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Camp Food

It’s hard to beat sitting around an evening campfire listening to the sounds of the woods as night falls. When you add the sounds and smells of food cooking over the open flames, life is truly good. Mary Jane makes this amazing meal; layering potatoes, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, onions and sausage, dotted with butter and drizzled with olive oil, all wrapped in a foil oven. Then it’s 30 minutes in the coals, plated on warm camp ware and served with a nice red wine or cold beer. People from other campsites follow the smells and ask us what we’re eating. You can check out other camping recipes at About.com Camping.

 

Mary Jane’s famous camp dinner.

 

I shot the image on the left with a Lensbaby Composer. These are really fun; rent one and try it out. You can get a similar effect in Photoshop with one of their blur filters (that’s what I did for the campsite image below).

 

Painting our campsite with light.

 

Splash and Flash; Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

This area just north of Santa Cruz is full of redwoods, banana slugs, newts, organic farms, and lighthouses. It’s beautiful in the spring when everything is green and there’s still chances of rain. Rain is good in the forest, just put your rubber boots on and keep shooting.

Big Basin Redwoods State ParkRedwoods and fog

I was photographing this banana slug and reached over to move my reflector, which was attached to my tripod leg with a really useful tool called the plamp.  Anyway, as I moved the reflector my tripod fell off the bank into the creek. Luckily the creek wasn’t too deep, but I still had to wade into the water to fetch it back. Just dried off the tripod and went back to photographing.

Tripod overboard - fortunately the creek wasn't very deep.My tripod sans camera
Banana slugAn eight inch Banana slug

Wireless flash again with the really cute young Ensatina and a little forest of moss sporophytes. Used 2 flashes, a small softbox and the amazing Justin flash clamps.

Ensatina in little forest of moss.An Ensatina salamander in moss forest