimenting with new ways of photographing for the food blogs, and the few garden details. Believe me when I say that I myself am a little (OK, a lot…) fed up with not taking the camera outside more to find more interesting subjects.

May was a very mixed month here weather-wise, it was either thunderstorms or extreme heat, and had someone said to me “let’s go out in the rain and take some pictures” I would have been happy to do so, but I didn’t fancy doing that by myself. Another thing to overcome.

I’m not going to make any promises, we all know where they can lead, but I’ll be traveling to New England again in two weeks’ time, and I’m hopeful I’ll be taking way more pictures there than I’ve been taking here at home lately. Fingers crossed!

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Homemade vs Museum {Diptych Day}

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Seeing Your Own Pictures In Print

Last month – after about a year of procrastinating – I finally decided to have a photo book made. My own pictures in print for a coffee table book.

The reason it took so long to decide was that I couldn’t be bothered to download every provider’s software to test what I liked best, so in the end I looked at several sites that had tested photo book printers, and I decided on the one that was supposed to have the best print quality.

I wanted to have my food projects pictures printed but found out it was quite expensive. On receiving the book I understood why – I had chosen “extra thick” pages, which are basically as thick as pages in a children’s book. I hadn’t needed that but now that I knew better, I’d choose a different option next time.

The quality of the printed book is extraordinary, though. Unfortunately I’m not too good at capturing pictures of pictures, so the ones you see below will probably not convince you of the print quality of the book – but I can attest it’s perfect.

Food Projects Photo Book

I decided to give it another go with a “normal” page thickness (which is still thicker than a book you can just easily leaf through), this one was very reasonably priced, plus they had a 10 Euro discount offer going all through March.

Friday Flowers Photo Book

That offer made it quite easy for me to decide on another book, this time prints of the “Friday Flowers” I’ve been posting over the past few years here on the blog. I love the results.

So next I ordered one that I called “Raw Materials” which contains pictures of raw food.

Raw Material Photo Book

The fourth and last one I ordered is a collection of the “Everyday Details” I love to shoot. For the three other books I’d chosen a plain 1 picture per page layout. For this one I chose two different layouts (you can mix them, choosing a different one for each page), one that has 4 landscape pics spread over 2 pages, and one that has 4 portrait pics spread over 2 pages.

Everyday Details Photo Book

If you’re interested in the printers, I believe they’re a German company but have international websites, too:

https://www.saal-digital.de/

http://www.saal-digital.co.uk/

https://www.saal-digital.com/

I’ve also ordered postcard prints from them, and liked them very much. With most providers, you pay extra if you want anything printed on the backside, but with Saal Digital I was able to have a self-created barcode printed on the backside, and that was included in the printing price.

I’m currently awaiting a second large order that’ll be delivered this week.

I don’t like endorsing companies here on my blogs, but I found their print quality extraordinary, their service (book printed and delivered within two days!) very good, and the fact that they often offer discounts worth a mention.

 

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