Anyone want another round of confessions?! Lets play 🙂
confession: there are no words to express how awful i have been about keeping up with my recipe pages. i updated them a little bit today, but i’ve missed too many to hunt them down. you all have my permission to throw whatever it was that i’ve missed in my face.
confession: i don’t think there is any nut/seed butter better than creamy sunflower seed butter. another confession? i think i prefer full circle brand the best of all – even beating out trader joe’s! how did that happen?!
The oats this morning:
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- 1/8 c. peppy kernels
- 1/2 T. chia seeds
- trail power
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- lots of cinnamon
mixed in a spoonful of greek yogurt and a splash more almond milk in the morning, and then topped with:
- honey roasted cashews
- galaxy granola – not so sweet vanilla
- ginger preserves
- maple syrup
- full circle creamy sunflower seed butter
- and a chopped nectarine – first nuked with some golden raisins, a splash of almond milk, and some maple syrup.
confession: i was really sad to see that almost all of the good berries are already gone 😦 additionally? i don’t think i’ve met my berry fill for the summer, and will probably just seek out the next patch 😉
confession: i splurged on an iced coffee from dunkin today while i was waiting for my mom to finish work – and was instantly reminded why green mountain is so much better. how did i ever have the money to have at the very least one-two of those babies a day?!
confession: by the time we got home from the barn it was 2:15 and starved!
additionally? i am ridiculously proud and in love with my pony.
confession: i’m always planning in advance – and half my bread was reserved for “dessert.”
confession: i totally neglected and forgot about this portabella cap for over a week. tonight was do or die.
to marinate the cap:
- 1/8 c. balsamic vinegar
- drizzle honey
- sweet curry powder
for the honey curry sauce:
- 2 T. greek yogurt
- drizzle honey
- sweet curry powder
- diced red pepper
confession: i’ve been loving my desserts lately, and yet strangely – i’m still not photographing them. just imagine peanut-butter banana bran muffins, coconut gelato, and strawberries.
confession: the white balance setting on your camera is definitely something you should acquaint yourself with.
Yep – today’s spiel is all about white balance! Or, color tone, temperature, etc etc etc.
I hear lots of apologies for lighting, color, etc – but with a simple click of a button – all that can be changed! While there may not be a cure-all (some lighting like fluorescent is just plain tough!) there are some things to keep in mind.
As you all well know – different lights have different temperatures. Different color temperatures/lights read differently to our cameras. Direct sunlight is surprisingly blue (cool) while fluorescents cast a yellow (warm) hue, even if these tones aren’t so obvious to our direct eye. And so, in order to not take photos of people that look shockingly similar to smurfs, or on the other hand, photos that make someone look like they accidentally fell asleep for a couple hours in the tanning booth – we must properly set our white balance.
most cameras today allow you to do this yourself – though often, not if you’re shooting in auto. i can’t speak for all, of course – but if you shoot in manual or at least the ap or shutter priority more or the “P” mode (for program) you will have much more control, and in turn – much better photos. i’d recommend beginning in program mode if you’re still grasping the concept of shutter speed and aperture, or don’t necessarily care to learn. you can still change your ISO, white balance, and other essential components in this mode.
auto, however – gives you no control.
so – what do you set your camera to? well – that depends what you’re shooting and under what conditions! some cameras give you more control than others – but with my d40, i have nine options. auto, fluorescent, tungsten, sunny day, flash, cloudy day, shade, and pre-set. While the pre-set is incredibly helpful in most circumstances (you photograph a sheet of blank white paper and tell the camera that that is white – do whatever you need to do to make it so) i didn’t much bother with it in this experiment. mainly because i’m not going to start photographing white paper before each thing i eat.
so first, lets take a peek at a nectarine, shot under the same conditions and with the same settings, changing only the white balance.
obviously – a large part of this is also personal preference, and also note that monitor calibration is extremely important when it comes to color correcting an image. that being said – i prefer images warmer to cooler. warmth is inviting to humans naturally, and our skin tones also tend to be warmer rather than cooler. (unless you’re on the verge of hypothermia, in which i suggest you get to the E.R.)
i personally tend to leave my camera on the cloudy day setting, and may ocassionally tweak a hair in photoshop. (note that none of these were, other than resizing and adding a border) however – photoshop is not the cure-all. if you shoot in a fluorescent/incandescent situation, you will probably end up with a very yellow image. photoshop can rarely fix that and leave it looking great – so don’t leave it for photoshop. Simply shoot it right the first time! Change your camera to whatever lighting situation you’re shooting in, and you will have far better results. promise!
edit to add: even if you don’t have a “fancy camera,” you may have more options and settings than you realize! my adice is to just play. experiment! see what works, and what doesn’t. for instance, even if your camera doesn’t offer you an obvious choice for white balance, you probably have settings for indoor, outdoor, flash, landscape, etc. this is sort of a more user-friendly, snap-and-go way of setting the white balance and iso for you, without sounding so complicated.
p.s. send me your bulgar recipes for the B.S.I! you have until midnight :]