Sunday, October 27, 2013

I Love Macros ~ Halloween!

As I was not feeling creative, I
didn't have a clue what to do with this week's
Flickr and ipernity themes, which is "Halloween".
While running an errand at my local drug store,
I found this cute little air plant in a terracotta jack-o'lantern. 
The past week I've been tied up with cats...
that sounds like we were robbed, 
which wasn't the case, thankfully! 
One sick cat and another with life issues...
cattatude...that's what I'm talking about.
Anyway, I finally got out my Halloween decorations
and did a photo study of a jack-o'lantern statue.
This helped me with my own attitude!
I like this one...he's waving...hi y'all!
Trick or Treat?
Ick ...I don't like Tricks!
So we got lots of candy for the kids.
Sure will be glad to get that candy temptation out of our house.
Halloween is tough when you have a sweet tooth!
I shared one of my photos with these Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, named "Macro Mondays" (here), 
which the theme this week happens to be "Halloween".
And another group called "ipernity" (here)
also called "Macro Mondays" runs the same theme weekly.
And at "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
also a Saturday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
I love this quote! I found it on Sandra's Madsnapper blog here...
"Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual."  ~ Edward Weston
Thank you Sandra!
May everyone have a great week
and a fun Halloween...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Orange you glad it's Friday ~ Wire!

Love this time of year,
there is a plethora of  "orange" to photograph!
I should be out there doing just that...
Another wire photo from the farm!
I can't get enough of the textures...
This is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Happy Click'n!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Handsome in Pink!

I tell my husband, that a guy can wear pink, 
it all depends on how you do it...
Bogey does it by
playing in pink plastic wrap from the cleaners.
Don't hate Bogey because he's pretty!

Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Good News on Katie!

For some reason, Katie doesn't shy from the iPhone camera (taken today).
When you take out the BIG gun, Katie disappears.
Katie and Bogey (here) are BFF's. 
Some days they are brother and sister, other days they're
like Romeo and Juliet...
I adopted Bogey first along with another cat, Buster, who
had kidney disease and had to be put down not too long after the adoption.
While on our annual visit to the local Humane Society, I found Katie in the cat room.
(At Christmas time instead of doing the Angel Tree we
help the Humane Society.)
 Katie had been a too young, unwed momma and
had a horrible upper respiratory problem when the
Humane Society found her.
Well, despite my efforts not to, somehow I fattened her up.
She is a "fluffy" girl! (Hanging my head...sigh.)
Last Friday she started vomiting,
having diarrhea, and quit eating, which is so not like her.  The worse part,
she was hiding, which is not a good sign. Then when she acted like
I was hurting her when I tried to pick her up, I
knew it was time to get her help.
To make a long story short,
this girl was tested for pancreatitis...
we got the results of the test today...
Katie doesn't have it! 
We got happy feet!
The Vet thinks she might have IBS
and we're going to treat her for that,
then put her on a diet...don't tell her though!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, October 21, 2013

I Love Macros ~ Wire!

There's something about wire that is exposed to the elements
that I can't resist...
 it's the organic feel of it and the earthiness, I think.

We dropped in at the farm yesterday
and found lots of old rusting wire for these macro shots.
The leasers were out treating their cattle.
That can be eye opening for a city girl!
Staggering cows trying to regain their composure...
I just wanted to lay them down and stroke their heads, poor cows!
I shared a couple of my photos with these Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, named "Macro Mondays" (here),
which the theme this week happens to be "wire".
And at "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
also a Saturday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert
 integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
 the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. – Cecil Beaton
May everyone have a great week...
Happy Click'n!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ "Food"

This month's challenge  ~ "Food" ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
My version of Old Chicago's "Oh My Spaghetti Pie"!
(Taken with my iPhone. Recipe at the end of this post.)
The following are three food macros~
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF
a EOS Macro 100  mm lens 
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge", 
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post. 
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
A Personal Photo Challenge
I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
Photographing Food Tips for me To Remember:
1)  One of the best places to photograph food is by a window where there is plenty of natural light – perhaps supported with flash bounced off a ceiling or wall to give more balanced lighting that cuts out the shadows. This daylight helps to keep the food looking much more natural (more about light here).
2)  Food doesn’t keep it’s appetizing looks for long so as a photographer you’ll need to be well prepared and able to shoot quickly after it’s been cooked before it melts, collapses, wilts and/or changes color.  You can setup, check lighting and use a stand in before the food is ready to shoot.
3) Style it ~ presentation is important!!  Pay attention to the balance of food in a shot (color, shapes etc) and leave a way into the shot (using leading lines and the rule of thirds to help guide your viewer’s eye into the dish).  Interesting "Styling" tips here.
4) Enhance it ~  have some vegetable oil on hand and brush it over food to make it glisten in your shots.
5)  Generally getting down close to plate level (or slightly above it) instead of from above, but don't always rule this out either.
6)  Adding steam ~  microwaving water soaked cotton balls and placing them behind food. 
7) Use your tripod, and a shutter control attachment to prevent shakes...the time release setting is also available on most cameras!
8)  Food photo gallery and more tips here.
I've been known to photograph food when I'm traveling
or wanting to share a great recipe on FB or on my blog, 
and sometimes food has shown up as my subject in 
one of the macro memes where I participate.
But I've not really given it much thought as a passion for my photography,
though after reading the suggested links on APPC and finding a few of my own,
I will now view food photographs with an enlightened appreciation!
Happy Click'n!

Alfredo Baked Spaghetti Pie
1 box spaghetti
2 jars 16 oz Alfredo sauce (homemade would be best/suggested brand Bertolli Alfredo Sauce or your favorite)
1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese (used Crystal Farms 6 Cheese Italian)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup sour cream 
½ cup cream cheese spreadable, softened
1 jar marinara spaghetti sauce

*  Preheat oven to 400; butter a DEEP pie pan.
*  Boil pasta to al dente (important because pasta continues to cook in oven), drain, then return to the pot.
*  Toss hot pasta with cream cheese (best to break up so it can melt easier) until melted, then add sour cream mixing well. 
*  To the spaghetti mixture add 1 cup of the Alfredo sauce, the shredded Italian cheese, and the Parmesan cheese.  
*  Transfer pasta to buttered baking dish; press pasta firmly into dish; smooth top of pasta.
*  Bake 20-30 minutes until bubbly, heat up the two sauces.  When done set aside for 5 minutes cut into slices like a pie.

*  Serve with a spoonful of heated Alfredo sauce over top of slice with a spoonful of  heated spaghetti sauce around the slice, sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese if you like.  Enjoy.  (6-8 servings.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Roller Derby Daughter...

Our oldest daughter recently tried out for a roller derby team.
Last Saturday night I went to my first bout or game for us laymen.
Some of my favorite photos follow ~
Huge win for the Salina Sirens!
Me, Kendell and the Hubineer!
Her primary position is a "Blocker",
but she had the opportunity to be a "Jammer"...
Sort of the quarterback for roller derby!
We are so proud of our daughter taking this sport on.
She is a wife, mother of two and a veterinarian...
one busy lady!
I wish I had her energy and stamina!
The first Jam happiness...maybe not the last!

FYI Roller Derby ~
13 Things you didn't know about roller derby here.
A few facts about the game here.
Happy Click'n!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Itsy Bitsy Spider...

...wasn't so itsy bitsy!
 This morning when I was leaving for my morning walk,
I almost walked right into this spider web. 
 Photo op...after I positioned myself to take these photos
the web began to move with the wind as if
it was breathing in and out...creepy!
Spider 3D!
At one point he turned so I could see his underside.
Spiders, I can live without them!
Happy Click'n!

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