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feeling a little lunchy has left the building

So, I am sure if you're still hanging around here reading this blog, you may be wondering where I have gone...I mentioned before that my kids have grown up some and no longer want me to jazz up their lunches.  Last night at dinner, my soon-to-be sixth grader mentioned that while she still wants me to make lunch, she no longer wants it to be funky.  That's cool...I've got other things lined up to occupy my creative needs.  Photography has quickly filled the void left behind by sandwiches painted with food coloring gels.  

That being said, I have no aspirations of turning pro.  I do not wish to start up a portrait business or photography shop in any way.  I don't want to take something I am enjoying and turn it into a job.  I've got enough jobs these days!  I am really enjoying studying photography and editing photos...I like the possibilities that learning Photoshop and Lightroom provide, but my ultimate goal is to get the photo right while I am shooting it.  Quite often, all I edit in is some color correction or a filter to add depth to the photograph.

What do you guys think?  

feeling a little...photogenic?

My lunch blog is on hiatus...indefinitely.  It might be the end of an era for me.  My girls have grown tired of cookie cutter sandwiches and painted cheese.  I'm still making lunches for them, of course, but they're just plain lunches now.  I have been turning towards photography as a result.  I always seem to need something to occupy my mind and nowadays, that's figuring out my camera. I am hoping to get off of the auto-mode and get skilled at manual.  I am also dabbling into the realm of photo editing.  I do prefer that when I shoot a photo, that it doesn't need to be edited.  That's how I started when I was in high school...a 35mm Pentax camera and roll upon roll of black and white film.  I loved developing and sitting in the dim glow of the dark room.  I can still smell the chemicals and hear the scraping of the cylindrical door spinning in its tracks.  While that method is going the way of the dinosaur, I can still do my best to create great images right out of the gate.  On the flip side of that coin, is the fact that editing can make a photo go from OK to spectacular in seconds.  That takes some study and practice too.  So, maybe you'll follow me on my journey away from the art of lunches and into the art of images?

feeling a little country

Inspired by Wendy Thorpe Copley's book EVERYDAY BENTO, I made this lunch. Thanks Wendy!

Turkey and cheese on Italian white bread with an egg adorned with carrots, an orange with raisins and some pretzel thins. Not as pretty as what's in Wendy's book, but just as tasty! I used a CuteZCute cutter for the piggie and just some good old fashioned knife work on that egg.

And of course, we have almost the same lunch in a more acceptable way for a middle schooler...minus the egg and the raisins (she doesn't like raisins or eggs in her lunch like the wild child does.)

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feeling a little kindle love

Have a Kindle?  Don't know how to loan books on it? Here's a quick graphic I made to help you figure it out quickly. I've tried to explain it to a lot of people over the years...don't know why it took me so long to just make a step by step!  Here ya go!

Check out my friend Wendy's book, Everyday Bento, while you're at it! 

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