I am feeling a bit 'lighter' now and more energetic than before. I think the goldenseal remedy is something my body has been looking for and agreeing with.
With the weather is improving, apart from unpredictable and unsuspected Spring rain. The ground without rain in days seems quite dryish. A sign of dry Summer, perhaps? One of these days, what we've been doing is just keeping the ground moist, to anticipate dryish long Summer ahead. I have applied straws around the ground of my strawberry plants and while I am doing this, I notice some white disgusting spit under the leaves and some are caught near the base of the plants. I thought who the hell ever spit on my plants. Certainly not my family. They don't spit, unless it is brushing teeth time. When I look closely closer, I pick a twig and take it off of the leaves, there it was the little bugger who's disguised.
I don't know whether it is a good bug (I suspect that the larvae comes from that green beetle--not a metallic one fishermen used to use as the fliers), but I never think so, for the enzyme that covers these larva burn the leaves. And what are they going to do next? They'll eat my plants. So, every evening since then, I always go to the garden and spend 30 minutes to check them under the leaves and at the base of the plants. Squeezed! Sorry, but they have to go. Wrong spot, mate!
My baking mojo is back. I've made a promise to myself that I'm going to try Deeba's Chocolate Coffee Almond Meringue Cake. It's quite nice. I can't really taste the meringues in the cake, really, after it's left in the fridge for a while, it's somehow 'melt'. Would there be any difference with thicker meringues, perhaps? The sponge is nice, though. I like it. I brush each layer of cake with coffee syrup, made from espresso and sugar. If you guys tempted to make this, too, please read the recipe at Deeba's blog.
I'm Participating on Food O Grafie, as a part of food photography event, hosted by Zorra of Kochtopf. I can feel that food photography has already become my passion along with domestic cooking/baking. I love my camera and I love taking pictures.
I am using Canon EOS 400D, yes a bit behind your latest model from Canon, but like Zorra says perfect camera does not exist. Perhaps upgraded camera will offer more optical advantage, functions and features from those were born before them. I am quite comfortable with my camera. Its body is just perfect to grip and lovely big LCD monitor at the back. It's pretty easy to manage, the white balance, aperture, and everything else.
When bought this camera, the lens attached was only 18-55mm and then until July this year I start using Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM, a fast lens I adore up to now. I love its DOF and I just love it's closeness to capture the object. It's perfect for food photography. I love it. Shall I say it again? I love it.
With 18-55mm lens itself is alright to capture food. And it is great to capture natures. Can you believe that I use this lens to capture these insects?
Can you compare with 50mm lens, see below?
That's because 18-55mm lens is as good as 50mm lens to capture nature. Now, let's compare food photos I've taken from JVC old digital video camera (my first gadget in photo shooting), Canon Powershot A520, Canon EOS 400D with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and same camera with different lens 50mm f/1.4.
Canon Powershot A520
Canon EOS 400D 18-55mm lens
Canon EOS 400D 50mm f/1.4
Perhaps, you can see the differences? Good on you! What I can only say, through learning I always can take a lesson from each gadget, the weaknesses and the strength. To cover the weakness of a camera, is it possible? Not sure if it is something optical, like the amount of resolution a camera can offer, variable shutter speed, etc, but it can always be creative. For in my opinion, food photography is also about food styling. If the food looks good and I can take a good photo of it then I can give the audience a proven fact that the food looks appetizing and it DOES look (read: taste) good.
My photos are not always award-winning ones and it is not my intentional goals to collect as many awards as possible, but it is just nice to be able to share my photos with as many people as possible and it feels good when people enjoy looking at the photos and appreciating my works. I like learning from others and through photo events I can learn more. Although a photo event's results sometimes is slightly disappointing when to know there are more other undiscovered good-looking photos deserve the awards, it is still an event I can go for to learn more stuffs in food styling from other foodie bloggers.
I adore most of my flicker buddies' photos because they are really producing good-looking food photos. They put great efforts on producing good photos.
Well, I guess. People have preferences on what's average and what's excellent. All I can say is that keep producing and improving the styling and doing more experiments on many styling can make myself go forward with more progress. I believe that a good camera in a good hand will produce good stuffs.