Category Archives: food

Photo Story: Cheesy Stuffed Burgers

Last fall, I did something that was definitely outside of my comfort zone … I approached a local food cart, Cheesy Stuffed Burgers,  and asked if I could do a photo story on them.

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Just to be clear, this wasn’t one of those times when I’d already built some sort of low-level casual relationship.  Nope.  The bottom line was that they made some awesome hamburgers that not only did I like – but my family liked, too.  And when I recommended them to friends – they liked them, too.   They seemed like great people and a fun, local business – and the idea of a project sounded like a creative challenge.

So, after placing an order one time, I said something like “hey, I was wondering if you folks might be interested in a photo story”.  Except – I probably sounded at the cart 3-10even more stilted and awkward than that.  And Janice – one of the owners very cheerfully and kindly said – “Sure – drop us an email”.  So, I did – and included links to my portfolio, Facebook page, and Exposure stories.

Then I met with Mark (Janice’s husband) and pitched the idea to him – and we started that weekend.  The funny thing – the trio of owners hadn’t yet looked at my portfolio.  They just thought it would be fun – and we seemed to connect well.  That was enough.

I showed up at 1oPM on that first Saturday night and shot to midnight:thirty or so.  And it was way different than I thought it was going to be.  And it was a heck of a lot of fun.

Fast forward to a few months later –  and I’ve now published that photo story.  If you get the chance, check it out.  Better yet – if you’re in the Corvallis area – go get yourself a burger and fries.  My favorite?  The Sriracha Burger.

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My Pre-Thanksgiving Post

Yes, I’ve posted this before.  In fact, for a few of the earliest years of this blog, I posted this each Thanksgiving.  I almost consider it a public service announcement… Smile

Enjoy – and have a great Thanksgiving!

How to Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Backpacking Photo Gear List

dudes 2010 - low res-7 Yeah – it’s been over a month since I’ve been back from the last backpacking trip – but I’m still tidying up my notes for gear and food – all in hopes of keeping the gear list tidy – and the pack a bit lighter by keeping non-essentials at home.

Of course – a key part of my list is photography gear.  The kit I carry isn’t large or ulta light.  But – on this last trip it did get heavier.  For example – I swapped the 24mm prime for a zoom and the Gorillapod stayed at home in favor of the (slightly) heavier tripod + ballhead.  As this was just a weekend trip – the (slightly) heavier kit was a good trade-off for the increased flexibility.

The big experiment for this trip was the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW + Toploader Chest harness.  I’ll try to get a full review here soon – but in short – two thumbs up.

So, in no particular order – here’s the list:

  1. Camera: Canon 50D
  2. Lens: Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS
  3. Filters: B+W Circular Polarizer, B+W 10 Stop Neutral Density, Cokin P Filter Holder, Hitech 2 Stop Graduated ND P Filter, Hitech 3 Stop Graduated ND P Filter
  4. Bag: Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW + Lowepro Toploader Chest harness.
  5. Memory: 8GB cards (x7)
  6. Batteries: 3 Canon batteries for 50D
  7. Tripod + Ballhead: Gitzo tripod + Joby X ballhead (ballhead review here)
  8. Shutter remote: Surprisingly – I didn’t use it on this last trip.  None of my exposures exceeded 30 seconds – and when on a tripod – I simply used the 2 second shutter delay setting.
  9. Misc: 4 lens cloths (just in case…), Moleskin + pen (but I used it mostly to record my food consumption so that I hopefully won’t bring too much next year…)
  10. Gorp: my favorite backpacking mix… plain M&M’s, honey roasted peanuts, and raisins – in a 1:1:1 ratio.

Feedback?   Thoughts?  What’s on your list?

Oregon at 150: Worship Service

oregon 150 worship service-4 As part of Oregon’s sesquicentennial celebration – the Church of the Valley of Corvallis, in conjunction with Love Inc,  held a worship service in Central Park on Sunday afternoon.

