These is my entry for the "Culinary Creations" contest. I figured that Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee would be a brilliant time to create something for this contest. I could spend ages listing what I WANTED to do for this, but the baking gods were against me and that list is very long... so instead, this is what you see in the photo:
The cupcakes are white chocolate with blue, red and white vanilla buttercream frosting, and strawberries.
Personally I don't like white chocolate, but it's the stuff of gods when it's in cake. Honestly, I encourage you to try it.
The decision to use strawberries, in all honesty, was not just because they're a "British" fruit; it was to make the cake less blue. (My red food colourings aren't very good, and gave me disappointing, aka non existent, results.) Originally I was going to make a second batch of cupcakes, and use the strawberries in those. However, when my grandad commented about how these looked "like my patriotism was absorbed in Doctor Who" I decided to rethink my ideas. I'm glad he did point this out to me, because I'm much more impressed with my end result than if they'd been left without the strawberries.
The weather let me down, as I originally wanted to cover my garden in bunting and photograph the cakes outside. So instead, I had to settle for digging out a roll of white wallpaper to create a clean backdrop. It took me a while to get the composition of the photo, because of how empty a white backdrop is, and due to the lack of suitable props in my house. After half an hour of trying to position cupcakes in the background, and someone letting my cat into the kitchen ( <_< ), I settled for the 2 tier cake stand because I feel its design fits in well with the idea of tea and cakes. Which, as we all know, is a bygone Sunday afternoon tradition - so I suppose I'm also honouring that in this photograph.
Taken on a broken digital camera, then touched up in Photoshop.
This is my entry for the culinary arts still life contest. They asked for creative so that is what i tried to do. I really wanted to make something creative, not just food wise but in the presentation and staging too. I also wanted to show that art doesn't have to be a painting or drawing to be interesting, art comes in all shapes and forms and i feel that the culinary arts and still life photography section gets over looked far too much. It can take just as much time and planning to create and photograph the perfect dish/photo as it does to paint for example.
On to the food. Two tiny cupcakes the size of a 2p coin filled with vanilla sponge in a silicone mold, topped with chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. The canvas is a square homemade shortbread cookie decorated with rolled white and pink royal icing, piped with more chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. On the "table" (a box covered with a table cloth) is some left over sprinkles as creating art is a messy business, well it is for me anyway!
As always i got my idea at 3:30am this morning and baking by 6am!
A long time ago... my father took me camping for the very first time. I was all of 8 and a fairly adventurous child with a vivid memory. I will always remember it clearly - the fire he fire looked like it was made of tall towers of crystals that seemed to dance in harmony with the trees and with every gust of wind that swept past the clearing where our tent was set up. It was ethereal and as you can see - quite unforgettable
This was the first time I've made a diaorama, and it's SO much FUN! Almost everything was made by hand using clay, wire, glue, acrylic paint, thermocol, cardboard, paper, canvas, gel wax, jute rope. The fire was made using plastic decorative beads. I wanted to give it the look and feel of the glimmering crystal like flames I remembered it to be. Besides the fire only the pebbles, dry moss, stones and a few of the plastic plants in the extreme background (which can't actually be seen) were not made by me.
The Fire also has a LED light beneath it that gives it that awesome glow!
It is my entry for the Think Pink IV contest : [link] - The category is photography
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Model : Petit Ours ( Lil Bear)
I did an entire session photo with Bear especially for this contest.
The sweet shirt under Bear is a Pink Panther, Pink attitude shirt for breast cancer ! I have tried by all the ways to capture the Panther and Bear but without success ... LoL
Bear as Nahum have both the cancer of the adrenal glands. After to have been maintained fine with the injections of Lupron now they have an implant under the skin which regularises the balance of the hormones and help to slow down the grown of the adrenal glands.