Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Three of my photos in the latest issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine. . .

I'm happy to report that issue 1 of 2009 was just released by Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine and I have three photos in their article, "How do you take your tea?" The first picture is of the cover, which I'm sorry to say I DIDN'T take, but the next picture shows my three photos. Here is a link you can paste into your browser in case you'd like to learn more about this wonderful magazine:


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Patrick Dempsey was seen, reading the Portland Magazine with my cover. . .

Well, how many kinds of cool is that? Admittedly, my February/March seafood paella cover had Patrick's face on it, too, but does this mean that there are now only something like 2 degrees of separation between myself and Patrick Dempsey? Ah, my brief brush with Hollywood. . .

Here is the link to the article with pics of Pat holding MY cover. Be still my beating heart. . .

You can paste it into your browser to see. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I've got a sweet tooth. . .

This was an enormously delicious chocolate mousse tartlett served in a dark chocolate "cup." I liked the way the birthday candles looked in it.
Both of these confections were made by the European Bakery on Route One in Falmouth, Maine: And they were delicious!
Shot with my Pentax K20D and the Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f/1.4 lens that does such a nice job. I shot the one below using my grandmother's delicate green Depression glass set. I like how the color of the kiwis are echoed by the dishes. . . By the way, this is a fruit tartlett with slices of strawberry, kiwi, half-grapes and dark cherries, on a "bed" of sweet cream cheese mousse. Yum. . .

Ah, the simple life. . .
Hope you enjoyed the shots as much as I enjoyed taking them (and eating the subjects later!)


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Some recent shots I've been working on. . .

I was pleased with how this shot of lemons in a bowl came out. It got into istockphoto last week, which was cool. New shots keep trickling in to my gallery there. . .
I like this shot of the eggs. It makes me very happy. It reminds me of something one might see in a Martha Stewart Living Magazine article about organized cooking. I like the soft, natural lighting and the asymmetry of the whole thing that somehow brings it together.

I bought a huge 11x14" picture frame at JoAnn Fabric last weekend on clearance for $4.95 so I could have the large sheet of clear glass at my disposal to create shots like the ones above! I love the reflection look. . .
I got really interested in taking the "perfect" shot of slices of lemon floating in bubbly water recently. I haven't gotten it where I want it yet, but I will continue to work at it. What I need is better lighting, I'm afraid, as I already "have the technology," to create the shot, but not the light needed to backlight the slices enough to make them translucent while also showing a larger part of a glass, indeed maybe even a large chunk of the glass. This is because I am using cheesy contractors' lights, shining them directly on the glass, and if I were to open the shot any wider, you would see my truly amateurish lighting setup!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Yo Yo Ma at Merrill Auditorium

Last month, as many of you may recall, I was lucky enough to meet and photograph Yo Yo Ma at a wonderful concert he gave in Portland at Merrill Auditorium. He is such a generous, outgoing and amazing person--the energy in the concert alone was just beautiful, but meeting him in person, he instantly makes you feel comfortable as opposed to nervous that you are talking to a world-famous, brilliant cellist/musician. He also has a silly side!
Here is Aimee Petrin, of PCA Great Performances, Yo Yo Ma and MPBN's Suzanne Nance, helping me make a few very fun photos!

The staff of PCA Great Performances with Yo Yo Ma after the show:
And one of my favorites--the closeup shot of Suzanne Nance and Yo Yo Ma:
It was a really fun night and I was on a high for several days after that, and when I saw the photos in print in Portland Magazine, it was fun all over again! (Some of them were used in the Flash Column at the end. And finally, I think I posted it a couple of posts ago, but here is the photo of myself and Mr. Ma, kindly taken by Suzanne Nance! She did a great job, didn't she?
Thanks for taking the time to read and look as always. Cindy


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