Archive for September, 2012

Baking frenzy

September 30th, 2012

I’m glad my previous blog entry was useful for some of you! I still have more photography articles planned, one of them being an introduction to lens filters. If you have any requests, I can consider them too :)

Lately I’ve been in a baking mood, maybe because I haven’t been in a while. I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and well… nothing I bake is healthy. At all. It started when I made brownies for friends recently, and now I’m on a quest to find the perfect brownie recipe. I’ve tried 2 already, and while they tasted good, they came out as cake brownies. They’re not the dense kind with chewy edges that I’m looking for. My husband, knowing my love for edge pieces, bought me an all-edges pan last year:

I just need to find the right recipe to use it with. If you know of one, please let me know! I’m eyeing this one by America’s Test Kitchen to try next.

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Saving money in photography

September 19th, 2012

I love having a DSLR, but unfortunately, the world of DSLR photography is super expensive. However, if you’re shooting casually, you really don’t need to spend thousands on pro level equipment. There are less expensive alternatives like…

Inexpensive prime lens
If you’re shooting still life or portraits, you might want to look into prime (non-zoom) lens. Especially if you’re just starting out, I really think you’ll get a bigger bang for your buck with a prime lens than a zoom lens or a more expensive camera. Primes tend to be sharp, fast, and take high quality photos. Several come with f/1.8 versions that are hundreds cheaper than the f/1.4 or f/1.2 versions. For example, I took this photo with a Canon 50mm f/1.8, which costed me only $100.

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September 13th, 2012

It’s raining today, and I totally wasn’t prepared, especially since I wore flip flops to work. Living in Texas, I expect it to be sunny and hot every day from May to October. I get in the habit of not checking the weather ahead of time.

But, there are hints that autumn is coming. Our grass doesn’t grow as fast anymore. Temperatures are below 100F/38C (though it’s still in the 90sF). Our turtles are eating less. I don’t know how our turtles do it since our they’re always indoors, but they just know when the seasons are changing.

Anyway, enough about the weather. How about AnimeFest? I’m finally done posting photos from the Anime cons I went to this year. In past entries, I posted photo previews, but I didn’t update with the full galleries. Here they are! (Newest to oldest.)

AnimeFest – convention photos
San Japan – photoshoots
San Japan – convention photos
Anime Matsuri – photoshoot and convention photos

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