Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov 16 - Bundt Cake

I baked this cake yesterday and recipe coming up in few days on my food blog.
Picture of the day in 2013: Long exposure 1
Picture of the day in 2011: Nephew's toy
Picture of the day in 2010: Random picture

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nov 3 - Different Colors & Textures in a Leaf

Doing some catching up on my project 52 weeks themes. This was the theme for last week.
Picture of the day in 2011: Bowl of pomegranate
Picture of the day in 2010: White Ghost

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oct 5 - Chickpeas Crackers

Yesterday it was gloomy and rained most of the day. We had planned to go to a movie but stayed back home as it was raining. I was bored and baked these crackers to keep myself busy. The recipe coming up soon on the is up on the food blog. I am not going to use this photo for the food blog and thought of posting it here to keep this blog active. :)  And yeah, these days this space has become a bump yard for all my unused food pictures :p
Picture of the day in 2013: Glass # 1
Picture of the day in 2011: Towed away
Picture of the day in 2010: It was..

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oct 4 - Crostini

This is an archived picture from last month. Recipe here.
Picture of the day in 2011: Flower vase
Picture of the day in 2010: Art??

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sept 22 - Fall

I picked this pumpkin from the farm went to on Saturday.
Picture of the day in 2013: Light & shadow # 1 & Light & shadow # 2
Picture of the day in 2012: It's girl
Picture of the day in 2011: Gutti vankaya kura

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sept 21 - Fruits & Vegetable Picking

Yesterday I went producing picking with a bunch of my blogging friends. I did not pick up much but had a gala time meeting them and picking produce with them. It was fun!
Picture of the day in 2011: Reading an ebook
Picture of the day in 2010: A recipe from Telugu newspaper

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aug 26 - Plate of Leaves

Inspired by this image, plate of leaves
Picture of the day in 2013: Clouds formation # 2
Picture of the day in 2012: Night
Picture of the day in 2011: S for shadow
Picture of the day in 2010: Birthday cake

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Aug 23 - Bethesda Fountain

Here is another picture of the fountain I took long time ago.
Picture of the day in 2012: Repeating Speed
Picture of the day in 2011: P for Painter in the park
Picture of the day in 2010: Groom's sword

Friday, August 22, 2014

Aug 22 - Girl by the pond

I have fallen way behind on my Project 52 Weeks themes. This week's theme is catching up. I did week #32, imitating or interpreting an artist and the artist is Elliott Erwitt. My picture is no where close to his work but one of his subjects is children. I took this picture of the little girl near the pond in Central Park. Thank you for the pose, little girl!
Picture of the day in 2012: Catchup day, repeating stopping time
Picture of the day in 2011: O for On the rocks
Picture of the day in 2010: Bride's saaree

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aug 21 - Side dish for tonight's dinner

Broad beans curry or chikkudukaya kura recipe here.
Picture of the day in 2012: Catchup day
Picture of the day in 2011: N for Napkins
Picture of the day in 2010: No picture

Friday, August 8, 2014

Aug 8 - Frame it

Day 5 of 30DBFP - Task was to fill the photo frame and decide on the vertical or horizontal frame. I chose vertical frame as I had very few elements in the frame. Recipe for sauteed radish coming soon on food blog.
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2013: Backyard
Picture of the day in 2012: Day 8 of 4 colors - yellow
Picture of the day in 2011: A for Apples
Picture of the day in 2010: Fall in summer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aug 6 - Shallow Depth of Field

I signed up for 30 days to better food photos (30dbfp) project. This picture is part of that project. Whenever I post a picture from that project, I shall mention it. Coming to the greens in the picture, today I was at a farmers market in Union Square and found some purslane, also known as gangavalli kura in Telugu. I made some dal with it. Bowl of dal in the background is gangavalli kura pappu.
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2012: Day 6 of 4 colors - White balance
Picture of the day in 2011: Birthday cake
Picture of the day in 2010: Toys shopping

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 30 - Mystery Cookies

One of my blogging friends shared these cookies she baked for an event. The mystery is what are these cookies made of? We need to wait until she posts the recipe. Thanks Chef Mir, for sharing these with me!
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2013: Street Photography 2
Picture of the day in 2012: Reflection
Picture of the day in 2011: Contrasting colors
Picture of the day in 2010: Smoky mountains cabin

