• Back Online! From The Micro to the Macro

    Hello everyone. You’ll have to excuse the website being down for the past few months.  A few financial issues, and the general ineptitude of my hosting company led to a mixup, and a large amount of frustration on my side. But I’m back, and have some interesting plans for new content. I’ll be posting more about two fields of photography I find most interesting, Macro Photography, and Astrophotography. I will be posting tutorials on how to create photos of the incredibly small, to the unfathomably large. I hope to share my passion for finding new ways to highlight and observe the world around us through photography.

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  • Long exposure photography, with a programmable LED strip

    Yet another new photography project, I think I have the photographical equivalent of ADD. I am very pleased with the outcome of this new (to me) technique. I bought this LED strip from Amazon, which at $15 is amazingly affordable! It changes every color of the spectrum, and is completely programmable. You can do fades, quick switches between colors, anything you can imagine. The difficulty in this technique comes with finding a suitable portable power source capable of supplying enough juice to run it (12v 6amps). Luckily I had the powertank from my telescope which met the specifications. So now you have 20+ feet of wiring, and 10+ feet of extraneous LED strip that is super bright. I put on a down jacket and stuffed all the extra wiring inside, haveing the battery come out the bottom of my jacket, and 5 feet of the LED strip out of my sleeve. Now it was just a matter of experimenting with different iterations of running around swinging it around wildly until the results looked good. There is a lot more to be done with this. It’s fun and also pretty good exercise! haha

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  • ต้มข่าไก่ (Tom Kha Gai). Sour and Spicy Thai Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken

     ต้มข่าไก่ (Tom Kha Gai) is a popular coconut milk based soup in Thailand and Laos, and one of my favorite Thai dishes. The Lao version uses dill instead of cilantro (coriander), which makes an interesting difference. I stuck with cilantro (coriander) for this recipe. The combination of savory, spicy and sour is just perfect. It uses ingredients that may be difficult to find in some places, so I have included substitutions in the recipe below. Once you have the ingredients it is unbelievably simple to make!

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    ต้มข่าไก่ (Tom Kha Gai).
    Serves 3
    Sour, Spicy Coconut Milk and Chicken Soup
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    1 hr 10 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    1 hr 10 min
    1077 calories
    24 g
    24 g
    108 g
    15 g
    34 g
    431 g
    678 g
    9 g
    1 g
    69 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    431g
    Servings
    3
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 1077
    Calories from Fat 942
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 108g
    167%
    Saturated Fat 34g
    169%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
    Monounsaturated Fat 56g
    Cholesterol 24mg
    8%
    Sodium 678mg
    28%
    Total Carbohydrates 24g
    8%
    Dietary Fiber 4g
    14%
    Sugars 9g
    Protein 15g
    Vitamin A
    26%
    Vitamin C
    376%
    Calcium
    8%
    Iron
    38%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. 1 large chicken breast, or 2 large legs, deboned, thinly sliced
    2. 1 bunch enoki or straw mushrooms
    3. 1 16oz can coconut milk (Chao Koh brand is best)
    4. 1 box chicken broth
    5. 2 T sugar
    6. 4T fish sauce (soy sauce can be substituted)
    7. juice of 3-4 limes
    8. 1/2 handful cilantro (with stems)
    9. 1/2 thumb sized piece galangal (ginger can be substituted)
    10. 1 stalk lemongrass, bottom part only crushed well (lime zest can be substituted)
    11. 5-6 kaffir lime leaves (more lime zest can be substituted)
    12. 1-10 thai chiles depending on spice tolerance (10 will be atomic!)
    13. Optional (for chili oil garnish)
    14. 1 cup flavor neutral oil
    15. 1 handful dried red chilis
    Instructions
    1. Add coconut milk and chicken broth to pot, bring to boil.
    2. Add all ingredients except lime juice and chicken.
    3. Allow to simmer, for 1-3 hours, longer is better.
    4. Strain out and discard all ingredients.
    5. Test for seasoning, if not salty enough, add more fish sauce
    6. bring back to boil, add sliced chicken
    7. finish with lime juice (be liberal, it is the key to the dish)
    8. add mushrooms in last 5 minutes of cooking
    9. Optional
    10. blend oil and dried chilis very well on high setting
    11. strain well (through cloth if possible)
    12. Serve with plain jasmine rice, garnish with chili oil and cilantro leaves
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    calories
    1077
    fat
    108g
    protein
    15g
    carbs
    24g
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  • First Steps Towards a Studio.

