Monday, February 28, 2011


This is one of our foster cats, Minerva. She came to us with a litter of kittens, having had apparently, a most unpleasant kittenhood. She is only now learning to play, and to do normal kitty things. She had been spayed, and is up to date on her shots and vaccinations. If you think you can give this beautiful girl the wonderful home she deserves, contact Panora P.E.T.S.

Leica M6 / Summicron 50mm f/2 (1/30 sec f/2) / Tri-X / D-76 
Scanned with an Epson V500

IKONIX Workshops - Part 2

I brought my Leica along to the workshop, and a couple of rolls of Tri-X. I developed and scanned them yesterday, and here are the results:

These images are of our wonderful and talented model, Kari Shannon, who did a really marvellous job.

And here are all the workshop participants having a great time!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

IKONIX Workshops

I got to go to two photography workshops today, hosted by IKONIX Studio, here in Des Moines. They were a great opportunity to see some phenomenal photographers in action, to work with great gear, and marvellous models.

Thanks to Tom Woolery and everyone concerned for a wonderful day. I had a blast, met some great people, and took a few photographs. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do...
...there are some more on my Flickr page

Friday, February 25, 2011

In Print!

I had nearly a full page of my photographs published in the local newspaper, the Dallas County News recently :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Well, what do you keep in YOUR fridge?

It was close, but the film crisis has temporarily been averted!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hotpot 1

Hotpot. Vietnamese Fire Pot. Steamboat. Asian Fondue. These are just a few of the names by which this delightful culinary experience is known. There are countless variations of the basic formula found all over Asia. The recipe we use was given to us by a Hungarian who got it from a Chinese Cambodian, so it must be right.

Basically, it's a type of stew, cooked in a pot (we use an electric skillet) in the centre of the table. Each diner takes morsels from this pot and dips them in a sauce in his/her bowl. Everyone makes their own sauce according to their individual tastes.

I intend, over a series of Blog posts, to show you how we do it, including photos of the main ingredients, so that you can go to your local Asian supermarket and make your own. For today, however, I'll just post a couple of taster pictures - enjoy!

The table set for a hotpot meal. In the foreground are the sauce ingredients, a plate with three kinds of tofu, and eggs.

In the background is a bowl of bundled yam noodles, while in the foreground are beef (cut very thin, it cooks in less than a minute), green onions, and shrimps.

I should add that of all things that I have photographed, hotpot is one of the most difficult and challenging, firstly because of the "normal" difficulties of food photography, composition, lighting, etc.,
and also because I always have an irresistible urge to throw (well, put) down my camera and eat. And eat...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

First Prints from the Hasselblad

Well, I couldn't wait any longer - I developed the roll of Ilford Delta 400 that I ran through the SWC yesterday. There is some fogging of the film along the left side of the prints, that is present but varies considerably from frame to frame. I'd like to try to find out what's causing this - if it were firing on all cylinders, this camera would be an absolute joy.

Here's a few pics:

Our house.

Adel's beautiful courthouse.

Adel shop fronts.

The Stars and Stripes flying in a local authority machine shed.

Our prayer flags bask in the February sunshine. And look, no snow!
Yep, this is a great camera, with an amazing lens. I'd love one of these :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

No Hassle!

I got a loan of this beauty to play with - it's a Hasselblad Super Wide C, with a 38 mm f/4.5 Zeiss Biogon lens. It seems to be working OK, and it's now loaded with film, so I'm going shooting. Bye!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Art Yarn

Maggie is making more beautiful art yarn for her Etsy shop. This one has vintage fabrics, rick-rack, thread, handspun wool, and buttons!

For more details, go to her store!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Bowl of Yarn

Maggie and Becky are joining forces in a fabulous online giveaway next week. At stake is this collection of goodies that includes a yarn bowl, a skein of handspun yarn, a pair of wooden knitting needles, and six handcrafted ceramic buttons. They asked me to photograph the prize - here are my images:

Look out for Facebook posts from Girl With A Sword Productions and Willow Avenue Pottery for details of how to enter the draw for this cool prize!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maggie's New Hair

Maggie's new do - powerful purple! She has done purple a few times before, but I think this is the best yet.

Thanks to Laura Hess of Roxy Seven Salon for her amazing work!

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Etsy Photos

We - that is, Maggie - decided that her products might sell better on her Etsy site if we - that is, me - took more pictures. I'm now doing five photographs for each of her handspun yarn listings, most of which will have some object (coin, wine bottle, etc.) in the image as a size reference.

Here is one of the first sets: