Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Still Life & the Difference Between the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 Lens

Difference Between the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 Lens
I am having fun playing with a new lens today.  I have updated and purchased a new 50mm f/1.4 lens, which is the perfect lens for these still life tea shots.  I am posting this so if anyone is having a hard time deciding about which 50mm lens to go with you can see how it works in these photos.  

Difference Between the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 Lens
I love trying out different angles with the new lens to see what it's capabilities are.  As with most equipment; if you can afford to upgrade, the nicest perk is it just makes your job a whole lot easier.  In this shot I am focusing on the tulips.

Difference Between the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 Lens
And in this shot, I have made the focal point the teacups.  You can see how nice and sharp it gets the main subject while everything else will not be quite as sharp.

Difference Between the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and f/1.4 Lens
I just happened to take the exact same photo with the new lens that I had taken on the blog a year ago.  Here on the left is the old 50mm lens the f/1.8 and on the right is the new  f/1.4.  The photo on the left is only focused on the surface nearest the camera and, I am speaking of using the lens on  Auto Focus only.   That is really the best that f/1.8 lens will do.  It will always focus on the item nearest the camera; the surface of the teacup I have the arrow on.  Whereas the photo on the right is focused in three areas creating a sharper image overall.  The new lens (f/1.4) is much easier to manipulate to get different focal points with.  Here is a very technical article from Adorama that gives you more of a detailed description of why the lenses vary.  The cost difference is significant; the lens on the left is around $100 and the lens on the right is four times that.  I looked for side by side pictures like this for over two years and had a hard time finding any to decide if I really wanted to spend the money and upgrade to this lens. The thing that finally sold me was that Matthew Mead suggested using this lens and well if it is good enough for him it was just the lens I was looking for.  I hope this helps anyone looking to compare these two Canon 50mm lenses.

Sherry

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Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen

Monday, March 2, 2015

In the Pink

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
I  am dreaming of spring today with these pink tulips.  We have about 7 inches of snow on the ground outside and yet another snow day today. Ugh!

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
But, my tea and tulips are taking me away to prettier days.

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
The gorgeous chintzware pattern is Welbeck by Royal Winton.
Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
This teacup pattern is Coronado by Johnson Brothers.  

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
I hope where you are it is starting to look like spring.  

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home Sweet Home #209

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home.  This week I photographed a little miniature rose in A Rose in the Snow.

The family requested I make my Chicken Enchiladas and I took new photos for the blog too.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Marcia's Cottage shared a gorgeous Downton Abbey tea event she attended in Teapots, Nests, Roses, and Lemons.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas shared her Christmas kitchen a little late but; it is worth seeing no matter what time of the  year, in Kitchen Leftovers That Sparkle.

Kathleen at Charm Bracelet Diva shared How to Make a Map Coordinates Pillow-Ikea Pillow Hack.  I love decorating with maps so this really appealed to me!

Alexandra at Prairie Charm shared her lovely Kitchen Before and After

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is a family favorite.  The guys ask me to make it all the time.  I posted it on my blog when I first started blogging and I thought it was time for a photo reshoot.  

Ingredients:
2 T.  butter
2  lg. onion, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 (4.5 oz.) can diced green chiles
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth
1/2 cup salsa
10 (7-inch) flour tortillas
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; stir often; add onion and cook until caramelized. Reduce heat to low and add chopped chicken,  cream cheese, salt, and pepper.  Pulse chiles, small onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and sugar in a blender or food processor until combined.  Bring chile mixture and chicken broth to a broil in a saucepan over high heat; cook 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in salsa.  Spread 1/3 chile mixture evenly on bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking dish.  Spoon chicken mixture evenly down center of each tortilla; roll up and place, seam side down, in prepared baking dish.  Top with remaining chile mixture; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Recipe source: Southern Living


Here is my original photo from this recipe post from 2010.  I have improved a little on my food photography since then. 

Now, I like to shoot the photo like your sitting at the table about to take the next bite. 
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life

Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Rose in the Snow

I found a little miniature rose on clearance at the grocery store this weekend.  It was a welcome sight since we have been covered with snow for over a week.  The children have been out of school for the whole week too.  I am ready to see things blooming and the birds singing again.  

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
~ Victor Hugo

Have you been snowed in?  Are you ready for spring too?  It will be here soon.
Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an  E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Home Sweet Home #208

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared three Warm Winter Soups I made for my son's birthday this past weekend.

I talked about My Role as Dr. Mom and the use of essential oils.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.
Everyone was sharing many love filled posts for Valentine's Day last week.


Patti at Old Things New shared this recipe in Chocolate Raspberry Love.

Laurie at Heaven's Walk shared a post about a different kind of love in The Love That Breaks a Heart.  Laurie has shared a post like this before at HSH but I think it is important to highlight it because she has an unbelievably eloquent way of expressing her feelings and it is touching in so many ways.  I am so happy she finds a way to write about it and love her dearly for sharing it. 

Cathy at Vintage Paint and More shared a lovely DIY Valentine Mantel.


Monika at Handmade Creations shared some lovely things in Happiness is Handmade.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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