Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week # 29

Welcome to Black and White Wednesday Week #29.  We have another great selection of fine photographs for your perusing pleasure.  Big thanks to everyone who has contributed this round.

Brii of Brigg is Home will be hosting next week's gallery #30.  Please send your 500 pixels wide images to her (briiblog AT gmail DOT com) from now through Monday 6:00 p.m. New York time.  And please be sure to link to Brii as well as myself in your post.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  See you soon!

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1mezzalunaandparsleysimona
Mezzaluna and Parsley
Simona - Briciole

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 2remnantsofeasterrosa
 3coffeepots
Antique Coffee Pots
Davie - Wild Celery Photography

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 4palmtreesinthewindmalli
 Scullery
Manor Scullery
David - Wild Celery Photography

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 6apricotsonthetree2
Apricots on the Tree 1
Cinzia - Cindystar

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 6apricotsonthetree1
Apricots Up Close
Cinzia - Cindystar

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6redfoxygrapesblooming
Red Fox Grapes Blooming
Cinzia - Cindystar

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8bimblichinmayie
Do You Know Bimbli?
Chinmayie - Love Food Eat

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 9crustybreadlynne
Crusty Bread
Lynne - Cafe Lynnylu

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 10emptinessbrii
Emptiness 1
Brii - Brigg is Home

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 11emptiness2brii
Emptiness 2
Brii - Brigg is Home

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 12makingjapanesecucumberpicklesalessandra

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Black and White Wednesday - The Host Line-Up




UPDATE OCTOBER 3, 2012 - Cinzia of Cindystar will be the new administrator of BWW commencing Week #53, October 10.  Please consult Cinzia or me during the transition period of the next few weeks for any questions you might have. 

Thanks for a wonderful year of your talented Black and White Wednesday contributions!

There are always hosting weeks available.  Please contact me at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com if you are interested in presenting a gallery.

Thanks to everyone who hosts and participates!


Week # 45 - August 15 - Claire - Chez Cayenne - cdmcculloch AT comcast DOT net (Photo size: 500 pixels at image's most long or wide dimension)

Week # 46 - August 22 - Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook - thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com (Photo size: 500 X 700 - either orientation)

Week # 47  - August 29 - Hema - Hema's Adugemane - hemasrini.2007 AT gmail DOT com

Week # 48 - September 5 - Anusha - Tomato Blues - anusapraj AT gmail DOT com

Week # 49 - September 12 - Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook - thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com (Photo size: 500 X 700 - either orientation) 

Week #50   September 19   Haalo - Cook Almost Anything -  haalo AT cookalmostanything DOT com (Photo size: 500 pixels wide)

Week #51 September 26 - Cinzia - Cindystar - casacortella AT tin DOT it

Week #52 October 3 - Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook - thewelleasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com

Week #53 October 10 TBD



To review the new guidelines:

* Post a black and white culinary image on your blog any time through Monday 6:00 p.m. New York time. It does not have to be posted on the Wednesday of the gallery you are submitting for. Promptly send the host your NAME, BLOG NAME, and IMAGE (size to be determined by host*) along with TITLE if you are including one.  Please mention the event and link to this announcement in your post. Should the event be guest hosted, please also add a link to that host's blog. Use of the logo is optional.  *Size requirements will be added to the above hosts details as they become available; otherwise, please default to 500 X 700 pixels either orientation. 

* Because of significant time zone differences, the host will post the gallery on her/his specific Wednesday. Maintaining a deadline of Monday 6:00 p.m. New York time ensures that the host will have time to sort and upload the images before posting the gallery. The host reserves the latitude to post the gallery at any hour during the Wednesday.  UPDATE: It is also at the host's discretion to allow latecomers.

* As usual, there are no restrictions. Your photo needn't be of food, but anything of a culinary nature, from a stack of dishes to a restaurant storefront. You can also submit more than one photo per week, but do ensure that the photos are distinct from each other so that the gallery will represent as much diversity as possible.

For the early inspiration and creation of Black and White Wednesday, please enjoy a look at the inaugural post from July 2011

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #28

As Rajani says in our first featured photo: "Welcome!" to BWW # 28.

I am so pleased with the healthy turnout as the event returns after weeks of hibernation while I took some time to restore body and mind. I will also be hosting next week's edition, but going forward with Week #30, you can expect many of your friends taking turns guest hosting here. Given I am still sorting out the schedule, I will be posting the host roster in a few more days, in addition to the new logo. In the meantime, do welcome this talented assortment of food photographers. I am sure they would appreciate a visit from you. Thank you, all, for your stylish contributions and enthusiasm. See you next week!


