New Year’s Brunch

Green Chile egg puff, sausage, and a mixed green salad tossed with French vinaigrette.

Not a good start to the year, missing the focus on the chili egg puff. Thankfully just the picture was messed up and not the actual dish, which was delicious (as always).

The camera was set to aperture f/2.8 from me shooting something else (a few days ago). And I was in such a hurry to eat that I just wasn’t paying attention. Point, shoot, and eat!

Happy new year!

Week 8, Project 365

This week most of my views were of computer screens or outside of my home office window, watching my days tick away while I was watching computer screens. This was the week of a big virtual convention for us and, I provided some support through the week both for rehearsals and for the convention itself.

I have no complaints; I have a job with an important purpose, working with important, caring people. I also got to indulge in a double-double to kick the week off, so…

Week 5, Project 365

Here’s another week’s worth of photos. You might already be able to tell that there was no theme (again) this week. I struggled around mid-week, not only almost forgetting to take a photo on each day but, also starting to consider quitting the project.

I’m not a “take a picture every day” kind of photographer. I take pictures in streaks, which makes this project more difficult for me than most.

Week 4, Project 365

This week had no theme (random) but I’m happy with how easy it was for me to remember to take a picture each day. Really, the point in doing this project is to get me back into the habit of seeing things “photographically” while encouraging myself to be 1) more experimental and, 2) more comfortable with really mundane images.

The point isn’t to have 365 of the best images ever taken rather, it’s to build up some habits and maybe fine tune some skills along the way. At least, those are my goals.

Week 2, Project 365

This week’s theme was “breakfast”. It’s interesting to consider how mundane and repetitive this meal is. When I first considered this theme, I was worried that I was going to end up with 7 photos of oatmeal. But, I’m not one for monotony in food; I have a hard time with leftovers not because I don’t like them but because I like a lot of variety from meal to meal.

This week was a little outside of “average” in that I had more eggs than I usually do. Most of this was not due to the photo project (I think) but because I woke feeling hungrier than normal most of the week.

Note: I’m also uploading all of the photos into this Flickr album. Each photo posted there has a description, like a short “thought of the day” accompanying it. 

Two weeks down, 50 more to go…

the critic

My cat likes to take up the same space as the mid-morning sun

I updated my settings to take Jpeg+Raw, where the Jpeg will be done in Fujifilm’s Acros film simulation. This gives me the best of both worlds, where I get a nice B&W with no post processing needed and a Raw file for if I do want to revisit the editing later.

Week 1, Project 365

Here are my photos from the first week. To help keep me going through the entire project, I’ll be using themes to help tie photos together. The first week doesn’t have a theme, though. It’s random just to help me get started.

I’m also uploading all of the photos into this Flickr album. Each photo posted there has a description, like a short “thought of the day” accompanying it.

One week down, 51 more to go…


Picture of Avocado on Sacramento Baking Company's Native grain bread (my new favorite), with Lao Gan Ma's Spicy Chili Crisp and egg.
Breakfast: Avocado on Sacramento Baking Company’s Native grain bread (my new favorite), with Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp and egg.

I appreciate the simplicity in this breakfast but, more so, I enjoy how this simplicity contains layers of flavors and textures. It almost feels indulgent rather than “healthy”.

smoke tinted rose

white rose in a smoke colored tint

No, not a white balance issue… that orange tint is from the smoke that has filled the sky. Often, the smoke from surrounding wildfires makes it’s way into the Sacramento Valley and just… sits. You can see some ash on the petals as well.