Photography, Cycling and the Internets


Cherries ‘n Berries

Cherris 'n Berries

As promised, here are the delicious strawberries.  The cherries are an heirloom variety known as Coral Cherries.  They are the best cherries I’ve ever had.  This was a shot done in my window again for the nice lighting.   If anyone wants to, have a moment of silence for this fruit.  It was promptly devoured by the kids after I was done shooting.




The carrots sold by  at our farmer’s market are like candy.  Especially after being roasted on the grill.  It’s important to get the skinnier ones, since the really big ones take forever to cook.



The other shot from the farmer’s market.  I’ll have to get some more on Sunday.  I did do a quick arrangement of these for this shot.

Morning Coffee

Today’s Daily Shoot assignment required leaving the big camera alone.  I read the assignment just after pouring my first cup of joe.  The camera of choice was what I had near by, my iPhone.  I think this shot is pretty good for my iPhone despite some blurry bubbles which bothers me a bit.     The coffee is from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, my daily addiction.  If you are ever in the San Jose area, worth a trip for a cup and some beans.

Morning Coffee

#ds144 – Put down your big, fancy camera today. Fully engage your artistic side by making a photo with minimal gear.

Queried Creativity

While doing some data-mining this evening at work, I thought I would try to complete some of my lagging Daily Shoot assignments.  The time during query execution is only so entertaining so why not fill it with something more fun. I don’t own a fancy flash, so the only lighting help I can get is from the sun, room lighting or my trusty pop-up flash.  This evening I thought I would try to make my pop-up flash shots look good instead of washed out.

Precarious Pushpin – this shot was taken with a 8×11 piece of paper held just at the end of the lens to diffuse the flash.  Overall the results of this look decent to me.  The pin is slightly pushed into a plastic bottle cap.

#ds94 – Fragility conveys tension. Make a photo today of a person or object in a fragile state.

Girl Scout CookiesNo fancy title for this one but it did have a cumbersome lighting setup.  Well, it was more like a few sheets of paper setup on the sides of the cookies.  I had one piece of paper on the right and left sides of the cookies angled at about a 45 degrees from the flash to bounce light towards the cookies.  I had a third piece of paper that I held at a very steep angle, maybe 20 degrees off of parallel with the lens towards the paper on the right.  This allowed the majority of the light to come from the paper on the right, while still providing some fill light from the front and a bit from the left.  Not bad for a pop-up flash and no studio if I do say so myself. 🙂   I consider this my “experimentation” for this DS assignment.

#ds107 – Find out what those buttons and dials on your camera do. Play today! Try a new setting and make a photo. (via @dibytes)

Coconut Macaroon – Daily Shoot 75

At oDesk, we’re lucky that one of our coworkers is married to naka_sf, an aspiring chef.  We’re often treated to all kinds of macaroons as she experiments with variations of her recipes.  It’s always a treat.

For today’s Daily Shoot assignment, the timing of a new batch arriving at the office was perfect.  The white and green macaroons on the blue paper made for a nice composition.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a tripod and it wasn’t quite as sharp as I would have liked.

#DS75: “Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Make a photo of something sweet today.”

Red Tomato on a Very Dead Vine – Daily Shoot 67

For this assignment I thought that a very nice looking tomato on a very sad looking vine was enough to make me pause.  It is amazing that in late January, after some freezing and bad weather, the vibrant red color is still strong.  Not to mention, the small green tomato seen just behind the red one.  It may not be quirky, but it was definitely hmmm.

#ds67 – “Quirky things often catch your eye and make for interesting art. Make a photo of something that makes you go “Hmmm” today.

Daily Shoot #30: Green

#ds30: “Let’s try another color theme, this time make it green: green sleeves, green with envy, green eggs and ham, you name it!”

I struggled for awhile for something green to shoot that wasn’t a Christmas tree or other plant.  The Perrier bottle caught my eye.

Daily Shoot #23: Morning Beverage

#DS23: “We can all use a little boost to get started in the morning. Make a photograph of your morning beverage of choice.”

What better than nice warm coffee in the morning.  Barefoot Coffee, in a french press.

These indoor still life photos are making me want to get some lighting.  These are warm, but I can’t get the colors to be just the way I want.

Daily Shoot #29: Food

#DS29: “Show us some food you eat today, using DOF, perspective, or other tricks you’ve learned so far to make everyone hungry!”

No  better day to have a food assignment than one that I get a birthday cake on!