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Sunsets, sunrises and all things sun

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and are part of my Facebook group, you would have known that I recently participated in an ‘assignment’ by My Nikon Life. The brief was simple… All I had to do was upload a maximum of 5 pictures associated with ‘Sunsets, sunrises and all things sun’.

As part of my photo hunt, I came across Gasoline Australia and was instantly captured by the amazing colours of scooter line-up. So, I asked the owners’ permission if I could take some photos and they were kind enough to say yes! 🙂 One guy even joked and asked if I wanted him in the picture… Hehehe…

Just for comparison sake, I’ve included the original photo and the touched-up photo! As you will see later, the edited version has a much richer and bolder colour, with an emphasis on the colours and not the scooters itself.

I was aiming for a classic magazine /studio look (don’t really know what the official photography term for it is)… So, I had a play around with the settings in Lightroom 2 until I got the colours and look that I liked. Oh, what a difference a few clicks of the mouse can make! There is no trick to it… it’s sometimes really all about trial and error, being patient and reading up on online tutorials. Most importantly, it depends on what kind of look you are trying to achieve 🙂

Original photo (taken with a Nikon D40, 18-200mm lens)
Original photo

Touched-up edited photo (using Lightroom 2)
Touched-up edited photo

Well, at the end of the day, I didn’t end up using this photo for my assignment as it really didn’t meet the requirements of the brief. I ended up selecting 5 photos taken at different times of the day with 3 different cameras — Canon IXUS 850 IS, Pentax K10D and Nikon D40. It really just goes to show that you don’t need a super duper DSLR to take great shots! It all comes down to being there at the right place, at the right time 🙂

“You don’t have to be a great photographer to take great pictures!”

Hope you like ’em!

Title of the album: The different faces (phases) of the sun

1. Sunrise jumper (credit goes to Jay for being the model of the day. This photo was taken with a Canon IXUS.)
Sunrise jumper

2. Just before the rain (This photo was taken with a Canon IXUS)
Just before the rain

3. The sun-star (This photo was taken with a Pentax)
The sun-star

4. By the waters (This photo was taken with a Nikon D40)
By the waters

5. Watching the shadows (This photo was taken with a Nikon D40)
Watching the shadows

Note: You may also like to go to the My Nikon Life – Assignments section to view submissions from other photographers.

cafe ish

Happy 4th of July people! Hope that you had an awesome weekend!

So, after reading a couple of food blogger’s recommendations (in particular, Chocolatesuze and Here Comes the Food), my boyfriend and I decided to go to cafe ish (82 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia) for brunch yesterday. cafe ish is a tiny little cosy cafe, which serves a brilliant and unique combination of native Australian and Japanese food.

cafe ish

As we both love to indulge in our breakfast fare, we decided to go with the traditional coffee + breakfast combo (even though it was about 2pm in the afternoon!). My boyfriend ordered the much talked about Wattle Maccacino and Crab Omelette, while I ordered the Hot Chocolate and cafe ish’s take on Eggs Benedict (aka Benedict ish).

To tell you the truth, I’m not much of a coffee fan myself but I did have a sip of the Wattle Maccacino. It was very nice and soothing, but most importantly not too bitter for my taste. I guess the use of both wattle seed and macadamia somehow manage to disguise the bitter coffee taste. It was nonetheless a very well done and satisfying cuppa (says my boyfriend, a former barrister and coffee lover).

Wattle Maccacino
Wattle Maccacino

My hot chocolate was made just the way I like it. Served in a ‘hug mug’, not too ‘milky’ but ‘chocolaty’ enough… it was oh so yummy! It was gone within a minute of me laying my eyes on it =)

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

Flower display at cafe ish — Just loved the colours!
Flower

But the highlight of the brunch has got to be the dishes (and not forgetting our chat with Josh, the head chef and co-owner of the cafe – read more about that later in this post). Our mouth-watering dishes arrived at the table and we had never seen anything quite like it before. It was definitely worth a picture!!

My Benedict ish with Turkish toast was just absolutely gorgeous. The very nicely done soft shell crab just gave the traditional Eggs Benedict a whole new look and taste. While the typical Eggs Benedict (served with either ham or smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce on a muffin) can be quite filling and heavy; the Benedict ish was light and delicious and kept you going back for more! My boyfriend had a taste of it and wanted to swap dishes… but of course I said No! LOLs.

