I’ve been playing around with my food lately. Pun intended sorry that was in poor taste.

The focus isn’t right in either shot, and the colors aren’t quite right either. To me, they have this odd yellow/green tinge to them. Mind you the meat isn’t bad in any way. Maybe my cooking is, but not the meat.

The lighting could be better, but it is literally just the light from the fluorescent kitchen light.  But both in the camera and in editing this was taken care of. I guess I should also note I’m trying to really push myself technically now and do as little editing as possible. Shoot it in the camera and skip editing. Though I do shoot in a raw format which allows relatively natural edits, such as exposure and color balancing that you can do in the camera in an editor tool.

I’d like to note that I’m really trying to focus on some of my more technical work, and do a lot of, if not everything in camera instead of doing a bunch of editing in the digital darkroom. Even then I’m restricting myself to the basic adjustments that one can do inside of camera raw.

A friend of mine suggested that I stop playing it safe and go to a butcher shop or somewhere else outside my kitchen and get the real gross and nitty gritty side of food.

This post was originally published on my photo-blog, which I have decided to discontinue and bring over to this, my main blog.

Home, Life, Uncategorized

Starting Over In Washington

I wrote this post some five months ago in August. However, it never felt right and it sat unfinished with a dozen other post in my drafts folder. But with a new year I thought I’d publish it, as it felt better now, it felt right. Especially thanks to a lot of help from some family during some hard times that my girlfriend & I fell into. I threw in some new stuff, which I bolded for reference.

We’re in Washington, finally. Free of the hustle and bustle, and crazy pricing of apartments that is California, namely the Sacramento and SF Bay areas. Already we’ve taken a breath and have been able to relax a bit as we weren’t big fans of living in California. Now it’s time to settle down and start our new lives in a new place.

In a way we are starting over, mind you we still have all our stuff. But it’s like moving out of your parent’s house for the first, and hopefully the only time. You’re in the real world, somewhere that is somehow strange and new to you, even if you know where you’re at.

We’ve actually been here for some time now, but we had some hang ups with our move, then the apartment, and well let’s just say that the move itself, sucked. But it’s over now and we are all settled into our 1-bed room apartment, with our bad cat.

While my job is the same, I’m at a new store with a new team. One that we are finally starting to find our swing with, long story short there our store is huge and it’s far harder to maintain than the store I came from… Now I’m at a store that is some 10,000 square feet, versus a store that may have been 4,000 square feet.

I’ll say that the new job location has been a hell of a challenge, as the sales floor is larger and thus harder to manage, more product, and we have people who constantly try to steal. Which if I never mentioned it before, I work for a shoe company, and you’d be surprised how often people try to, or do, steal from shoe stores.

I will say that we downsized to our apartment and it was a bit of a chore to find a place for everything and somethings wound up in our patio storage room. But all things said and done Washington was the right move and maybe we can start a real life here.

What’s next?

Technology, Uncategorized

Another Software Update!

When it comes to technology I’ve never really feared change. Sometimes I didn’t agree with it or perhaps it did give me a moment of pause. But I’ve never feared it. This was true when Adobe announced their newest business model with the launch of Creative Cloud. Which allowed you to pay for your programs on a monthly or annual basis and you received regular updates. Continue reading