You Know You Want To Put Your Face In It

So while I was at the grocery store, I happened to notice that strawberries were on sale.  So I got them.

I walked a little further and noticed those little shortbread cakes that actually taste like Twinkies were on sale.  So I got them too.

It was fate that vanilla ice cream was discounted as well. 

So what do you get when you add it all together?

 Strawberry Shortcake

I put my face in it. 

And hoovered it. 

The End.

September 1, 2009 - 8:10 am

katie - brooke, i give up. your photos are amazing! will you come down here and just take all my food photos for me? or just tell me what you did in the picture above to make me want to salivate all over that strawberry shortcake. sheesh. :)

September 1, 2009 - 8:12 am

Joseph - Wow Boo,
not only are you taking great picture but learning to how to plate set for food. Good pic.


September 1, 2009 - 10:31 am

Melanie - This post is why I love you! :)

September 1, 2009 - 10:58 am

shutterboo - 1. 50mm
2. no flash
3. I sprinkled a little Splenda on the berries to get some juices flowing.
4. I made it with love.

September 1, 2009 - 11:05 am

Susan the Pod-Mate - I ate almost the same thing a few weeks ago, and now I want another batch of it. NOM! Looks good enough to eat right through the computer!

September 1, 2009 - 12:54 pm

katie - i swear everything comes full circle to your 50mm. remind me that i have to get one with that new camera. :)

September 3, 2009 - 10:58 am

My Sweet Tooth Is Showing « shutterboo - […] Sweet Tooth Is Showing My sugar crave has been in overload this week.  I already shared my face planting strawberry shortcake experience.  I was up for a repeat performance last night but thought I’d save the last twinkie cake […]

Camera Bags Are Like Purses, Right?

I’ve always been content with the brand of camera and lenses I own [which are all Canon].  And I’ve always been content with my Rebel XT with 8 mega-pixels – I’ve never felt compelled to look at another dSLR because my camera packs enough punch for me.  And as tempting as owning different types of lenses can be, I tell myself to look at the price tag before I play with any (and remind myself how frustrated I was with the 50mm at first).  That usually does the trick of not looking at the lenses any more.  But the one thing I can’t stop looking at are the accessories; more specifically, camera bags.  I’m such a girl.

I have three camera bags.  One the hubs picked out when he got me my awesome present – but ladies, let’s be honest here, how many of you would let your husband pick out your handbag?  Precisely.  It serves it’s function but it’s uncomfortable and is too “camera baggish” for me.  I can’t blame the hubs – he’s a guy and never really carries a bag.  But I’m a gal and I carry one everyday and I like the idea of being able to squeeze my wallet in my camera bag so that I don’t have to worry about a purse too.  The Pod-Mate and I have this discussion all of the time.

So when we were heading to Germany to visit eMohn and sheMohn (haha!), I got myself a Tamrac Adventure 6 backpack.  I didn’t know where we’d be visiting so I wanted all of my camera stuffs with me and the backpack was comfortable to wear all day.  And the top of it was perfect for my wallet, passport and sunglasses.  It’s perfect.  But then again it’s not.

Tamrac Backpack

Because it holds everything and gets rather heavy, the idea of taking it on short day trips (like the Zoo and the Fair) where I know I’ll need only my kit and 50mm and a few other [small] things, the backpack becomes cumbersome and a chore to carry.  But I don’t like carrying the camera by itself; it needs some protection if I’m taking a break because I’d be the one to knock it into something or spill soda on it.

Tamrac Backpack

My pal, Mrs. Rev, was kind enough to let me borrow her camera bag for my day at the Fair.  I’d been pricing out this brand and tried to view them at our local camera shop, but no one carried the one I wanted.  So I got to try it on for size for the day.  And after two hours of wearing it, I realized I wanted one super bad.  The next day, I took a hammer to my piggy bank to gather up my allowance and purchased myself a new camera bag.  A Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home, to be exact.

Crumpler Cross-body Bag

My bag is a little different from Mrs. Rev’s but it’s the perfect size.  It holds my camera with either the kit or 50mm attached and the other lens.  And there’s a velcro-ed pocket in the front to slip in my wallet stuffs.  And there’s a nice little netted top that I can slip more stuff into like my eye drops, chapstick, floss and my Tide To Go stain stick – never leave home without it!

Crumpler Cross-body Bag

My favorite thing about the Crumpler bag is that it doesn’t look like a camera bag.  It looks like a little messenger bag which is quite useful because as Mrs. Rev says “…it’s about the size of a purse and doesn’t scream come steal my expensive ass camera!… you know.”  Yeah, I know.  And I really like it.

