Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
This afternoon our friends Ramin and Mallory invited us over to their home (and lovely back garden) for a barbecue, Persian style. We had rice, kebabs, and delicious grilled veggies, followed by fruit and ice cream, and excellent company to go along with it all (including a brief appearance by a caped crusader).
I attempted to take advantage of the smoking coals on the barbecue to experiment with these techniques for shooting smoke described by Photocritic, but having forgotten some of the key tips, I had limited success (even shooting at a shutter speed of 1/650).
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Was I really browsing in Two for the Pot on Clinton Street, or did I mistakenly tap a brick behind The Leaky Cauldron (three up, two across) and wander into Diagon Alley? With offerings like these, it's hard to be sure.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Last night we took advantage of the lovely spring weather to take a walk around the neighborhood. We ended up at Uncommon Grounds, a new coffee shop down the street, for drinks. Tea and root beer were our beverages of choice. I will not bother with a review of the place as this is not that sort of blog, and it has already been done here by a far more adept blogger than I, but it was a great spot for shooting some odd items. That worked out perfectly as I was experimenting with the manual settings on my camera (largely uncharted territory thus far). This spooky deer lamp was my favorite curiosity.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
They opened the fire hydrant in front of our building the other day to respond to a fire across the street. The plastic sheet protected passersby (and their cameras) from getting an unexpected shower.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sounds like a word for a lion who is looking particularly smart, but apparently the name comes from Old French for "lion's tooth." This one was just barely hanging onto its wispy seeds on a breezy day in the Bronx.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
When spring finally arrived in Brooklyn Heights it moved pretty quickly. The magnolia tree in front of St. Ann's church on Montague St. went through this turnaround in less than three weeks.
Monday, May 7, 2007
It's worth braving the smell (which, believe me, is considerable) to see the ancient leather tanneries of Fes, where methods developed centuries ago are still used today. Just in case, bring along a handful of mint to sniff.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Taste: Chicken with preserved lemons and olives--delicious!
Presentation: Served in a tagine; conical lid lifted with a flourish just prior to serving.
Originality: In Morocco it is not too original, but in Brooklyn it rather will be.