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The Joy of Food (Photography)

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.”
― Craig Claiborne

Haddock romesco

Haddock romesco

Second to the joy of cooking (and EATING) is plating and photographing food. Whether it’s with my trusty Rebel T1i or my quirky iPhone 4., I love playing with colors and angles. Figuring out the best way to showcase what will quickly be devoured.

Balsamic lamb chop

Balsamic lamb chop

Breakfast sandwich

Breakfast sandwich

Chicken marsala

Chicken marsala

Gluten-free pizza

Gluten-free pizza

Shrimp and grits

Shrimp and grits

Cast iron steaks

Cast iron steaks

 

Snow Day Photo Trek

It’s funny that I’m finally getting around to posting these photos. Today, we had the first measurable snow at my house since I took these photos in 2011. I grew up in the south so I don’t really like cold weather but I’m fascinated by snow.

Snow Maryland Photos 1 of 5

Snowy Day in Maryland 1 of 5 (click to enlarge)

The day that it snowed I threw on my boots and wandered around my neighborhood in awe. It was so quiet and beautiful. Just me and the sounds of snow crunching under my boots. I have a backlog of photos I wanted to process so I kept pushing these photos back.

Snow Maryland Photos 2 of 5

Snowy Day in Maryland 2 of 5 (click to enlarge)

I finally got around to them this week and realized that I should have made some exposure adjustments while shooting. I’ve since learned while reading my copy of Understanding Exposure that I should have bracketed against the sky and not the snow.

Snow Maryland Photos 3 of 5

Snowy Day in Maryland 3 of 5 (click to enlarge)

I had the damndest time processing these photos in Lightroom. Removing the blue tint that snow normally causes. Brightening the snow but not so much that I lost the shadows.

Snow Maryland Photos 4 of 5

Snowy Day in Maryland 4 of 5 (click to enlarge)

I learned a LOT during this process. I am looking forward to warmth of Spring and cherry blossoms. Look for those photos in the coming month.

Snow Maryland Photos 5 of 5

Snowy Day in Maryland 5 of 5 (click to enlarge)

Food, Food, Food

It can’t be denied that I love food. I love selecting the ingredients, working through a recipe, smelling the aroma, and EATING! It makes sense that I would combine my love of food with my love of photography. In between shoots with my Rebel I like to pull out my phone and take shots of food I’ve cooked or eaten while out. Since, I’ve been gone for a while I thought I should post some of these photos.

Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Whiskey Ganache and Bailey's Frosting

Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Whiskey Ganache and Bailey’s Frosting

Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto

Sauteed Shrimp and Carrots over Quinoa

Sauteed Shrimp and Carrots over Quinoa

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Oranges and Rosemary

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Oranges and Rosemary

Sauteed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Tomatoes

Sauteed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Tomatoes

Horton Vineyards

A few weeks back I took a tour of Horton Vineyards in Orange County, VA. I enjoy going to vineyards where they actually have the grapes growing on property. Photos were taken with my iPhone using the Instagram and Camera+ apps.

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