Crumpler Cross-body Bag

Which has made me decide that camera bags are like purses.  When I tote the kahuna, I don’t carry a purse.  And when I carry a purse, I don’t tote the kahuna.  Usually.  Unless I’m going to work and only need the camera for an hour during my walk.  Yeah.  Even so, why not have a few bags to choose from?  The Crumpler will likely be my “go to” bag.  I’ll definitely still use the backpack for trips when I don’t know what all I’ll need until I’m there (plan to do so this weekend, actually).  And my little black retangular camera bag the hubs picked out houses my extra camera stuffs like cleaners and those padded velcro-thingys that fit inside the bags.  See, they’re all being used.  Which says a lot more than the purses I own.

Side note: For those of you who also enjoy accessories like me and are looking for a comfortable yet stylish neckstrap, check out Trendy Camera Straps – they all have neoprene padding at the back of the neck which makes wearing your camera much more comfortable.  I have the tan scroll – it’s very cute and very comfy.

*UPDATE* I did some homework and found a list of websites that sell camera bags that look more like purses.  To check it out, click on What Women Want: Camera Purses.

August 31, 2009 - 11:17 am

courtneycarver - This is the camera bag I am buying next….

August 31, 2009 - 11:28 am

Dawn - I saw a friend of mine over the weekend with the 5 Million Dollar home, and I was all “WAAANT.” I inherited my Rebel from The Boy when he bought the 5D last year and, yeah… the bag I’ve got for it is a total boy bag. I’ll be getting a new one soon, because those crumpler bags look just like the cute little utilitarian purses that you can buy at REI.

September 1, 2009 - 11:04 am

Susan the Pod-Mate - OK, so I totally want one of these bags – I’ve been eyeing them for awhile, but actually seeing one in person has convinced me. I swear I’m not trying to be a shutterboo clone! Really! I promise!

September 1, 2009 - 11:58 am

shutterboo - Pod-Mate, We just have superb taste. Besides, they say great minds think alike.

September 9, 2009 - 5:32 pm

denise:) - I have that same Tamrac- used it for my trip to Kauai last week and it worked great! It DOES get heavy tho. The Crumplers are TO DIE FOR! Drool… yours is pretty!

September 18, 2009 - 1:39 pm

Stuffs In My Bag – Take A Gander « shutterboo - […] to the topic at hand: A couple weeks ago I wrote about camera bags (PS-Love my Crumpler!!).  I had “bags” on the brain and decided to do one of those […]

September 24, 2009 - 1:47 am

r4 - Hi… I see your camera bag. It is really wonderful. It is very nice.It is very useful to photographer. thank you…

January 14, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Scarlett - If you’re looking for something more feminine check out

May 21, 2010 - 7:56 am

What Women Want: Camera Purses « shutterboo - […] the posts I’ve written, the one that gets the most hits [almost daily] is when I talked about my new Crumpler camera bag.  Apparently there are a lot of people in search of finding more trendy camera bags.  And they […]

August 20, 2010 - 10:07 am

Clarence Nabarro - My canvas messenger bag rocks! I used to use it back in college carrying books and now I can even use it to carry my laptop in addition to as my extra gadgets. Love it.

January 25, 2011 - 9:38 am

shutterboo » Blog Archive » Listastic Tuesday - […] thinking the same about my Crumpler bag.  It’s a great bag but that Canon 7D does not fit in it.  Well, it does but it’s an […]

Just Me & Chevy

The hubs is down for the count this morning – apparently absinthe wasn’t as good as an idea as he thought.  I think he really just wanted to relive the trip to Germany we took last fall.  And now he is dreaming about said trip.  And Chase is his body guard.  That dog will spend all day in bed with him.  So it’s just me and Chevy.

Chevy in the Sun 1

The weather is absolutely wonderful today; sunny with a crisp in the air.  Chevy is dying to be outside but it’s Sunday… and I spend most of my Sundays in my PJs.  That’s how I roll.  And I don’t think my neighbors like seeing me in my PJs.  But Chevy doesn’t stop taking advantage of that sunshine as she’s found a tiny little bit of light shining through the window. 

Chevy in the Sun 2

Chevy is the BDD (big deaf dog) and even though she can’t hear, she can still talk.  Well, I talk for her in a deep voice.  And she says stuff like “Food Lady, what you be doin’?”

Chevy in the Sun 3

Actually, she could care less what I was doing.  That is unless I was opening the door or had food in my hand.  Chevy’s my cooking buddy – always has her head propped up between me and the counter just in case anything slips her way.  She’s my shadow.

Chevy in the Sun 4

Which is why she’s with me and not with the hubs who is sleeping like the dead.  So we were in the kitchen drinking our morning coffee, she was sunbathing, I was carrying on a conversation with her and decided to grab the camera. 

Chevy in the Sun 5

Getting on the floor with her threw her for a loop.  “Food Lady, you playin’ wit me?”  Nope.  Just admiring your spotted feet.  I love her spots.  And the funny thing is that they keep changing.  Especially on her feet.  I have no idea why or how, I just live here.

