Love the train shot Blackviolet ... wonderful, but I hope you didn't try and catch that one Good standard this week
Ok, mine is a funny one because I decided to take the theme of 'travel/somewhere new' as a metaphor and incorporate several different 'journeys'. I'm on a long weekend off so nice to have time to chill and play for a change!!
First I wanted to experiment with my new tripod, also with flash (which I very rarely use), with a couple of my ultra cheap classic lenses that rarely get a run out, with a totally different type of shooting that I never do (almost still life!!) with a new approach to sharpening and finally ... with a new way of cooking Risotto
I had a great time and learnt quite a bit. First, how once you crack manual exposure then with camera on a tripod almost every shot can be a keeper (tho' a tad trickier with MF lenses, esp. in a steamy kitchen!) Second, it's a mistake to add a pinch of dried herbs to a perfect Risotto just to get a visual effect. Third, how bl**dy hard it is to shoot still life type stuff!! There is so much detail there, shadow and light, and so many chances to screw up. It's a bit like Macro
Anyway, first shot is with my amazing £6.00 Helios 58mm f2.0 and second two with my £50 Pentax SMC 50mm 1.4 and always using manual everything.
Here are the basic ingredients. Rice, stock, olive oil and butter are less photogenic so I passed on shooting them.
Here we have everything simmering away nicely.
Finally we have the finished meal which was very nice indeed - 8/10
I often eat out so actually cooking properly with ingredients was also something rediscovered. A good Risotto should be moist but with a tiny crunch still left in the rice. This is almost perfect apart from the slivers of cheese melted too quick on top. I am pretty good at cooking but usually too lazy these days.