1rajaniwelcome
Welcome!
Rajani - My Kitchen Trials

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1Atendrilsintexasclaire
Old Vines
Claire - Chez Chayenne

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2grissinibreadstickssimona
Grissini/Breadsticks
Simona - Briciole

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3morroccanstreetfood1ci
Morrocan Street Vendor
Cinzia - Cindystar

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4morrocanstreetfood2ci
Moroccan Bread
Cinzia - Cindystar

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5morrocanbreaddyptichci
Morrocan Bread Diptych
Cinzia - Cindystar

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5morrocanbutcher
Moroccan Butcher
Cinzia - Cindystar

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6turkishblackeyedpeasaladlisa
Turkish Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Lisa - Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen

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7asparagussihi
Asparagus
Sihi - A Wandering Ladle

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Dining Room ~ Erddig Hall
Dining Room
David - Wild Celery Photography

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8graduatecheesebakebrii
Graduate Cheesecakes
Brii - Brii is Home

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1906 Kitchen Sideboard
Sideboard - Evddig Hall
David - Wild Celery Photography

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9breadandwinesiri
Bread and Wine
Siri - Cooking with Siri

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10cowboysteakrhonda

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Black and White Wednesday Returns on April 18

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Now that I am finally organized and back to blogging on a regular schedule, I am very happy to announce that Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery returns next week on Wednesday, April 18.

There are, however, a few small changes in the dynamics of how the weekly event will be run and hosted. Although I dearly wish I could continue the pace of fielding your images and presenting them in real time on the Wednesday of the event, I (and other hosts) will be accepting your talented contributions for several days before they are put up in a gallery on each Wednesday. The guest hosts will be featured for as many weeks as the event continues to hold interest. Given its popular twenty-seven week stint prior to my blogging break, I do expect another long and happy run, likely through the end of this year, perhaps into next. I am now booking host requests, which I will post at least four weeks ahead. There will also be a short announcement here every week to advise who the current host is, as well as the email address and homepage link for that host. If you are interested in hosting a week, please leave a comment with your contact information or send me an email (see address below), and I will arrange with you for a slot which suits your schedule.

The new guidelines, therefore, are now:

* Post a black and white culinary image on your blog from now through Monday 6:00 p.m. New York time. Promptly send the host your NAME, BLOG NAME, and IMAGE (size to be determined by host). Please mention the event and link to this announcement in your post. Should the event be guest hosted, please also add a link to that host's blog. I am working on a new logo; its inclusion in your post is optional.

* Because of significant time zone differences, the host will post the gallery on her/his specific Wednesday. Maintaining a deadline of Monday 6:00 p.m. New York time ensures that the host will have time to sort and upload the images before posting the gallery. The host reserves the latitude to post the gallery at any hour during the Wednesday.

* As usual, there are no restrictions. Your photo needn't be of food, but anything of a culinary nature, from a stack of dishes to a restaurant storefront. You can also submit more than one photo per week, but do ensure that the photos are distinct from each other so that the gallery will represent as much diversity as possible.

Since I am kicking off Week # 28, please send your details and approximately 500 X 700 pixel images with BWW in the subject line to thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com.

For further reference, tips, and back story of the event, I am reprising the text of the original announcement below. Thanks in advance for your fine photographs. I'm really looking forward to bringing back Black and White Wednesday in living color. ; )

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Black and white food photos just don't get any respect in my opinion. Everyone is so gung-ho about color, and while I cannot argue against the naturally sensuous and appetizing default qualities of color (after all, food is in color), there is something to be said about the unique tonality of monochrome photography, the sublime textures which can pop when a color-to-B/W conversion is finessed in your processing software. I'll bet you have more than one photo that you growl about because its cast is too yellow, green, or blue regardless of whether you shoot under natural or artificial light. Black and white can dramatically impact your images and train your eye to view highlights, shadows, and midtones in a whole new light, if you'll pardon the photog pun.
So, what I am proposing is Black and White Wednesday, a new culinary photo event which will run weekly and feature food-related imagery. Your photo/s need not be of actual food, but also of the preparation, presentation, and consumption of it. There are restaurants, with their facades, signs, and awnings, kitchens and staffs; sidewalk cafes and umbrella tables; street food (carts, kiosks, food trucks); food courts and fast-food joints; farmers markets, stalls, stores, grocery shelves; and pressing your lens, rather than your nose, against that bakery window. Look, too, at what's going on inside your own kitchens and dining areas: pantries, pot racks, tools and utensils, appliances; glassware, dishes, and utensils; set tables, buffets, cocktail and dinner parties, and picnics; and friends, neighbors, and strangers sitting on curbs chomping down corn on the cob or licking the drips off ice cream cones. Whether it's a bowl of rice to a pot of bouillabaisse bubbling on your stove, leave no crumb unturned.

Participation is as easy as I can possibly make it. You don't need a story nor a recipe nor a location. There will be no competing, curating, nor critiquing. Even though I've created a logo, its use is optional. For those who use Twitter, I've created a hashtag (#BWFood) to make it easier to find related conversations.

The image/s can be ancient or shot the same day as posted, but you must be the owner and hold the copyright. This event is open to all: vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores, but please refrain from submitting images that would require a strong stomach. If you need any sort of clarity, please send me an email. I will respond quickly.


Tips for Black and White Images:

* Adjust your digital camera settings (either in auto modes or manually) to shoot in B/W. Aim for a correctly exposed image to minimize corrections later on, or ...

