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.
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
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...
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:
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 :)
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:
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.