Phone, food and photography


No, this hasn’t all of a sudden turned into a food blog, though you could be forgiven for thinking that based on the photographs in this post. Stay with me and I promise I will get to the photography part. Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, carrots, parsnip, brussell sprouts (you heard me) and red onions… roll them all around in a little bit of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper… roast them on a cookie sheet for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees turning them gently every 15 minutes… hearty, eh? Just the other weekend while Sam was home from college on winter break he asked if we could do a traditional Sunday dinner… the works with turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. Yikes… the only problem was that I had never actually cooked a turkey before.

They say there’s a first time for everything though, so I hopped onto the Interwebs and searched for directions on how to cook a turkey. Giblets, neck, cavity… interesting… and how best to prepare the birdie for the oven? Feeling bold, I worked my magic on seasoning our farm-fresh bird using a little bit of chicken stock, garlic, onions, butter, rosemary, thyme and more than a dash of white wine. Short version of the story… it was quite the culinary adventure with everything turning out wonderfully, and even though the photo above might not appear all that appetizing, the turkey was cooked to perfection and with all of the fixings it tasted awesome!

I promised to bring this back to photography… Santa recently brought Lori and Sam new iPhones (while I still have my work-issued piece-of-junk Blackberry), and being the gear head I am, I can’t resist picking up and exploring Lori’s phone the minute she sets it down. I admit to having serious phone envy, and am intrigued by the capabilities of this little device, especially when it comes to the camera. Before I got my hands on Lori’s phone I never really understood the spawning of the whole iPhoneography craze… I’ve read about people swearing religiously by this thing, and now I’m starting to get the attraction. It’s a very solid little camera, one that is capable of producing decent quality images and HD video. I just know if I had an iPhone of my own and a camera like this in my pocket all the time I would be making photographs 24/7, instead of only on my every-other-weekend planned and somewhat un-spontaneous photo expeditions.

6 thoughts on “Phone, food and photography

  1. This post made me hungry and hopeful you get that iPhone soon. I was a blackberry guy as well due to the illogical constraints of corporate IT personnel but finally was emancipated last year and have become quite the iPhoneography fan.

    • David Patterson

      Karen… as a kid you wouldn’t get me near Brussell Sprouts, but as I have aged my tastes have changed. In this little medley they add a nice contrast to the other vegetables.

  2. Those vegetables — before and after — are just gorgeous. Looks absolutely delicious. It was nice that Sam got the meal he was after! I changed over last November from a Blackberry to the iPhone and love it, too. We were out on walk yesterday and I used the camera for several fun photos of Grace and a friend’s dog we had with us. Then it was so easy to text them a few pictures of their dog. Every process is so intuitive and easy to do so I do things that may have been possible on the BB but never knew how to do it!

    • David Patterson

      Those Apple designers sure do know what they are doing when it comes to making things that “just work” – and elegantly I might add too. If (when) I join the iPhone user ranks I have no doubt that I will become addicted to the camera… not a bad thing.

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