A little experimentation

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broccoli and goat cheese stuffed in a chicken breast with lemon sauce.

I was lucky enough to finally buy a lens that I have been lusting after for a couple of years. Almost my photo photog friends all use it, and they laughed at me and teased me for not having one (just kidding). I bought the Tamron Micro 90mm DI. So far, it is pretty spectacular, but is a bit more difficult for me to master after using my nice 17-55 wide angle.

It;s very cool and I can finally shoot what my friend Dave calls (the shot in the shot, look for him on “the Taste” one of these seasons, he’s a brilliant chef and photog). Before, I used to have to crop to get that tight a shot. Which very often made it unusable as a stock photo since it would be too small.

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Winter is coming – time for comfort food!

home made bread and yummy squash soup

home made bread and yummy squash soup

I have no idea if the phrase is copy written yet, but it fits. Its fall now. Its time for savoury and filling dishes that remind me of home. I grew up in rural (very rural!) Nova Scotia.

Fall was time for putting things away, fixing up the small house we lived in for winter, hunting season and cooking stuff that could sit on a wood stove all weekend, staying warm and ready for coming inside on a cold, wet day.

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Turkey pot pie

_DSC7183Up here in Canada we do Thanksgiving in October. It’s the perfect time for a fall holiday and traditionally, turkey is representative of thanksgiving. I like it because we don’t celebrate any religious holidays really, and thanksgiving is more in line with sharing, giving, etc instead of all the retail madness associated these days with holidays.

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A word about ethics

Stk_081224_1594What could there possibly be to write about when it comes to stock photography and ethics? I mean really, we are all creative. Ethics should be a concern for people who deal with money, or confidential information, or something…

A lot of stock shooters, when starting out, use friends and families for modelling. candid shots that came out nicely can often sell very well. But there are pitfalls and caveats to working this way. Stock agencies are, for the most part, purely software run, where a human eyeball very often does not enter into the equation when a buyer is perusing the library or buying a photo. Sometimes, it is up to the photographer to police their work online, to ensure their photos are not used inappropriately.

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