Week 3: Full Manual x Technical

r/WeeklyPhotos week 3 challenge is Full Manual x Technical.

I captured this water droplet at Cranbrook on a windy day, precariously standing on a slope. It was physically challenging, as well as technically, since I was adjusting my focus manually and this branch would not sit still. But I’m thrilled with the capture and the way the photo came out overall.

I’m also pretty thrilled with my post-processing edit. I think I did a great job with adjusting the colors to my liking, but also to showcase the beauty of this shot more eloquently.

This week gave me the opportunity to step back into my comfort zone. As you all know by now, I absolutely adore photographing nature. It’s difficult to find flowers in their natural settings in the winter, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t interesting dead leaves (and the dirty ground…) to capture. Especially here in the Metro Detroit area.

Here’s the technical breakdown:

Exp 1/320
ISO 200
35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR lens



Gluten Free Cardamom Crepes


So I have a few recipes up my sleeve that I tried in the past couple months and I wanted to share with you guys.

This first one is super easy and doesn’t actually have a real recipe per se.

I usually make pancakes on Sunday mornings, but I wanted to try making crepes instead, using Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake flour that I always use. I actually have an additional recipe, straight from my great-aunt, from scratch, that I’ll be sharing later.

For now, though, this one is very simple and delicious. Check it:


(Makes ~8 crepes or pancakes)
1 cup Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix
1 egg
1 tbsp canola oil
3/4 cup water
cinnamon and cardamom to taste
Fruits, honey, whipped cream for toppings


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Heat a non-stick pan on high (if you don’t have one, just use spray oil before every crepe) and pour your batter one scoop at a time. Swivel your pan to spread the batter as thinly as you can without breaking. You can also use your ladle to help you out with this if the batter is too thick.
  3. Chop your fruits. Optionally, you can mix them with your honey and set aside while you make the crepes. Stuff your crepes with fruits and roll up, then top with whipped cream or more honey and fruits.


Breakfast Bites

This morning I woke up bright and early (9:30 is early for me, don’t judge) and decided to make something different for breakfast than my usual Sunday pancakes.

I was searching for breakfast ideas yesterday when I ran across a list that featured various muffins and I knew I wanted to make something like that, but I didn’t have time or patience yesterday, so I vowed to do it today.

Lo and behold, I made…breakfast bites? They’re bready eggy oniony turkey bacon wrapped deliciousness. Check out the recipe below, I promise they’re super easy and tasty.


12 slices turkey bacon (or pig bacon)
7-8 eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp Vegeta seasoning (or salt&pepper)
1 onion (2 if they’re small)
1 carrot, grated (or more)
3 slices sourdough bread
feta cheese to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grab a cupcake/muffin pan, spray with oil, line each holder with 1 slice of the turkey bacon, and fill with pieces of the sourdough bread.
  2. Beat your eggs with Vegeta seasoning (or salt and pepper). Add in chopped up onions and whisk together. You may also add in your grated carrot and feta cheese in this part, which I should’ve done (I sprinkled mine on top).
  3. Pour or scoop your egg mixture over each muffin until they’re all evenly coated. If you did not mix your carrot and feta cheese into your eggs, sprinkle them on top now.
  4. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes at 375F. Enjoy!

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I went MIA for nearly two weeks in the middle of some great photos…don’t ask me why, even I don’t know.

Anyway, I’m back with a continuation! This is definitely one of my favorite new photos that I’ve taken. Enough that I decided to stick it on the back of my new business cards! The colors look even better printed out. The blues are deeper and more vibrant which makes the oranges really pop out.

This is the perfect example of what I was talking about in an earlier post about focusing on contrasting colors in my recent pieces.

Hope you enjoy!


P.S. Check out my new cards!


Lavender Bells

Another day, another flower.

This is one of the photos that I was really excited about and decided to get it printed as an 8×10. It looks even better in real life than it does on screen. The lavender’s pop, the bluey-greens balance them out, and there’s an overall calming effect when you look at it.

In editing, I made sure to amp up the glowing lavender of the petals and balance them out with cool greens. I love the final result.



One of my favorite unintentional things (at first) that I noticed while I was doing this shoot was that I was capturing a lot of contrasting color backgrounds for the flowers I was photographing.

During the editing process, however, I had loads of fun playing around with adjusting certain photographs, including this one, so that they’d show a greater contrast between the focus and the background.

In particular, I made a point to shoot more oranges than I normally do. I don’t know if anyone else has trouble with the color orange, but I’ve always found it to be pretentious, especially in sunlight. It doesn’t want to work with me and I’m still trying to figure out the best methods for capturing how gorgeous it can be. I’m pleased with the result of the squashy orange in the background of this photo though.