Monday, January 9, 2012

My Envy

Envy is the sin that I am most guilty of.  I just said that out loud, and my sister Tess, is questioning me.

"You think...let me go over these again...I don't know, gluttony is cutting it pretty close.  And don't forget about sloth."

I'll admit, sloth is probably up there on my list.  In fact, this blogging interlude is brought to you by the walls I am supposed to be sanding and prepping for paint.  I finished the seven foot hallway coming into my kitchen, and called it done.

Envy is my greatest character flaw though, I am certain.  The good thing is, I'm rarely jealous of people I know (siblings excluded).  Also, I covet objects in phases, so I am not brooding about something for too long.  Right now, I am plagued by two serious bouts of envy.  One is camera envy.  My pictures, especially my food pictures, are just not turning out, and it's driving me crazy.  The other is chimney envy.  We bought a house without a fireplace, and most days I think I'm okay with that.  Still, as I look out my window and see white smoke puffing from the chimney behind me on a cold afternoon (afternoon fires are the best, don't you agree?), the green-eyed monster comes out.  Sometimes I drive around the neighborhood, talking to my husband, "Look at the chimney on that house.  Man, I bet they have a fireplace in their living room, and their master bedroom."  Yes, chimney envy has got me bad; but on a day like today, can you blame me?

A few hours later


  1. Your pictures are actually pretty great. Here are a few tips I live by for food photography if you are interested. Get up close and always shoot above your food, but not directly above, use an angle. Don't use your camera flash no matter what! Use natural light. If you are looking for a camera for close up, I like to use a 50mm lens with 1.4-1.8 because you want to blur your background to focus in on whatever it is you are shooting. You want a fast shot. Point and shoots are good too, no need for a DSLR camera. Set it to natural light/no flash and pick a camera that locks in on a focus point well. A regular digital camera that does MICRO is a jewel, so look for that setting. In addition, don't stress about the "final shot." There are a lot of interesting angles to try while cooking or even while eating and breaking apart the food. Lastly, learn to color balance with a photo editor. There are a lot of free editors you can download. Take a few dark pictures in natural light and play around with the color balance. Get rid of the too blues and reds. Hope this helps. Oh, and if you wanna really see camera envy...check out this blog that I live by

  2. Alisa, there is so much to envy from that blog. I just want to live in it! Sometime when we finally get together, you will have to show me some stuff with my camera. I'll use some of your tips. Do you recommend a specific editor?