Sunday, July 20, 2014

At a Farmers Market

Produce from Union Square farmers market. It was closing time when I got there and there wasn't much to buy. These onions caught my eye, so fresh and straight from the farm. I did not buy anything except some blueberries.
Camera: iPhone
Picture of the day in 2012: Day 5 of exploration
Picture of the day in 2011: Cookies
Picture of the day in 2010: Chrysler building

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cooking Experiment - Northern Thai Chicken Curry

Northen Thai Chicken Curry was our dinner last night but did not like how it turned out. It was different from most of the Thai curries I have tasted. It tasted more like an Indian chicken curry. It is not going on my food blog.. :(

Picture of the day in 2012: Day 4 of exploration
Picture of the day in 2011: Apple pickle preparation
Picture of the day in 2010: New cookbook

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Empty plate!! and a burp..

I have neglected this space for too long and am kind of missing it; clicking and uploading pictures here. I have also fallen behind in my weekly themes. For some reason I lost interest in clicking for this blog. Although I lost interest in photography in general, I do click pictures for my food blog. So will post some of the those pictures here to motivate myself to revive this space. Whenever the watermark has myspicykitchen, means the picture was taken for my food blog and the recipe is on my food blog or will be update very soon.

Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2012: From the kitchen
Picture of the day in 2011: Seated next to the kitchen

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Week # 23 - Self Portrait 2

Cutting a mango to make some pickle.
Picture of the day in 2012: Connecting the world
Picture of the day in 2011: Street performers
Picture of the day in 2010: Pigeons

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Week #23 - Self Portrait

Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2013: Beat the heat
Picture of the day in 2012: Wet leaves
Picture of the day in 2011: Marina
Picture of the day in 2010: Gifts to UN

Friday, March 7, 2014

Week 10 - Food Styling: Sweet

Recipe will be update on the food blog
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2012: Rain
Picture of the day in 2011: Reflection

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Week 5 - Food Styling: I don't like

I don't like too many props in the frame. Frame looks crowded and cluttered.
Can find the here recipe here.
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2012: Cup of Joe
Picture of the day in 2011: Squirrel on the Tree

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Week 1 - Food Styling: My Choice

Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2013 
Picture of the day in 2012 
Picture of the day in 2011

Week 1 - Look how far we have come

For this theme, we look at some of the old pictures and see the improvement in our photography so far. The last picture is from week 3 of last year. I used the same subject and background that I used a year ago. I do not know how the weather was on that day but today it is a cloudy day. Looking at last year's picture, I am guessing it was a sunny day. Back then I knew my camera had a White Balance setting but did not know how to use it effectively. I always used auto WB. Now I rarely use auto WB for my food photography. I still struggle with it a bit and at times when I am not sure which settings to use, I try both sunny & cloudy setting. Today although it was cloudy, I liked the pictures with sunny WB.  Since it was a cloudy day, I used card boards as reflectors to bounce back the light on to my subject. Below picture is with same setting as above with a different background.
Below picture is from last year.
Camera: Nikon 5100
Picture of the day in 2013 
Picture of the day in 2012 
Picture of the day in 2011

Wish you all a Happy New year!

I am late updating the blog. I am continuing my photo project this year and just like last year, I am doing project 52 weeks. I don't think I have enough motivation nor the energy to do project 365 this year. After doing it for almost 3 years, it is no longer interests me. More than the interest, project 365 needs lot of dedication, discipline and focus to stay on track. I do not want to start a project and give it up half way thru. As it is I missed last couple of weeks of my P 52 weeks last year. At least this year, I intent to be on track and reach the finish line.

This year I am doing two project 52 weeks simultaneously and also a project 12 months. The first project 52 weeks is with the same group I did last year with general themes every week. Project 12 months is with the same group with a monthly theme. We decided to have a weekly & a monthly theme to make it easy on members who have a busy schedule yet want to continue photography the project.

The second project 52 weeks is food styling 52 weeks. All the pictures in this project are only food picture.  Since I more interested in food photography, I am more excited about this project than the other two.  

I have already fallen behind on my themes and hope to catch up very soon. Wish me luck to stay on course and finish these projects successfully.
Picture of the day in 2013 
Picture of the day in 2012 
Picture of the day in 2011