Opinion

Get cookin’ with camera this Christmas season

Good day loyal readers. Yes, it is very close to the date that the fat man dressed in red comes down the chimney. What a hectic month this has been: has December always been like that?

A few weeks ago I photographed three generations of women at Victoria Quay. Since it was a dreary day I used “Phil”, also known as fill flash. I had my trusty Nikon set at 400 ISO, with a shutter speed 1/125th of a second and aperture of f5.6, using my zoom lens at 70mm (translates as 105mm in 35mm language). I shot 110 photos and ended up with 44 wonderful images (slightly Photoshopped).

In the meantime, Les has been busy selling her wares at Christmas craft shows: her handmade cocktail aprons, Barbie tent (complete with sleeping bags and fabric floor), handmade greeting cards and of course the LadyzBagz.

While she is slaving away with the sewing machine, I am busy cooking up a Surprise Supper. Just for the heck of it, I worked from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Food Revolution cookbook. One night I made “Perfect Roast Beef” along with “ A Consistently Good Gravy”, and “Roasted Potatoes and Carrots”. Another night I made “Crunchy Garlic Chicken” with “Best Baby Potatoes”. The third night I made “Beef and Ale Stew”.

Finally my piece de resistance: “Homemade Curry Pastes “ Rogan Josh paste. I roasted, I toasted, I pestled and mortared, and I whizzed the ingredients in the food processor. The paste was made in the afternoon and placed lovingly in the refrigerator ready for the evening curry.

My best friend until I croak came up from Seattle to spend the weekend with us. Les was at a craft fair so Neil and I had a ball shooting (cameras, not guns).

We went to Harbour Quay and dropped in on Judy at All Mex’ed Up. We also went to what I call the fishermen’s marina and got some great shots of resting boats. They looked like they were resting up before an early morning.

•••

I am hosting another free mini-seminar (one hour) at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 14 called “ Now That You Own A Digital Camera – What you need to know”. Make sure that you phone the library at 250-723- 9511 to register.

Any questions?  E-mail me at nsilverstone@telus.net or see me online at www.silverstonephotos.com.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.