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Milk and Cookies

This has been a busy week in our home . . . . the Canadian Federal Election was called considerably earlier than anyone expected, and that changes our lives considerably until the vote takes place and things are wrapped up.  Both of us have different roles with Elections Canada . . . . it is very interesting what goes on behind the scenes to provide eligible voters the right to exercise their franchise.  Believe me, there is a tremendous amount to do and we will be working many long hours.  

So the food preparation begins and the baking frenzy went into high gear and I savoured one of my last chances for a few weeks to have a leisurely photo shoot.

Photography/Prop Details:
Nikon D4 with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Dishes from a breakfast set that I have had for a decade or more . .. .orginally from Canadian Tire
Placemats . . . I believe Winnners . . . a long time ago
Ceramic white basket . . . Pier One
White Milk Pitcher . . . Home Sense
Florals . . . can’t remember . . . they have lived with me for a very long time
Linen Napkin . . . Ikea . . . I believe

Week 17 . .. Milk and Cookies . .. Be Still 52

August 3rd  . . . The Studio Online . . In Corners

The Still Life Journey

January of 2015 ushered in a new chapter of my life.  It would be the start of the first year of full on retirement which was very exciting for me.  As much as I loved my Manulife days, I could now fully plan a year devoted to doing the things I love.  At the same time, Kim Klassen was offering a new gathering place for artists to grow and share.  The Studio Online was born and I jumped on board.  This has been one of the most fulfilling journeys for me as an artist and as a person.  It is filled with like minded women who care, share and support.  Truly amazing.  I could go on and on . .. but suffice it to say my soul has been enriched and my art has blossomed.

Food and photography seem to go together . … Carol Hart of Seattle is a gifted photographer and a creator of all things amazing in the kitchen.  She writes a wonderful blog and cooks through a different book every month. This month she chose Bowl and Spoon by Sprouted Kitchen and showcased their Lemon Creams.  They looked so good, and of course the cookbook has just happened to arrive in my library recently, (shhhhh!) and I decided to try them too . .. 


Used the Nikon D4 with two different lenses .. 105 mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.4

The pot de creme cups are from Evesham and have lived with me foreva

The gold flatware is Artistry and has also lived with me for a very long time

Purple plates are ones I picked up from Bowrings quite awhile ago

White luncheon plates are part of the dinner set I scored at Christmas time . .. Aynsley Golden Crocus

Cookies were made this week . .. vanished . .. Lemon and Ginger . .. thought they would be the perfect accompaniment to this recipe . ..

Thanks to Carol for her inspiration.


Bon Appetit

I just knew that these little side plates belonged in my collection of goodies and would be used over and over again, both for photography props and for actual serving of food. It just so happens that I have a dinner set of black dishes and very lovely black goblets by Mikasa, so my mind was running around in circles with ideas as I was making my way to the cash register . . . . oh the combinations I could put together for a very contemporary tablescape . . . . 

Fast forward to a food photography class that I participated in last weekend. Oh so wonderful, and our fearless leader, Sandy Weatherall of Jinsei Photographics infused and infected all of us with her knowledge of 25 years in this field. Each participant had to design their own photo including props, food and backgrounds. They were all so different and we learned from each other as the creative process unfolded. For this scenario I chose to use my new-found treasures, the Bon Appetit plates, and made ginger cookies as the food item.

As part of Studio Online, I chose this diptych to portray this week’s prompt Stacked. You are given a word each week as a prompt to create a still life photo according to your vision . . . . . the creativity in this group is beyond amazing and so inspiring . . . . the creative juices just start to flow as everyone displays their interpretation of the prompt and your mind just goes into overdrive!!! If you are looking for inspiration and exploring your inner soul in the field of photography, I highly recommend being part of this community.

The Studio | Online


Afternoon Delight . . .

This photo was taken for Week 4 BeStill 52 project wherein I am in pursuit of bettering my Still Life Photography as led by Kim Klassen.  

Using mid afternoon light from the bay window facing north, this photo is of a jelly roll that I made on the weekend and served up for afternoon coffee this afternoon.  Now that certainly doesn’t happen every day, but it felt quite decadent to have our afternoon break together and have dessert as well.

The dishes are fine porcelain Cream Lace by Skie McGhie that I have had for some time . . . thought the lace cutwork on them was perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day.

Technical stuff
ISO 400
focal length 70 mm
Nikkor f/2.8 24-70mm
f 5.6
1/50 sec
Texture used to soften kk_501


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