    I was recently contracted to do some recipe development and food photography for Olive Oil Lovers, an importer and retailer of fine olive oils from all over the world. I figured it was time to invest in some high quality lighting. I ended up choosing the PBL studio QL1000 softbox kit. I must say I am very impressed with the quality of these lights. I am definitely no expert, but they are very sturdy and well built, completely dimmable, and produce more than enough light to shoot handheld at up to F16 while remaining below ISO 200, which makes them perfect for my food photography needs.

    The setup, in my tiny apartment.

    Here is a gallery of my first images using the light kit. I still have a lot to learn, but I am very excited about exploring this whole new facet of photography. This a beet green and goat cheese chicken roulade, wrapped in prosciutto. Served with a squash pesto, potato fondant, and pickled radish.

     

  • Medium Rare Photography, my food photography business, is launching soon!

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    Hi everyone. Just wanted to give an update on my constantly evolving photographical endeavors. I have been researching, website building, and preparing to launch a local business to offer food photography services to restaurants , cookbook publishers, and caterers. I still need a few things (mainly lighting equipment) before I start trying to attract clients. In the meantime, check out the website @ www.mediumrarephotography.com I learned a  ton making this website, and it took many hours, but it is finally presentable.

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  • Photography Prints Now For Sale Worldwide

    Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I have a selection of astrophotography prints available for sale on etsy.com. I assure you I am not making more than a few dollars on these , as they are quite expensive to have made. Please have a browse, and if you like it consider springing for a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! 

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/Astralimages?ele=shop_open

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  • Time Lapse Photography At Goat Rock

     Time Lapse photography has always interested me. It is something that takes supreme patience. I always try to bring a book when I do these types of shoots. 

    This video is comprised of about 1400 photos, taken over the course of an afternoon and evening. I used a mirror to create what I’m calling a “portal effect” which I really like and want to experiment more with.

     

  • Milky Way Photography on the Sonoma Coast

    On the most recent new moon I made a late drive to the Sonoma Coast near Jenner California to do some long exposure photography of the Milky Way. The results were better than I had expected and I am really proud of the photos. I have ordered a print of the panorama, and can’t wait to have it hanging on my wall!

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  • The BET (Bacon Egg Tomato) Breakfast Sandwich

     After an early morning photography drive through the Napa Valley

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    I was ready to cook a substantial and tasty breakfast. This is by no means a fancy recipe, but it was absolutely delicious, and photographed very well! Try it out for brunch sometime

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    BET Breakfast Sandwich
    Serves 1
    Poached eggs and bacon, on sourdough with tomato and fresh dill.
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    819 calories
    80 g
    437 g
    36 g
    44 g
    14 g
    403 g
    1921 g
    7 g
    0 g
    18 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    403g
    Servings
    1
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 819
    Calories from Fat 321
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 36g
    55%
    Saturated Fat 14g
    70%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
    Monounsaturated Fat 13g
    Cholesterol 437mg
    146%
    Sodium 1921mg
    80%
    Total Carbohydrates 80g
    27%
    Dietary Fiber 5g
    21%
    Sugars 7g
    Protein 44g
    Vitamin A
    37%
    Vitamin C
    29%
    Calcium
    14%
    Iron
    42%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. 1 ripe vine tomato
    2. 5 strips bacon
    3. 2 eggs
    4. 2 large slices sourdough bread
    5. 2 T butter
    6. fresh dill
    7. salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a simmer
    2. fry bacon to desired crispness
    3. Slice tomatoes
    4. pan fry sliced sourdough with butter in a pan on medium high heat
    5. swirl the simmering water with a large spoon to create a whirlpool
    6. drop eggs one at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes until whites solidify
    7. Remove with a slotted spoon and season with salt an pepper
    8. Arrange as pictured and top with chopped dill
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    calories
    819
    fat
    36g
    protein
    44g
    carbs
    80g
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