Speedlight and 50mm Lens

smitten kitchen is one of my favorite food blogs not only because of the tasty recipes and creative writing but also the fabulous pictures. I’ve always wondered how I can take pictures as good as Deb’s. I’ve taken classes but it seems too much work for me to lug a DLSR around with all the accessories. One day, as I was reading the latest entry, I stumbled upon the FAQ page where they described their approach to food photos. Then it slowly came back to me – I already  have most of the equipment listed here. A few years ago when I decided I was going to be a “photographer” and started javafoto, I bought all kinds of camera accessories. I quickly lost interest since then. 

Today, I wiped the dust off and took my SB-600 speedlight and Nikkor 50mm lens combination for a test run with our recently purchased Nikon D90. It is another overcast day here but I angled the speedlight towards the ceiling and I was pleasantly surprised! Now all I need is a good tripod 😉

Note: These photos were not edited – which explains why the tomatoes look orange or I just need more practice…

The most beautiful bunch of carrots I have ever seen and it is from our garden!

The most beautiful bunch of carrots I have ever seen and it is from our garden!

Lunch today was seafood combination from Jin Wah (Beaverton)

Lunch today was seafood combination from Jin Wah (Beaverton)

Last tomato harvest of the season

We are still harvesting tomatoes. Some of our campari plants are sheltered by the patio roof so I think they will survive a couple more weeks of cold air.

Home-made avocado gelato - best when it is just starting to melt

Home-made avocado gelato - best when it is just starting to melt

Ingredients:

2 cups organic whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup organic sugar
2 cups avocado puree
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix everything in a blender then churn in an ice-cream maker.
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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the 50mm! Makes me feel like I’m a much better photographer than I actually am. 🙂

  2. Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Me too! That’s all I am going to use now unless we are traveling.

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