Day 255 – What’s for Dinner?


I know many of you fellow men are like me… at least I think you may be. You get hungry and amble out to the kitchen, open the refrigerator door and just stare for a while, trying to figure out what to have for dinner. If you are like me, you don’t see anything that looks good, even though the refrigerator is full of choices, so you close the door and walk away. After awhile, hunger gets the best of you, and you head back out to search the refrigerator once again, as if maybe, somehow, some new food made it’s way into the refrigerator… and you stand there with the door open, like I do, gazing and hoping for something to jump out at you. Usually my wife will snap me out of my trance and make a suggestion, and then it’s like, “yea, why didn’t I think of that?” I think the problem arises when there are too many choices. Back when I was a single guy, I never had that problem. I would open the refrigerator and grab a beer and some leftover pizza. There weren’t a lot of choices to make, just pizza, beer, or out dated milk. Now that I’m supposed to eat healthier, I have more choices, and it takes longer to prepare the food, and… I just wish I could have pizza and a beer again. Life has become so complicated. 🙂
I shot this picture of my fully stocked refrigerator using my iPhone 4S and then processed it in Dynamic light on the Urban Art setting.

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Day 191 – Some Things Never Change


I remember eating these as a kid, so I know they’ve been around for a while. I was curious, so I Googled Tootsie Pops and found the following on Wikipedia

Tootsie Pops[1] are hard candy lollipops filled with chocolate-flavored chewy Tootsie Roll. They were invented in 1930 by Lukas R. “Luke” Weisgram, an employee of The Sweets Company of America. At an office meeting employees were asked to share any ideas for new candies. Mr. Weisgram had been thinking beforehand. Just the other day, Clara, his daughter, had shared a lick of her lollipop, at the same time, Weisgram had a Tootsie Roll in his mouth. He thought about how good it tasted and up popped an idea. The board loved his idea and began to plan for the creation of this new candy.

I shot this using available window light. I didn’t capture all of the flavors, seems my family likes the orange pops the best. 🙂

Day 181 – Lunch Time

Hickory Smoked Beef-stick with Romaine Lettuce

Today’s photo is a food picture. When it comes to food photography, I am a rookie. I do enjoy looking at pictures of food, almost as much as I enjoy eating it. The only problem is, some of the photos look so great, they make me hungry. While I was thinking about what to have for lunch, I decided to shoot my lunch before I prepared it. Pictured above are the ingredients of my lunch, a Hickory Smoked Beef-stick sandwich with Romaine lettuce on whole wheat bread (bread not included in photo). To set up this photo, I placed all of the elements on a wooden cutting board near the window. Natural window light is the only light I used. Camera settings were manual mode, 1/125 @ f/5.6, RAW format, then processed in Lightroom 4. After looking at the picture, I wondered what it would look like as a sepia toned photo. The picture below is the same photo, but processed as sepia tone.
Hickory Smoked Beef-stick with Romaine Lettuce – sepia

In the case of food, at least in this case, I think the color version is more appealing, although the texture of the romaine lettuce seems to stand out more in the sepia. What are your thoughts? If you have any food photography tips, please share them. All comments are welcome.