This photo is supposed to convey the feeling of joy and warmth simplicity brings during the holidays. It is also meant to remind folks to savor those moments. But all that sentiment will most likely go out the window as I provide some explanations about this photo.
It’s not always the case that we in Texas will have an early-December ice storm. Some people confuse it for snow. But after a couple failed attempts at flawlessly venturing out into the snow, people soon realize that ice should never be mistaken for snow. I almost fell on my behind at least three times trying to stage this scene. Yes, it is staged. In fact, that isn’t even cocoa. It’s coffee. The story is that I didn’t have enough lactose-free milk to make cocoa, and seeing as though the streets were rock-solid ice blocks, I didn’t want to find myself skidding around the streets to get to the store. So I had to make-believe with my coffee. My hot coffee that turned ice-cold in matter of minutes. But these are secrets about this photo shoot only you readers will know. I think I just made some people feel real special right about now.
Photo details: F-stop: f/8; Exposure time: 1/320s; Max Aperture: 4.2; No flash. Photo effects: Enhanced color of “cocoa” on Photoshop Elements 11.
After applying some more effects, I may use this for my holiday greeting card.
I was invited to attend a night safari with photographers. I learned a few tricks, so–yes–it is something I think others should do. I also felt pretty adventurous, so there’s that component. I don’t think it’s something I would have done a couple years ago. And that makes me smile.
Here is another:
In this one, our instructor outlined an angel figure with a flashlight. Photo Details below.
Photo Details from Top to Bottom:
1. F-stop:f/3.5; Exposure time: 2.5s; ISO-100; Max Aperture: 3.62; used tripod
2. F-stop:f/3.5; Exposure time: 6s; ISO-100; Max Aperture: 3.62; used tripod
3. F-stop:f/3.5; Exposure time: 6s; ISO-100; Max Aperture: 3.62; used tripod; used incandescent feature
4. F-stop:f/3.5; Exposure time: 25s; ISO-100; Max Aperture: 3.62; used tripod
(note–> this is republished from last year, but I get so many asks about the recipe, I thought I would share it again. I also added a few more steps). This holiday season, show your friends, family, and co-workers that you are all grown up at your next gathering. Instead of bringing those sad, frozen or grocery-bakery made desserts to fulfill your obligatory potluck contribution, take something that others will not judge you for. Isn’t it at least slightly true that you tend to feel a little jealous of the Mary’s, Cynthia’s, and so-and-so’s who are always the apple of any party’s eye because of the dish they bring? Now, you, too, can feel worthy at any festivity. Simply follow this easy recipe with the addition of the ingredients listed below, and soon enough Mary, Cynthia, and the usual best-dish contenders will be asking that coveted question: “How did YOU make THIS??”
Additional ingredients; the stuff that will make you go weak in the knees (optional):
*Addendum to picture above: I made the pie again, and I added the sugar to the melted butter and chocolate (after removing the saucepan from the stove); then I beat in the eggs.
Here are some close ups:
Please excuse the coffee and pumpkin. They are accent pieces. Necessary to accent but unnecessary to the recipe.
Isn’t it pretty?
When it boils, it looks like the inside of an Aerobar. Once it boils, remove immediately.
FYI, you sort of have to stir the chocolate.
Read this post carefully. Do NOT pour the chocolate into the sugar + egg mixture. For some reason, the pie turns out fluffier if you 1) boil butter +chocolate 2) remove saucepan from stove and stir in the 1C sugar 3) add in eggs and beat.
Feeling like Willy Wonka, here. That’s a powerful thing.
After 25 minutes of baking at 375, it should have a shell-like top. Similar to the shell on a creme brulee.
The inside should be gooey. Gooey, yet delicious.
I used to know life could look and feel better than it was. For some reason, I wasn’t sure if that was meant for me. That maybe only certain people were born to live like I had dreamed. I thank God that I now know that’s not true. All of us deserve to see the manifestation of our dreams. Everyone deserves to feel and understand the vivid beauty of a rain-filled sky, draped above the trail ahead, on a long-awaited September morning.