Eggs and fish

My food project is very much alive, even though it’s three weeks since my last update. The two next letters is E and F.

For the letter E, it was easy to pick a word. It’s not that much food that starts with E, so I had to go with eggs. I did that on my last food project too, but I was set on doing it differently this time. Egg is something I always keep in my fridge. I love eggs, in all forms: boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, fried eggs… Egg is also very important in baking, which I loved to do. So it’s very important to have eggs in the fridge.

Originally my plan was to photograph some fruit for the letter F, but when I went to this big supermarket (which has just about everything you can wish for and then some more) last saturday and bought mackerel, I knew that for letter F I had to shoot fish.

Mackerel is the best fish ever. It is so delicious, my mouth starts to water just by thinking of it. The supermarket sold whole fishes and not fillets. I was fine with that, because I’m familiar with gutting fish. It’s something I’ve done before and it’s pretty easy to do, at least if it’s mackerel. You keep the skin on, so you just have to chop off the head, cut it in two, get the stomach etc out and chop off the tail and gills. Oh and of course try to get rid of as many bones as possible. Getting a tiny fish bone stuck in your throat is something I can’t recommend. Been there, done that!

After getting the bones out, the next thing you do is to cover the fish in a flour-mix containing flour, salt and pepper. When that is done, you’re ready to fry it in the pan.

Here are some photos from my sunday dinner –  from getting the fish out of the fridge to a meal ready to eat. Be prepared for chopped of fish head and blood ;)

Doesn’t it look tasty? I sure think so.

Next letters up is G and H. I’ve written down some idea of what to shoot, but I might change my mind until I decide to start on those letters. I’ll have two weeks off next week, so I have lots of time to shoot.

Summer in the city: bikes edition

There shouldn’t be any news that I love bikes. As I stated in my previous post, I promised to share the bikes I photographed on my photo trip on thursday. I didn’t really planned to focus on bikes, but after seeing a few great bikes, I couldn’t resist focusing on bikes and hunting down more.

I have prospects of shooting more awesome bikes in the near future. A while ago, my Dutch friend Chantie and I, we settled my Netherlands-vacation. We’ve been talking about it for a long time, that I should come see her. First she asked if I would come during Easter. I told her I would more like to visit during the summer. For a while, there was a chance Chantie didn’t have the opportunety to have me over this summer, but after some forth and back, it got settled. I’m leaving the 25th of July and will return to Oslo the 1st of August. I will have one week in the Netherlands. Awesome sauce!

For anyone who has been in the Netherlands, you know that they have lots of bikes. When I say lots, I mean LOTS! Just look at this photo I took four years ago in Nijmegen. My plan is to photograph as  many awesome bikes as possible. In addition to all the bikes I plan to capture, there will be some other great photograpy opportunety as well. We’re planning a trip to a zoo in Amsterdam. There will be lots of animals to photograph there. A trip to de Gooyer, a windmill in Amsterdam, will also give me something to photograph.

Well. Back to the bikes. It was, after all, bikes this post should be about. Here are some bike photographs. Bikes, bells, straddles and more.

Out and a boat

Dear blog and dear readers. I’ve neglected you. Me + regularly update my blog = not true. Sigh.

Well, here I am. Finally. So what has happened since last time I blogged? Two good things at least. I don’t think I’ve told you, but I’ve had some issues with one of my lenses and my new camera. I have a 18-125 mm lens that wouldn’t work properly with my D7. Whenever I tried to zoom with it, the camere couldn’t take any photo because it said it wasn’t connected to the lens. When I didn’t zoom or if I used the lens on my old camera, it worked fine. I was going to take both the lens and camera to the store where I bought it, and have it checked out. I never got that far. Last saturday I was in a wedding and I had promised to bring my camera. Before I left, I thought I should check that lens once more, just try it onc more if it would work. And guess what? It worked. The problem magically disappeared! Awesome sauce! I’m a bit afriad it will happen again, so I’m crossing my fingers whenever I use the combo, the D7 and the zoom lens.

The other good thing, is that I bought a new memory card for my camera. I’ve been talking about doing it ever since I bought the new camera. The photos comes out huge ( 5181×3456 pixels/ 5-9 MB) and that means less photos available on my 1 GB memory card. My new memory cards hold 16 GB which probably is way more than I need, but I thought it was better to have too much space than too little. We all know how annoying it is to be in the middle of a photoshoot and then finding out your memory card is full!