August 30, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Laura - Very sweet

August 30, 2009 - 3:14 pm

emohn - Love it! Love every one of ’em. Molly won’t lay still when I’ve got the camera in hand. I guess she’s a bit gunshy around it.

August 31, 2009 - 8:57 am

katie - I think I’m in love. Chevy is fantastic! And my dog Justice has the most fabulous spots everywhere. To match his pink tummy. It melts my cold heart. Oh and these pictures are fabulous.

A Photographer's Rights

One thing my big brother (Happy Birthday to you!) is good for is finding stuff of the internet that I wouldn’t even think of searching for.  Well, he’s good for other things like making fun of DAd, telling funny stories about his kids and correcting me when I misuse/misspell a word.

But a week or so ago he sent me several links that discuss a photographer’s rights.  I perused the documents and just reading them freaked me out.  I hadn’t even thought of being detained for taking a picture.  But I’m sure it happens.  To people who aren’t me.  Because I’m a wuss and would cry “Just take the damn camera!”  And then I’d be sad because I’d be camera-free.  And then I’d be hella mad at myself and would probably sob until my face swelled to twice its normal size.  That would suck.  But this isn’t going to happen because I’m aware of my rights as a photographer.

Anyway, the brother found this photographer’s rights document that I found to be the most convenient for me – it’s precise, to the point and small enough to print out and fold into my camera bag.  Which the brother also suggested I do.  I guess as you do get older, you get wiser.  Whodathunk.

I included all of the docs the brother sent over at the bottom.  Check them out, read them over, they’ll be helpful if you’re ever approached by a tyrant parent whose pissed at you for taking pictures of their kid because he was super cute, not because you’re a pedophile.  You can just pull out your handy little “rights” paper and politely point out you’re in a public place and it’s legal.  Suck it.

The Photographer’s Rights

Misinformation About Your Photography Rights

Legal Handbook for Photographers

November 28, 2009 - 6:35 pm

Momma’s Got A Brand New [Camera] Bag « shutterboo - […] cloth.  I usually keep the battery charger stuffed in the bottom just in case.  And my “Photographer’s Rights” just in case.  Because you never know when you’ll offend someone while taking their […]

Experimenting With Exposure

I toted my kahuna camera around all day at the State Fair for one reason and one reason only: The Midway.  Or for you folks that don’t call it that back home: the carnival rides.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

I don’t experiment with long exposures very often – I find it challenging, hate carrying the tripod and I’m often disappointed with the outcome.  Instead of showing movement or having a beautiful glowing effect from still objects, I usually end with something that just isn’t.  I prefer manipulating the depth of field to “tell the story” instead of the shutter.  And I love the bokeh effect.  But the State Fair was a chance to go outside my creative boundaries and try something new.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

The trick was I had to have a shutter speed that was slow enough to capture the movement of the rides but fast enough to not capture the movement of this unbalanced gal.  Like I said, I don’t like to carry tripods.  Besides, do you know how frickin goofy I’d had looked carrying a tripod all day?  Right.  Abby probably would have walked 10 paces in front me.  And I couldn’t have left it in the car because we didn’t have one – Officer David gave us a ride into the Fairgrounds.  It pays to be friends with Abby.  Anywho, I think I had success.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

The composition suffered – it didn’t help that I left that 50mm slapped on there, had to zig and zag around bystanders and didn’t really take my time setting up shots – but I was more concerned with movement.  And movement I got.  Mission: Not Impossible.

The midway offers more than just carnival rides though – tons of carnival games.  And creepy carnival workers that talk you even though you ignore them.  I would hate to have that job.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Sadly, we did not spend our dimes on games as we had already spent it on cerveza.  So sorry.  I got priorities, you know.

August 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

Deryck Tormey - Hey, these photos look great. I have the same feelings as you, usually mess with aperture instead of shutter speed (usually just get a blury image from camera shake). But these shots are fantastic.


August 27, 2009 - 10:26 am

SheRamblings - totally exhilarating!
i’m sitting here, a 40 something, and I’m totally ready to go to the state fair — and hope to God I don’t embarrass myself!

August 27, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Mari - These are fantastic shots especially the first two on light. I have a Nikon D80 so will try to experiment. Went on a photography wokabaut workshop last Saturday and learnt about shutter speed and aperture etc that’s why your blog interests me. Keep it up!

August 27, 2009 - 1:09 pm

bwlight - I’m just beginning to learn about photography. I really like all photos, but like best the 1st and 3rd shots. On this black background too, they look stunning!

August 28, 2009 - 1:15 pm

the Provident Woman - What great pictures!

September 9, 2009 - 5:47 pm

denise:) - Great job!!! You got great detail in the game shots. Our fair is too dicey at night to go there w/anything you may value… which sucks because I’d love a chance to try this!

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