Local Heart, Global Soul

February 16, 2013

Still Life… Work in Progress…

Filed under: ART,attempting Still Life,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m still getting to grips with my DSLR camera and on the few occasions when I actually get around to experimenting, I am reminded of how far I down the learning curve I still am.

I’m not much further with getting the focus right and composition isn’t yet a strong point, although I am trying a few new angles now and again.

Last summer when apricots happened for a change to taste as good as they looked and were also a  reasonable price  (apricot facts that in my experience can not just be taken for granted here in Europe as they can in New Zealand) I sent Himself on a shopping mission and he came back with about five kilo’s of  apricots, most of which ended up as pie filling which was duly stashed in my freezer.

These apricots were very photogenic, and intrigued as I am about light and Dutch Old Masters, I thought at the time that I’d attempt an Old Master style composition of my own.

Work in progress… next time I will use the tripod and change the background by rigging up something more interesting, but it was at last an attempt. Still Life with Apricots…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 29, 2012

Savouries and Goodies to Take Home…

Filed under: FOOD,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Reviews,Specialty — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and the kids have been very patient out the front of the bakery as they wait for me to complete my tour…

I watch as other savouries: sausage rolls, pasties and the like are sorted out the back and then make my way to the front counter to buy some goodies to take back with us.

Celia has a surprise for me… a gift box with four raspberry buns and some apricot pies!  Wow,  talk about “the icing on the cake”!  To say I’m delighted with our  unexpected gift is an understatement.  Fantastic!  Thank You so much Celia!!!

I’m also clutching the address of the place where I can buy pie forms to bring back to The Netherlands…  this visit has exceeded my expectations on so many levels  that it’s made my day.

The only shock has been walking back to the van parked just a short distance down the street and seeing so many gaps where buildings used to be. Before I got into the car I looked around, closed my eyes for a moment and tried to remember what  used to be in the gaps, with some I succeed but with others I draw a blank. It’s good to see other businesses here open though… and  people, the whole area is busy with people.

No matter what life (or Mother Nature) throws at you,  the owners and staff of Sydenham Bakery and all the other local businesses here  prove that they are resilient and with support from locals they are willing to pick up the pieces and get back to normal as much as possible.

One thing I’m certain about too… once fortified by a pie and a raspberry bun, you feel like you can take on the world.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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