Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Ramblings

Santa came a little early this year:

I might have jumped up and down a few times when Paul walked in the door with a perfectly-shaped box.  I tried to keep calm.  But I couldn’t.  He told me to open it and then took it back, placed it under the tree and then I opened it and sat on the couch where where we snapped photos of everything in our house…including Emma!  She says “Merry Christmas, friends!”  She might have been sick of us by this point in the night.

I can’t wait for some daylight to get to play with our new toy.  For now I’m reading this brilliant book about food photography and styling.  Have you read it?  What’s your #1 food photography or dSLR tip?

I finally got a doughnut pan, friends. I went straight to Amazon.com after my visit from the Fairy Hobmother and her Amazon.com gift card.  It arrived Monday and I’ve been just staring at it…what kind of doughnut should I make?  And can we please change the spelling to donut?  It’s so much easier to type that way, am I right?!

I finally got one of these, too:

(Photo credit: Amazon.com) Do you have one?  You need one, it’s the coolest thing. Pour in olive oil, pump and spray…genius, I’m telling you!

One last thought today, I loved this: (Source)

So happy and blessed to be living this life…every.single.day.

 

28 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings”

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 7, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    That is the same camera I got just a couple weeks ago. If you scan through my posts and pictures from the last few weeks you will notice a huge difference!! I love it and have learned so much and am still learning. If you want any tips and/or advice let me know. This one thing that I have been learning lately is is all about white balance and shooting in camera raw format.

    Cassie – what a great present. You will love it!!!

    • Cassie replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 9:24 am

      Thanks Steve, I love it already! I already have it in Manual mode but haven’t switched to RAW yet. Do you edit with Photoshop?

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    Victoria — December 7, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    shoot with the aperture as wide as possible. and buy yourself a 50mm lens.

    AND I can’t believe that you got a donut pan. I’ve been joking about needing one. Or not joking. You’ll have to tell me about it at church after you try it!

    FINALLY you got a misto? I want one.

    I’m thinking we’re going to be good blog and church friends just by this post.

    • Cassie replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 9:26 am

      I agree with you! I can’t wait to use the donut pan…just can’t decide what to make. I’ll bring you some samples.

      Thanks for the aperture advice…your photos are beautiful. I can’t wait to just get out and photograph more!

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    Victoria — December 7, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Also – been shooting in Raw and trying to self teach how to edit in Lightroom. 30 day trial was great and I think I’m hooked as a faster way to edit and use my photos. I might try raw in photoshop just for the comparison.s

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 7, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    you can set up a custom white balance on the camera that works for every picture you take, but I found I prefered to do it on my computer. Now, I am speaking from my situation. I do most of my photos once my kids have gone to bed so outside doesn’t work. Therefore, my light option is incandescent light – so not the best as it creates a yellow hue.

    I edit the white balance (temperature, tint, exposure, etc.) in Adobe Lightroom. I am also hooked on it. It allows you to have 2 pictures side by side and compare the levels. I love that feature. Then it saves it as a jpg for blog posting.

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    Bev Weidner — December 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Wa-hooooo!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 7, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    YESSSS! I was so happy when I saw that picture on Twitter last night!! So so happy for you 🙂 you’re going to love love it! I apparently like repeating words..anyway. Let me know if you need any help with figuring out stuff or if you need suggestions on great books to read about exposure or a more in-depth book on getting to know your camera (the manual doesn’t do it justice). Also, since we’re food bloggers, you should pick up “Plate to Pixel” by the Helene of Tartelette Blog 🙂 I’m about to order it on Amazon — maybe it’ll help out my food photography! One last note — make that lightbox this weekend if you have time 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — December 7th, 2011 @ 10:13 am

      That’s the book I’m reading…received it in the mail on Monday…great so far!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 7, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Congrats on the new camera! Yay early Christmas 🙂

  8. #
    Kathryn — December 7, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Yay for such an exciting day!!

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    Aggie — December 7, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Yay! Congrats on the camera! you will have so much fun with it! that’s the one I use, I think, and I got it for a Hanukkah gift a couple of years ago. 🙂

    I love love love your last thought. 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 7, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Congrats on the new camera!!! Wish I had advice, but I need to learn how to use mine better!
    I NEED a donut pan!!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 7, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    Aw, Congrats on the camera! You must be so excited. I have a Nikon but my mom has the Rebel and its a great camera! Can’t wait to see what you whip up with your donut pan! I got one a few weeks ago and Bed Bath and Beyond so I’m ready to start baking donuts! 🙂

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 7, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    That is AWESOME! Yeah for you! I can’t wait to see the pictures!

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    Ann — December 7, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Congratulations! I know you’ve got to be beside yourself with joy! I’m determined to wait until my blog is a year old before I upgrade my camera! I keep telling myself…every. single. day! Merry Christmas!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 8, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    all great reasons to jump up and down, YIPPEE.
    tips on camera, well…I’m no expert 🙂 but feel free to ask me anything if you think I know the answer I will certainly share. ( I have the T1i.
    I love my donut pans (I have the mini and the regular size) they are fun. I spell it the easy way 🙂

  15. #
    Lauren — December 8, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    YAAAAAAY!!!

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    Liz — December 8, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    Hooray for your early Christmas present! That’s my camera, too! And Emma is beautiful…gorgeous eyes.

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — December 8, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Congrats on the new camera! My #1 tip would be to shoot tethered.

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    carly {carlyklock} — December 8, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    omg omg omg – so excited for you!!!

    please make your pics larger once you start using that bad boy. i want to see every last detail.

    Merry Christmas, dear!

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    Amanda — December 8, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    I love my misto. I want another one for flavored olive oil.

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    sarah — December 8, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    Yay! I love my rebel! And my donut pan. And that is absolutely the correct spelling : )

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    Shannon — December 9, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Ahhh congrats on your new toy Cassie! I use a Rebel too and love it, I can’t live without my macro lens though. It took lots of trial and error for me to figure mine out. Let me know if you have any questions about it!

    • Cassie replied: — December 9th, 2011 @ 8:14 am

      Thanks Shannon! Do you have a 100mm macro? I think my first lens upgrade will be a 50mm but after that a macro will be a must!

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    Shannon — December 9, 2011 @ 10:09 am

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