The weather has sucked lately. It hasn’t been weather to be out photograhing. In addition to that, I’ve had some days being sick and even more important, I’ve been watching a lot of football (soccer for you americans!) since the UEFA Euro 2012 is now. Norway is not participating since we’re simply not good enough, but there is still countries to cheer on and fun matches to watch! At the office where I work, we have a bet going on – who will win UEFA Euro? The ones who has participated have bet  100 NOK. The winner gets the money. If several people have bet on the same team, we share. I’ve put my money on Spain, so I’m rooting on them at the moment.

Anyways, back to the weather, which I really was going to talk about.

A few days this week, however, has given us great weather. It only lasted two days though, yesterday the weather was back to being sucky; 16 degrees, cloudy, some sun, but rain most likely coming. I took the oportunety to go for a photowalk on thursday. I had to take advantage of the great weather and I very much had an urge to shoot again! Almost three hours and 368 photos later, I was home from my trip.

Early I came to the conclution that I would focus on bikes and boats. On my way to the Asian Cubical as I l ike to call it (It’s an Asian fast food place and the building is like a cubical, photo of it will have to come later!)  to buy spring rolls, I found some great bikes to photograph. On my way to the fjord after my little meal was finished, I spotted some more bikes. Down by the harbour I saw boats, water, fishermen and more. I knew I had to capture that.

I have to devide all my photos into two posts. First I’ll give you the boats, harbour, fjords and all that comes along. The Oslo harbour is lovely, you can see a previous shoot here. I hope you enjoy it.

I got to see the boat Chrisitan Radich. It’s a beautiful ship. The vessel was built for training sailors for the Norwegian merchant navy. It did that for many years. Now it ison the charter market and has also participated in sailing races. You can read more about the boat on Wiki.

As you can see, the weather was perfect. The sky was blue and the hot sun made beautiful sparkles in the water. There were a lot of people fishing by the harbour that day. You could see them lined up next to each other, trying to get that one big fish. Some had brought their whole family down to the harbour and some was fishing solo.

So, where will we go next? We’ll go to the city center and have a look at all those great bikes, but that’s next time.

Movie, food and blogging

Two weeks ago I saw the movie Julie & Julia again. It must be the 5th time I’ve seen it since it came out in 2009 and it’s still a great movie. If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Meryl Steep. She’s one of the best female actors I know. This movie is about two things I like, food and blogging. Every time I see this movie, I get the urge to blog. I want to do better, blog more often and write better blog posts.

Since I’ve started this food project, the food ABC, I thought it was time to update the project. So far I’ve only covered the two first letters in the alphabet, namely A and B. Today it’s time to cover two more letters, C and D.

For C, it was easy to come up with things to photograph. I can name for instance carrots, cheese, cauliflower, cake, chocolate, cookies, ciabatta and corn.

D on the other hand was way trickier. Last food project, I stretched it and used drink. It’s not really food, but it was all I could come up with at the time. This time I landed on Danish. It was the only thing I could think of actually. Many love Danish (pastry), but I don’t. It’s waaay too much butter in it, it’s almost only butter. I  once saw on TV how they made the Danish, and after the programme was over I swore to myself to never eat that. I’ve kept my promise to this day.

I landed on corn for the letter C.

This is the  main photo. Here is two others.

I also have another shot, but this is not corn. This is cauliflower soup. When I was celebrating our National Day a few weeks ago, I ate a three course dinner at my friend’s house. As a starter we got served cauliflower soup. I hadn’t eaten that since kindergarten. The thing is, I often think I don’t like things based on stupid reasons. Sometimes I just don’t think I like it and sometimes I think that since I don’t like one thing, I might not like this either. I am not very good at trying out new stuff.

As I said, I hadn’t eaten cauliflower since kindergarten and that is 30 years ago. I love cauliflower, but I’ve grown up thinking it wouldn’t be any good. That day I tried it and it was so good. I wish I had tried it way sooner. Lesson learned: try new food! After that dinner, I’ve had several cauliflower soup meals. So far I’ve just made soup from a bag of powder, where you add water/cream. I added some more cauliflower too, because the soup doesn’t come with that much cauliflowers.Once I have some more time, I would like to try make it myself. I’ve found a recipe online that looks good.

For the letter D, I chose Danish.

I once saw a programme about how they made Danish pastry. Oh my god! I don’t like it and after seeing that I knew I would never try eating it again. I doubt there is any kind of cake/bakery goods with that much butter. It’s almost just butter. Jeezes!

Next two letters is E and F. I have yet to decided what to photograph. Stay tuned.

Ps. Go watch Julie & Julia, it’s such a great and lovely movie!

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