Time is ever fleeting for most of us, as we rush from moment to moment, only to forget to take in those moments that will never be again. We complain when something slows us down, be it obstacle, that slow driver in front of us, the rotten weather. We never have enough time to do everything that we must get done; we track every moment that we lose waiting for this or that. Check your watch to see how long it took to read this paragraph. Isn’t it over yet? What’s the point of all this writing?
The bull moose doesn’t have a watch, he doesn’t mind the weather, he rushes not to the next moment; he has transcended the whip and the rope.
As many of you know, this past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition.
This was the 9th edition of this annual event, which has become extremely popular with everybody in the area, who might be in the mood for trying some extreme gourmet bites prepared by the best local chefs.
The event is broken down into a couple of phases. A limited ticket sales VIP phase allows those folks who want it a little quieter to enjoy the delicacies during the first hour of the event.
This is followed by the open tasting time, which lasts about two hours. By the end of this time, all votes for the attendees’ favorite dishes need to have been cast.
There was an abundant variety of amazing offerings from local restaurants, ranging from quail to scallops, tenderloin, just too many to list here (I will share some photos of a number of the dishes in a future post).
The line for just about every restaurant booth was long, but that was no reason to be deterred, as there was plenty of food for all attendees.
Next, the judges’ choice and people’s choice award winners are announced, as well as the dessert competition winners; the latter competition is between regional high schools that have culinary programs. The desserts were excellent!
Then the grand finale event kicks off: an Iron Chef style 30 minute cooking competition with ingredients from a mystery basket!
This year, most of the ingredients were locally sourced with a winter squash, lamb and local cheese, as the key elements.
It always amazes me, how much these talented chefs can accomplish in a mere 30 minutes. They didn’t even look rushed, as it didn’t come down to the last couple of seconds to get their dishes on the 7 plates for the judges.
There were several approaches taken by the chefs in tackling the ingredients to come up with a cohesive dish. The winter squash was the first item for each chef to prepare, as it takes the longest to cook to a point where it becomes ready for a plate.
During the competition, you could tell that each chef came to certain decision points, where they weighed their options. The chef would either stand for some second contemplating their next step, or go over to the pantry to look for inspiration in the great stock of ingredients.
As I had the privilege of being able to photograph the competition on stage, I also had the pleasure of enjoying the aromas that were being developed in each chef’s dish; I’m sure each dish tasted as good as it smelled.
After the judges, some of whom are previous Worcester’s Best Chef Competition winners, finished tasting and conferring, Chef Bill Nemeroff of the International Golf Club and resort in Bolton, MA, was declared the winner.
Congratulations to all chefs, as each performed magnificently!
Last week’s image was of a Golden Retriever clearing a jump on a nice, sunny day. Today’s photo shows you that agility competitions are not always blessed with wonderful weather, but the contest continues!
This shot came from a competition in Broomfield, Massachusetts, held in October of 2006. The morning conditions were abysmal with rain and wind sending everyone looking for a place to stay dry and warm.
None of the weather could hold back this Border Collie blasting through the chute and sending water flying everywhere!!
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkII, using a 70-200 F2.8L lens. Due to the weather, I had to push the ISO up to 1600, so that I could get this shot at 1/400 second at f/4.5. Clearly, it’s not a perfect image, but it got the sense of the day across rather effectively.
I may just have to do a series of posts of the Yoga Tree in her various seasonal outfits; I’ll have to think how I want to organize it, but for now…here’s a little taste!
As you can tell from this image, she’s progressing in dropping her leaves, which have beautiful shades of color at this time of year. It’s almost, as if she is stretching out of a slumber that was induced by the blanket of leaves that she carried during the Spring and Summer months.
Looking forward to hearing what you think of this image!
The Wednesday Wonderment series examines some of the things that amaze and inspire me; lots will be in nature, but there may be some surprises.
“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”
― Albert Einstein
Today’s image is all about structure. Nature provides us with a dazzling array of structures that are optimized for the function that they perform. Such is the case here with this palm leaf, which is perfectly folded to provide the strength needed to support its size, which allows it to capture as many of the sun’s vital rays as possible.
Structure that lends strength is seen in many places in nature, maybe none more dramatic than the giant sequoias.
There is also beauty in these forms beyond just the functional aspect; this beauty has us coming back time and again to appreciate a level of perfection that is rarely achieved in human endeavors.
What structure in nature is your favorite? What draws you in when you look at it?
Thank you for reading this post; I hope you enjoyed it!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with a 17-40mm F4 lens. F-stop used was f/8 at 1/25 second, ISO 640.
As today’s Tuesday Technique Topic is part 1 of 3 on abstract photography, as I have approached it thus far, it might be nice to share an outlier from this part of my portfolio with you.
The title of this image is a reference to the theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory. If we look deep enough into the underlying structure of all that surrounds us, its structure shall become apparent and reveal the great secrets of the universe.
Technical Aspects of the Image
I created this image using a zoom-blur technique with an exposure time of appr. 1/3 of a second. The camera I used a Canon EOS 5D MkII with a 24-105 lens. It took about 3 or 4 attempts to really get the effect that I was looking for, as I wanted the stringiness to come through while acquiring the speed of the universe throughout the edges of the image.
Hope you enjoy this little exploration of the universe.