Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DIY Photography Lamps

I always have problem taking my food pictures especially what I cook for dinner. I depend a lot of natural lightings and during fall and winter that is hard to come by. The sun will set by 4.00pm and my dinner will be done only around 6.30pm. Most of the pictures I took will either come out too dark or too bright if I use the flash.

Amazon.com does sell the Pro Lowell Ego Set but they were too expensive. It cost close to $300.00 for set and it is not worth investing so much money on it since I blog only as a hobby. Carlos went and bought me a small mini studio but I am not too happy with it. I have been nagging him for the longest time to make me a simple lighting since he has all the tools to make it. I show him something I saw on Jugalbandi blog and I am sure he can make it in no time since it’s pretty simple. But knowing Carlos if I want him to make something it is either a proper one or not making it at all.

With some wood and a few other materials this is what he presents to me when I came back from Malaysia. What do you think? Pretty awesome, isn’t it!! THANK YOU SWEETIE.

Getting ready the wood for the lamps

Cutting, drilling, .......

Adjustable height for the light.
Using two different kind of light bulbs. The one on the left is Ego bulb bought from Amazon.

All ready to go.

Here is where I put all my photography props. A permanent spots at the basement.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sign Of Spring?

It’s certainly been a long winter here in PA. I think spring is finally here. Over the weekend the weather was sunny with temperature in the high 70’s. What a perfect day to be outside. Flowers are blooming and many people hang out in the nearby park. With this weather I finally went out to clean up all the death plants to get ready for this season planting. I throw away two huge garbage bags of dead plants. I am looking forward to plant something different this season. I plan to plant egg plants, okra, red and yellow peppers, varieties of lettuce and herbs. No more tomato for me. I am still freaking out over the huge worms.

Time for shorts and flip-flops yet? Nah............ Weather forecast. Will be raining for 3 straight days!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Trip to Malaysia - Cont'd

I am so lazy to update this blog of mine. I just don’t have the mood since I came back. My entire joints still aches a lot and the medicine the doctor gave is not helping much with the pain and the cold weather didn’t help either. I have been reading online about this Chikungunya Fever which I suspect that I got from Malaysia. It said that the older you get the longer it will takes to heal.

I better continue posting some pictures of my trip home. My niece Amelia already starts complaining that I take too long to update my blog. Anyway, here are some pictures of the food I ate back home. Amelia, hope it won’t make you miss home too much ;)

The much awaited local Durian. It taste sooooooooooooooooo good.

Yong Tau Foo from Pudu

'Pun Choy'

The famous Cendol from Melaka

The famous chicken rice balls from Melaka

Dim Sum

Japanese Ramen Noodles


Mee Goreng Mamak from the Clubhouse

Western food from the Clubhouse

Nasi Campur from KLCC food court

Famous fried chicken from 'Wai Sek Kai' in Pudu

Fried Noodles from 'Wai Sek Kai' with lots of 'kerang'

Yau Char Kwai and other fried Chinese bread


Fresh Spring Rolls
After loading up all the food pictures I am feeling hungry now ;)