Where have I been! Well, I've been away for a while and would like to explain where I have been since you last heard from me. There have been no posts from my blog in well, months, and maybe ages and I apologize! When starting this post I had to refresh myself on the updates on WordPress and approve the many comments that I have received. For the past couple of months I have been very busy at Mckendricks and also out to conquer my fears and lack of understanding of photography. I finished a photography class at Showcase School of Photography, Digital 101, in late October and then headed out to take pictures of everything and anything. My instructor Vino Wong, just a wonderful person and photographer that works for the AJC and a teacher at Showcase School of Photography, has been a great influence on my photography. He taught me how to look for light and how to get in closer to my subject. I have mastered the controls of my camera and can now focus on lighting and composition. I recently joined a meet up group on Meetup.com called Decatur Digital Photography. The group meets up at different locations about once a week. Last week we went to the Atlanta Humane Society to take pictures of their dogs, puppies and cats. Great trip, met a lot of nice photographers and all of us were able to upload and display our photographs on their website and compare notes!
Our next meet up was at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. About 40 amateur photographers attended. I left early in the morning for the two hour drive south of Atlanta. I wanted to leave early to try to catch some early morning sun and I think my timing was perfect!
There are a couple of lakes on the grounds and I tried to capture part of the water and tree's in the background along with the dead grass!
This was a test shot. I wanted to see if my camera settings would be able capture what I see, the beautiful sun glistening off the water!
The morning was very chilly and as I walked the grounds I found a small stream with a bridge for the walk way! As I turned around I saw this lonely pine cone on the walkway. My challenge was setting my depth of field correctly!
The Horticultural center was packed with flowers and other items to take pictures of and practice. I tried to use the light and as I was taking this picture a lady came up to me and tried to explain to me that I need to take the picture in the shade and not the sun. I was perplexed by her comment and showed her my picture!
Some strange flowers, again use of light!
In November I decided to upgrade my camera. I have been looking at the Nikon's and Canon and ended up purchasing the new Cannon 60D. Wow, what a great camera, 18 mega-pixels, high quality ISO, flip out screen, large sensor, I was ready or my first food shot. With Valentines coming up I thought with all the fresh seafood around and my wife's love of seafood, a light fresh seafood dish would be in store.
Simple fresh seafood with a few fresh ingredients from the local market, a nice chilled bottle of crisp, fruity , chilled white wine and a free afternoon I am ready to create a simple dinner for my wife and I!
Whole Roasted Snapper
Snapper 2 1/2 to 3 pounds
1 Myer Lemon, sliced thin
Fresh Parsley Leaves, 1/4 cup
1 Anaheim Pepper, sliced thin
Fresh cracked pepper
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place the Snapper on a piece of parchment paper drizzled with a little olive oil. Season the Snapper with the salt and pepper. Layer the sliced lemons over the fish. Top with peppers and parsley. Drizzle the rest of the olive oil over the fish and season with a little more salt and pepper.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 35-50 minutes.
Serve the bake roasted snapper with Coriander Roasted Organic Baby Carrots .