Mar 31, 2010

The Holland Tour

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands — Tags: , , — Kay @ 8:51 am

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Now that summer’s approaching (Yes, it is! It may not look like it now, but it will be summer.) I’ve begun creating a list of all the places I still want to visit around here. Turns out to be quite an impressive list. From the looks of it, I’ll be wearing out the tires on my poor lil’ Ford Ka.

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen all that much of my country yet. There is so much to see around here. Unbelievably beautiful sceneries, lots of culture and old buildings. So much I want my son to learn about the country he was born in. What better way to do that than actually take him to all those places? Of course I’ll be taking my camera with me, it’s my eyes. And a permanent extension of my arm.

Aside from all the tourist places such as Amsterdam, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht, I also want to photograph the smaller and perhaps even more picturesque villages. Think along the lines of Oudewater, Marken, Volendam and lots of other special places. It’ll be fun trips for us, too!

If there are special places, buildings or scenes you would like me to photograph around here—provided it doesn’t require a three-hour drive—let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you!

Mar 30, 2010

Chicken Stroganoff

This simple but stylish variation of the more classic Russian Beef Stroganoff has proved itself time and time again since the first time I cooked it many years ago.

Mar 29, 2010

Lemon Milk (not what you think)

Filed under: Tips & Tricks,Recipes — Tags: , , — Kay @ 4:16 pm

Don’t freak out on me: I’m not going to make you drink yucky things, I promise! This is not a recipe, just a quick tip!

Blue Sky Enhancement

Filed under: Photography,retouching,techniques — Tags: , , , — Kay @ 9:03 am

Ever seen those annoyingly perfect blue skies, with dramatic blue hues and perfect gradients? Here’s how to create them yourself in Adobe Photoshop.

Mar 27, 2010

Potato, Tomato and Onion Mash

I promise, this will be the last hodgepodge posting for now! Well, maybe not the last one, but definitely one of the last few now that we’re approaching warmer weather.

Mar 25, 2010

Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce

Some of my best recipes are the ones I come up with as I go. This one, too. This pork is to die for and no, I am not exaggerating. Now would I do that?

Mar 23, 2010

All in the Angle

Filed under: Photography,shooting tips — Tags: , , — Kay @ 12:05 pm

One of the things that has always drawn me to photography is the power it gives you to let people look through your eyes. It’s all about the angle.