Benedict ish (Crispy crab, sautéed spinach, poached egg, toast and sake hollandaise)
Benedict ish

Benedict ish – Take 2 (this picture was taken by my boyfriend)
Benedict ish

The Crab Omelette was very nicely done as well. Neatly wrapped inside were the soft shell crab and avocado, and on top of it was a beautiful dressing which gave the dish a nice balance of sweetness, spiciness, and saltiness…

Crab Omelette (Crispy crab, avocado, shallot, garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing and lime)
Crab Omelette

Pepper grinder (left), Green Tea – Genmaicha (right)
Pepper grinder and Genmaicha

The other thing that caught my eye (and taste buds) at cafe ish was the cute pepper grinder and condiment plate with three different types of salt – citrus, volcano and green tea. I thought it was a rather clever idea and unique experience for me. I liked the citrus salt the best as it gave me a nice tingling sensation. Loved the salty-citrusy feeling… Wouldn’t mind just eating the salt by itself =p But that being said, I thought that all three salts worked really well with my Benedict ish =) At the end of the day, it is all a matter of preference.

Citrus, Volcano & Green Tea salt
Salt condiment - Citrus, Volcano & Green Tea

Now, back to my conversation with Josh…

Josh came down to speak to us after I told him that I was a food blogger* who was just starting up and cafe ish would be my second food blog post. He was very friendly and was quite happy to share with us about his experiences with food bloggers. We spoke about the famous Chocolatesuze + Co. (incl. Billy from A Table for Two and Helen from Grab Your Fork) and that every week without fail, he would get about 3-4 huge cameras (in comparison to my baby Nikon D40) clicking away in his cafe… Needless to say, he was initially a little bothered by it but he’s getting more accustomed to the droves of people coming in to take pictures and blogging about it (just as long as you ask permission first! ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ are the magic words…) =)

As a closing note, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my second food blog post just as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Special thanks to Josh and Ai for being so welcoming and for sharing with us your amazing food. Please follow cafe ish on twitter and do check out the cafe (if you haven’t already done so!). cafe ish is open 7 days a week for breakfast.

*Note: I did mention that I was a food blogger but my focus is on the actual food photography as opposed to writing up foodie articles. I love my food but I am still learning the art of food talk and blogging. I am trying to gain more practice on how to put my thoughts into words… So, please bear with me. In the meantime, please allow me to let my humble pictures do the talking 🙂

Have a great week ahead!

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Hello everyone! Well, after a week of reading a couple of hundred website design tips and fiddling around with my site, I’m finally ready to publish my first official post.

So, first up is my food experience at the Bentley Restaurant & Bar situated at 320 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. I was very fortunate to have been invited to dinner last Wednesday by Connie and some friends. There were 5 of us in total and so we started off with some cocktails, a glass of champagne (for me), and appetisers to share. We then ordered a couple of entrees, followed by a main each and desserts to finish off the night.

My favourite dishes for the night were definitely the desserts! I’m normally not much of a dessert fan (except when it comes to chocolate and crème brûlée…) but these desserts were simply heavenly! =)

So, if you’re looking for a relaxing night out with a couple of friends at an exquisite restaurant that serves Modern European food, then I recommend the Bentley. The food was gorgeous, well-plated and served, and the service was excellent! We had a dedicated staff taking care of our table throughout the night and she was very attentive to our needs. Extra mention to the chef who even divided my portion of Lamb Rump (main dish) into two equal servings as I was sharing it with my boyfriend. Price wise, you’re looking at about A$80-A$100 per person.

Hope that you enjoy the photos below!

Note: These photos were taken with a Nikon D300. As the lighting was very dim in the restaurant, I had to process the photos to fix up the colours and brightness of it. I used a simple and free photo editing program, Picasa to fix the photos and add my watermark.

Appetisers

Kingfish Ceviche (with pickled diakon & yuzu mayonnaise)
Kingfish Ceviche

Parmesan Custard (with truffle asparagus)
Parmesan Custard

Duck Liver Foie Gras Parfait (with puffed rice & pickled raisin)
Duck Liver Foie Gras Parfait

Smoked Eel Parfait (with white soy, kombu & seaweed)
Smoked Eel Parfait

Entrees

Ocean Trout (with ocean trout mousse & fennel pollen)
Ocean Trout

Pork Belly (with green olive, apple, tonka & miso)
Pork Belly

Mains

Poached Barramundi (with white asparagus custard & beetroot)
Poached Barramundi

Slow Roast Duck Breast (with cuttlefish & mushroom)
Slow Roast Duck Breast

Lamb Rump (with zucchini flower & hazelnut) – the picture featured here only displays half the portion of the lamb rump.
Lamb Rump

Fillet of Black Angus Beef (with beef tendon & burnt onion mayonnaise)
Fillet of Black Angus Beef

Sides

Maize Chips (aka jengka chips!)
Maize Chips

Dessert

Peanut Sponge (with banana, lime and condensed milk ice cream)
Peanut Sponge

Caramelised Pineapple (with barley cream & beer sorbet)
Caramelised Pineapple

Toast Custard (with lychee puree & chocolate parfait)
Toast Custard