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Chihuly Exhibit – Part II – Plants

I decided to break up the next installation to show you the plants that I photographed. I had such a good time wandering through all of the blooming flowers. I was thinking mostly about the glass exhibit when I bought my tickets, but when I got there, I realized I had come at the perfect time for the spring flowers as well. I also got to spend an extra hour there that I didn’t think I had at first, but I had some parts of the garden to myself for the most part after about 8:30pm. So without further adieu, here are the plants….












Shot with M8 (below)
Shot with M8 (below)







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Tea Party Planning

I finally decided on the food for my Royal Summer Tea on May 2. I am going to make three different tea sandwiches: cucumber, egg salad, and a sophisticated ham and gouda with apple. I think I am going to make a savory Tourte Milanese. Then some buttermilk scones and Hungarian shortbread. I have three teas as well to go with the yummy things to eat; Twinings of London – Ceylon Orange Pekoe (a cheaper tea that has a medium body and is a nice black tea), and two from Harrisons and Crosfield: exotic China White Orange and Mango and fragrant Japanese Cherry Sencha. Both are whole leaf teas, but the latter is a green tea. They are more expensive than the Pekoe, and are very light teas. I love them because they are so smooth and airy. Today, since I got off work early, I went to Sur La Table and bought a digital thermometer (I have been wanting one), a citrus zester/garnisher/scorer, some biscuit cutters and some mini cupcake liners, and a cookbook called Baking with Julia. The cookbook is based on the PBS series hosted by Julia Child. I sure wish I could have met her before she died. Anyway, I am going to go edit more of the Chuhuly photos now so I can post them later….

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Chuhuly Exhibit – Part I

These are some of the photos I took on Sunday at the Desert Botanical Gardens. I took over 700 images, so needless to say, I am having to take my time and find my favorites. So far, the first image is my favorite. I took it with the Leica, and I did NO POST PROCESSING on it at all besides using photomerge in CS4 to stitch them together. There will be more to come, but it’s getting late and I need to pull myself away from editing so that I actually get some sleep. It was a long, but good weekend and the garden was worth the $15 to get in… check back for more installations of photos later.






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Downtown Leica Shoot
























So I really got to get a good taste of what my M8 can do this weekend. I took a couple at dinner on Friday, and then on Sunday Heath drove me downtown and we did one of our old-fashioned downtown shoots. We used to go down there and I’d shoot large format on Saturday mornings before I had to be at work. I guess you could say he is my body-guard (haha) since I don’t like going alone, but I like having the company too. We parked close to the Herberger Theater like always and started to meander down Monroe to my favorite building in the Copper Square area, 15 East Monroe. They are in the process of gutting the building and making it into a “boutique” hotel, whatever that means. I also revisited an alleyway with some stenciled signs and neat textures. Then we walked further south toward “the pit” as we called it, which was a huge construction site just to the east of the old courthouse. There were some other neat buildings like the Luhrs Tower and one just down the block with a ton of sweet details and carved cornices. (Right now I am listening to a song called “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” on the 40’s channel on XM). Anyway, all of the images are in order that I took them. I just LOVE how much light the Leica glass soaks in and all of the crispy details that you get. These photos have not been edited a whole lot besides some minor corrections and then the black and white action that I applied to them. I love having detail and tonal range without having to edit for hours. All I can say is YUM, YUM!

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M8




Well, it finally happened! I paid my camera in full and got to bring it home today! I feel like a new parent, well, sorta. Haha. Anyway, I am still waiting for the battery to finish charging so I can take it out and play with it outside. I LOVE the way it feels in my hands, and I really love how it fits in the leather half-jacket that I have on it. The hand grip is perfect and the design is immaculate. I am in love with the simplicity of the camera and the wonderful manual, yes I said manual, controls. I will post some first shots that I take with it as soon as I can get out the door on a full battery. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these yummy photos of the camera itself!

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