* Shoot in color, then play with the different B/W conversion tools in your processing software. Most software offers the simplicity of a click or the manipulation of sliders. There are several tools such as desaturation and removal of color with effects that are less sophisticated and visually arresting as others, but do, in fact, do the job. If you choose these methods, you have the option of further refining the highlights, shadows, and midtones by working with the levels dialogue box. Levels can adjust the lighting to brighten and darken areas of your image, as well as change contrast, for more drama.

* Experiment with different B/W filter effects, such as Green, Orange, or Infrared. These filters will not actually impart colors onto your images, but manipulate the light waves to create very different B/W looks. Some of these effects will be more attractive to you than others based on composition, subject matter, and personal taste. Although all B/W photos have vague warm or cool tones, you will find that filters such as Sepia or Cyanotype will tint your images with either discernibly brown or blue tones. Given the inexact and debatable nature of the definition of monochrome/grayscale, and that color monitors are not equally calibrated, nor do our very human eyes register color exactly as those of the next gal/fellow, I will also feature monochrome/grayscale images with Sepia and Cyanotype tones in addition to the obviously well-known and traditional B/Ws. Please know, though, that B/Ws tinted pink, purple, green, cobalt, etc., are best suited elsewhere; perhaps there is a Flickr group which specializes in these images.

*Always consult the Help feature of your processing software for additional techniques specific to your brand.

* Consider shooting film. The tonal range of B/W film makes for extraordinary images that are very natural and attractive. In our digital age of the most modern technology, film may seem antiquated and slow, but the results can be quite lovely and virtually impossible to replicate otherwise.

* Don't forget your camera phone. There are many apps that are inexpensive or free which you can download for instant, funky, black and white looks.

* Your post processing can include adding textures such as noise and blur for creative effect.

Let's see...have I left anything out? Oh, yes, that sink full of sudsy, dirty dishes. Really. You'd be surprised at how artfully you can arrange and frame a mess. ; )

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Announcing My Legume Love Affair 46 - Here This Month

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Now that my extended winter and Easter breaks are over, it's time to get back to the serious: the seriously fun business of blogging. After being away for several weeks, I am back with a bang, hosting My Legume Love Affair 46 after a long tenure of outsourcing the duties to fine cooks throughout the world. It is often difficult to believe that this event, which I created back in 2008, still has the staying power that it does. It's an especially delicious treat that I will be presenting April's table of toothsome recipes in a round-up scheduled for early May.

The usual guidelines and monthly prizes apply:

Please...

*Prepare and post a legume-rich recipe (vegetarian/vegan/non-vegetarian; all world cuisines and courses) on your blog between now and April 30, linking to this announcement. With the exception of such legume ingredients as fenugreek and tamarind, which are potent and often used in small amounts, please feature legumes as the stars of your recipes. For this event, legumes are any edible member of the Leguminosae plant family, including derivative ingredients like tofu, bean flours, and bean noodles. For even more diversity, do consider carob, mesquite, alfalfa, and peanuts. Although you have many choices, MLLA is about true legumes rather than the French term, l├ęgume, which is defined broadly as all vegetables.

* Email the URL to your post, along with your NAME; BLOG NAME; LOCATION (for purpose of prize drawing/s; will not be published); and a PHOTO of your dish (approximately 400 x 300 pixels, portrait or landscape orientation) to thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com.

* Archived recipes will only be accepted if they are updated and reposted as current.

* Use of the logo is optional, and recipes submitted to other events are permitted.

* Those who do not blog are also welcome to participate and be included in the prize drawing/s. Please send the same details requested above, and I will ensure you are featured in the round-up.

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The following prizes will be awarded via random drawing/s:

(My personal friends and family are not eligible to win.)
  • The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook. This prize is offered by me without influence at my expense, and I will also absorb worldwide shipping charges. F.T.C. Notice: I do not receive any compensation from Amazon.
  • Hurst Bean Box - A case of six bags of the winner's choice of Hurst Bean products, suitable for every diet, sponsored by Hurst Bean. (Due to shipping restrictions, this prize can only be awarded if the winner is a U.S. resident.) F.T.C. Notice: In May 2010, I received (at my request) two Hurst Bean complimentary products which are not available for purchase in my local markets. I do not generally accept free products from Hurst Bean nor am I financially compensated by them.
  • Drawing Structure - If the winner is a U.S. resident, she/he will be the recipient of both Prizes 1 and 2 above. In the event that an international winner is drawn, a second drawing will be conducted from the U.S. pool of entrants to ensure that the Hurst Prize is awarded every month. In these instances, the international winner will receive the book, and the U.S. winner will receive the Hurst Prize.

I'm very much looking forward to your participation. The success and longevity of this event have always been about your creative contributions. Thank you always for your generosity.

(N.B. - After many regrettable delays in scheduling, Black and White Wednesday will resume next week, April 18. The announcement, with minor revised guidelines, will be posted here tomorrow.)