Margarita (guest post by Kyle Moore)

Margarita in Cinque Terre, Italy on the Beach

In the fall of 2011, I had the opportunity to study and travel in Europe. One of the first and most memorable weekend trips I took was to Cinque Terre, Italy. The steep cliffs seem to be no place for homes or businesses, but the beauty of the area is too good to pass up. I enjoyed this margarita just outside of the most southern of the five (Cinque) lands/towns (Terre), Riomaggiore at a restaurant perched atop the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Aging Gracefully

aging red wine in oak barrels

Aging Gracefully

We are lucky enough here in Virginia to have several nice wineries within easy driving distance.  I always find the oak barrels, often used for aging, to be so interesting.  These particular barrels were especially beautiful set against the blue, fall sky. They were shot on a visit to Villa Appalachia, located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Milk

Milk

Over the weekend, I attended an amazing “photo shooting playground” where various stations were set up for experimentation.  The milk drip station was a favorite.  This was shot at an ISO of 100, aperture of 22, and a 1/2 second shutter speed.  By hitting the shutter just as the drip was released from about a foot above, this was the result.  So much fun! (and lots to learn!)

Green Onions

Green Onions

Shooting food is something that has intrigued me for some time.  I haven’t done much of it, but am hoping to do more as this blog unfolds.  A couple of years ago I was visiting my daughter in Houston, TX, and we stopped by Canino Produce Co.  It was a bit overwhelming, to say the least!  All I can say is, be ready to stock up on great fresh produce, and be sure to take your camera!