Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Day in the Life of Claire Carpenter

November 15: A Day in the Life of Claire Carpenter of Studio Claire and January Sun Yarnworks

Our mornings start at 6:50 and often involve reading a book or two before heading downstairs.
Must.make.coffee. (in our teeny tiny 4-cupper)

Playing with cards! Love those card holders. Makes games so much easier for tiny hands.

Looking at his photographs on the back of his little camera :)

Playing with rubber balls and marbles. The rubber balls are obviously the mommy and daddy :)

Snack time!

While my sweet hubby watched the kiddos, I headed out for lunch by myself at Panera and some writing before meeting up with my dear friend Hannah for the afternoon. (Note: Their creamy tomato soup is my absolute favorite.)
A quick drink at Coffee Culture before heading to Darkside for a movie.

We may have accidentally bought the bacon pastry.... And then eaten it all.

I've always loved the lighting in the Darkside. We saw "My Old Lady" with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline and it was excellent.

After the movie we went out for sushi. The sushi bar was busy busy, so we had a long wait.

It finally arrived! So yum!

And then we went to Francesco's for hot chocolate because, why not?

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Day in the Life of Jessica Chevalier

November 15: A Day in the Life of Jessica Chevalier of Lost in the Valley Photography and Squirrel on a Ledgetop

Let me start by saying my life isn't always this exciting, but I'm glad it was on this fPOE your day!  All of these photos except the last one were taken with my iPhone 4s, the perfect tool for a challenge like this! 
In the morning I woke up and jumped right into a food photography project! 
Preparing the potatoes!

Whipping up the potatoes! 
My lovely assistant (the boyfriend) scooped out the interiors of two pumpkins in preparation of the dish I'm making.

Sauteing up some hamburg, pork, celery, onions, garlic, and spices in my favorite Le Creuset pan!

Mixed the potatoes and meat together and then stuffed some pumpkins!

After nearly an hour on 350 in the oven, two slightly golden pumpkins emerge!

Did the food photography shoot in my studio!
After all of the fun cooking, we got ready for date night! The best night of the week!
We arrived on Burlington's (VT) famous Church St.
 A brand spanking new L.L.Bean store!  I think the boyfriend would look dashing in these flannels!

 Lake Champlain Chocolates?  YES, PLEASE!

Next stop Leunig's Bistro for some fabulous French cuisine! 

Roasted Veggie soup with pesto and Asiago cheese.

Dessert!  So good!! 
A little ambiance! 
Our Town put on in the UVM theatre was fabulous!

 The Catamount mascot for UVM where we went to catch a play!

Last but not least, taken with my Canon Mark III & canon 50mm macro lens, is one of the food photographs I took that day! What a jam packed day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Day in the Life of Katerina Vodrazkova

November 15: Katerina Vodrazkova of Over the Rainbow Prints

All photos in this post are taken by HTC mobile phone and some of them processed by Snapseed app.

I was looking forward to the Saturday 15th November as I was going to visit a wool exhibition and planned to share some photos with you, fPOE blog readers.

I started the day by walking to the farmers market. It is approx 3.5 km from my home and the walk goes through nice residential area with nearly no cars there. This brisk 30 minute walk became a part of my health/fitness routine long before I started with running and so that is how I usually start my Saturdays, get some fresh veggies and take a tram home (I do not like to walk back with full bags of groceries).

Another part of this little routine is buying something sweet from a baker that specialises in French luxury tartlets and macaroons. This time I tried the tartlet with milk chocolate and passion fruit topping. Yummy.

After getting my groceries home I set off to the wool exhibition. I am not only a photographer, but I also make felt and fibre accessories and home decor, that you can find in my KV Designs Etsy shop and I planned to buy some new material. Not that I necessarily need any, but you know how it is with craft material :)

The exhibition took place in the stables of Toulcův Dvůr. It is a little farm in the middle of the city with many ecology and sustainability activities organised for children and schools during the week.

And here comes the main catch of the day – I was so taken to admiring and touching and cuddling all the lovely soft woolly and silken yarns and scarves and other goodies, that I forgot to take any photos. So at least, when I got home I took few photos of the goodies I bought – some merino silk for sea inspired scarf or tunic, some mohair and locks for adding textures. Cannot wait to use them in my projects.

When I got home it was time to make a cup of tea and bake some cupcakes for Sunday. Baking sweets is another of my favourite pastimes.

I bought those little cute Christmas cutters in bottom left corner short time ago and was eager to try them out. I can report they do not work, because they are too small so you cannot get the shape out of them :)

And that is all for today.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The fPOE Macro Lens Challenge

    The challenge:  To use a macro lens of any make or focal length, diopters, or bellows and show off our diversity!  More challenges like this are in the works!  Enjoy!  


Title: Yellow Dandelion
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: 24-70mm @ f/2.8 with 10x diopter

Title: Fairytopia
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro @ f/2.8

Title: Droplets of Rose Pink
Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: 50mm macro lens + Extension Tube EF25 II

Title: Ostentatious
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Manual 55mm Nikkor @ f/3.5 and attached to an antique macro bellows.

Title: Cat
Lens: Sigma 150mm EX Macro @ f/2.8

Title: Fall Branches
Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro @ f/4.5

Lens: Lensbaby Composer Pro @ f/2.8 with the 8mm & 16mm macro converter attachments.

Lens: 28-90mm Nikkor @ f/5.6 on the macro setting.

Title: Brave Spirit
Lens:  Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Title: I Spy
Lens: Sony 30mm @ f/2.8

Lens: Tokina 100mm Macro @ f/4.0

Title:  On Gaurd
Lens: Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro @ f/5.6