A small triumph

It’s fascinating the things you discover during exercises like these ones.  After assuming I was going to take photos of some of the large trees around our house as large, heroic subjects that have triumphed over time and all it has to offer, what do I actually submit?  A plate of food.  I suppose I gravitate to the domestic.

I have to explain though, that this afternoon I managed to make the perfect stir fried veggie noodles.  This was a great victory for me as I never seem to get my noodles or rice to finish at the right time for the veggies which tend to be overcooked and a rather dismal khaki.  Or I burn my onions (fortunately the one vegetable you can burn without too many issues) which paints everything brown and adds ashen flecks.  Anyways, although always tasty, I have never made a pretty stir fry.  Today however, I nailed it.  The broccoli was the perfect colour, the purple cabbage stayed crunchy and didn’t turn everything else red and the onions did not in any way burn or overcook.  Add to it that the sauce did not overpower the rest, either visually or taste wise and it was perfect.

As the plate provided a fairly reasonable white balance, even under artificial light, it didn’t need much in the way of tweaking, just upping the brightness and saturation a smidge.  So here is my triumph, a pretty udon noodle dish right out of a cook book.

a perfect stir fried noodle at last - karen from earth harvest cafe, Meaford
A pretty dish of noodles makes for a tasty triumph.

Little treasures

Finally getting up exercise 16, treasures.  Took a pile of shots of my youngest’s Lego creations in a number of locations and a number of angles.  None of which looked in any way precious.  But then I was playing with yarn scraps in the most glorious jewel colours, and making a very sweet pair of fingerless mitts I might add, and there it was.  My treasure.  It’s the little things in life, isn’t it.

I played with framing too, because we enclose our treasures in something usually.

little treasures - knitterwithoutanet
Treasures are usually the little things, not the big ones.


Edges – biscotti slices

Onto exercise eighteen, edges and alignment.  And as I was decorating my many slices of biscotti (made with fennel seeds, I was experimenting with more than photography this week and very successfully I would like to add) it seemed to me that I had a nice grouping of edges to align.  I moved my board near a window and took a bunch of shots at a bunch of different angles and this is what I ended up with.  Quite a nice composition I think.  Didn’t take much tweaking as far as angles go.  Although I am afraid I aligned my biscuits with the corners, not an outer edge, but it seemed much more dynamic that way.  Baking lined up squarely can be a bit boring.

chai tea biscotti slices - earth harvest cafe, Meaford
I cheated a bit by aligning these biscotti with the corners, not an edge.

Now to decide what to call my newest creations.

Seeing double

Well, as I was posting my glass photo and pondering what to do about doubles as that sounded like a simple enough thing to set up for a hoarder like myself, what do I see but my son on TWO screens.  We are forever trying to get him off those things and there he is with two.  Honestly!

I played a bit with rotation and so I am putting up two different versions.  Doubles!

The first shot is actually my second more extreme rotation and the second was my first, more conservative rotation.

2 screens, rotated - Elizabeth Lavenza blo
An extreme rotation putting me in mind of graphic novels and film noir.

seeing double - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
This one I just moved slightly and is more staid

Assignment 17 – glass shot

Last week of photo101 and suddenly I am way behind and, once again, out of order.  I did manage to take a bunch of glass shots at work the other say so here is assignment seventeen.  A photo done of or through a milk frother.  I enjoy what the lettering does around the glass.

milk frother - earth harvest cafe
Lettering goes both directions on a glass beaker.

Time for a landscape. Or two.

So time to get to that landscape assignment.

Yesterday was, of course, the day I went off to capture such a thing and then found all sorts of other marvelous images.  I did get a landscape too though, cropped it and got it ready, but thought I would post it next day as three posts in one day seemed excessive.  Well, I am ever so pleased that I waited, as the ice from Thursday night’s storm is still encasing things and on my way to work what do I see, but the most beautiful glass, almost gold, sailboats.  Quality-wise, the picture may not be the best as the boats are stored across the harbour and I had to crop quite a bit off to get them to really stand out.  I am happy all the same.

glass boats in Meaford after the ice storm - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
Ice turns the masts and rigging on stored boats into golden hued glass in the morning light.


And here is my original landscape taken at the bottom of my street.  I am actually very proud of this one as I do not usually take good landscape shots.  I find they’re usually anaemic and, well, dinky, when they should be impressive and grand.  This one though I think gives an idea of expanse.  Making it extra long helps.  And I like the way the truck anchors it in the one side.

Georgian Bay after ice storm - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
The Georgian Bay after the ice storm.


Small and precious – a photo on scale

As I mentioned previously, we are post ice-storm and I have been on the hunt for images.  And while looking at big things accidentally came across the most magical small things.  Some iced over weeds in a vacant lot taken from foot-level look majestic in front of some distant homes.

I am very pleased in that marvelous surprised way when things really and truly work.

ice and plant - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
Ice makes even the most mundane objects magical.

Ice and a pop of colour

Here it is Good Friday, so I have a day off and some time to catch up on my Photo101.  And it’s just after an ice storm so I have been having a lot of fun wandering about taking shots of ice, most not very successfully, but you just need a few, right.  Ice is a very tricky thing once it’s a little distance away.

So here is my colour pop photo.  I was actually wondering to the bottom of my street to take some landscape shots of the Georgian Bay when I saw this yellow wire cover.  Actually, I saw a red hydrant first, but it wasn’t doing it for me and then there was this glimpse of yellow amongst the bushes across the street.

yellow pop in ice and trees - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
Some man-made yellow peeks out from wood

Monochrome Exercise – because a machine is architecture too

Thought I would try to get another exercise done so here is my monochrome piece.  Only one behind now.   Of course the photo was taken at work.  I figure a cappuccino machine is an architectural piece, it’s an Italian machine after all.

I put the colour shot in as well, as it’s pretty much monochrome too with all that stainless steel.

coffee and gaggia - Earth Harvest Cafe
Pulling coffees with a great machine.

monochrome - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
Monochrome isn’t necessarily just black and white.

Motion and tumbling blocks

Well up goes today’s assignment, ahead of the last two, but I am plugging away.

Today I am putting up two shots of my son playing tumbling blocks and that dreaded moment when all your blocks come down.  The first shot shows the blurred actual tumble, but then looking over all my pictures of the enterprise, it seemed to me the second shot implied as much motion as the first showed, with the blurred hand in the corner and the terrible aftermath.  We all know that horrible moment when your tower collapses on you.  Or maybe the two pictures together complete the action.

Anyways, here they are.

tumbling blocks - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
Oh no! Down they come.

aftermath - Elizabeth Lavenza blog
And the sad aftermath.