When it was all said and done – I would guess that close to 200 folks were listening in – and after the service – all were able to share in some ice cream – which happened to be Umpqua Dairy’s limited edition flavor to celebrate Oregon’s 150 – roasted Oregon hazelnuts with clover honey and huckleberry syrup.

As for the photography – two things come to mind.  (1) It was hot – which meant that most folks were looking for shade.   Auto white balance was inconsistent – and – in turn – many images required some correction in Lightroom.  And (2) it’s OK to stop and eat some ice cream.

The GT’s article (with a lot more info) can be found here.

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Carving Turkeys

OK – this has simply nothing to do with photography – but has a lot to do with the upcoming holiday – turkey carving.

I ran across this link / video last year just a few days before Thanksgiving – and even I carved a wonderful platter of bird after watching it.

The premise is anchored in a butcher’s method of slicing.  So, check it out and let me know if it works for you.

A Day at the Coast

Newport OR - 25 Oct 2008-6Last weekend, we took a day trip over to Newport.  Low 60’s and some wind – a pretty stunning late October day for the Oregon coast.  After lunch at the Rogue Brewery (Brewer’s on the Bay – great Reuben sandwich) – we made a quick jaunt over to the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  It’s a good little science center for the family- and includes some touch tanks for the kids.

One of the not-touch tanks is full of little jelly fish (1-3 inches in length) and had a UV fluorescent light in it (at least I think that’s what they used).  In my, “Hey, that’s cool” mode – I tried to grab a couple of images of purple jelly fish with the 24mm on the 20D.  At home – thinking purple jelly fish just weren’t all that cool – I decided to make the image a high contrast B&W.  The result reminded me of those old science book pictures.

Mt. Thielsen: Part I

Just got back from a three day backpacking trip through the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness starting at the Howlock Mountain / Thielsen Creek trail head.  After a steady incline over 5.7 miles (or so) we made camp at the base of Mt. Thielsen at Thielsen Creek for two nights (see photo). 

On Saturday, we day hiked over to Thielsen’s west ridge and hiked up a ways.  Most guide books talk only of the last 100 feet or so of the ascent when they describe the challenges – and I think this leads folks to believe that the entire west ridge is a “cattle trail” to that last pitch.  Actually, there is some pretty steep hiking / scrambling below that pinnacle – and inexperienced hikers can quickly find themselves in uncharted territory.  With the loose rock – even some experienced hikers will find themselves out of their comfort zone.   And, remember, to get to that last ridgeline mile above 7000 ft, you’ve already covered 4 miles of steady elevation gain in the summer heat (if you’re planning on doing this in a single day).  Don’t underestimate this “hike”.

On Sunday – back out the route we came.  Not many miles overall – but some great views – and a few reasonable photos.

Now, when the topic of backpacking comes up – some people talk photography – some talk food or gear or location.

I’m not planning to turn Camera 47 into a food blog (there are plenty of those, like Simply Recipes or Chocolate and Zucchini or Get Your Grill On)- but – I did stumble onto some reasonably good backcountry meals that I think are tasty, convenient, and well priced.

When I first started backpacking, I typically packed along gorp (peanuts, raisins, M&M’s) and single serving dehydrated dinners (mmmm… chili mac…).   Well, some years ago, while on the West Coast Trail, I was introduced to gourmet, home-prepared food on the trail – and, really, I’ve been spoiled since.  But, on this trip, time was running short, and I was running short on creativity for “gourmet”, when Angie found these single-serving meals at Trader Joe’s that looked worth a try.  The two I brought along were Vegetable Jambalaya and Indian Fare Punjab Choley.  They were both around $2.10 each.

First, the Punjab Choley was excellent!  Take the sealed foil packet – place it in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes – open the packet – and eat wonderfully spicy food.  Second, the Vegetable Jambalaya had the same ease of cooking – good spice and, again, great taste.  Not as spicy as the Punjab Choley (the jambalaya could have used a bit of hot sauce) – but quite good nonetheless.

The only draw back when compared to the traditional backpacking meal is weight.  The Punjab Choley was near 12oz instead of the 5-7oz for a typical freeze dried meal.  For a two night trip – it was a reasonable trade off.