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lemon sorbet margaritas August 6, 2010

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays,portfolio — sylvia @ 5:52 pm

In the midst of one of our heat waves, I purchased an ice cream maker. This gorgeous beast has been a blessing (in the heat) and a curse (on our waistlines). This week I decided I needed to make a lemon sorbet. I searched far and wide for a recipe which looked enticing, only to end up adapting the one from the Cuisinart instruction booklet. It didn’t quite turn out like I expected but I found a great use for it!

I think this is much more a granita than a sorbet, and I’m quite sure it could be happily made without an ice cream maker.

lemon sorbet

6 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
2 cups of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest (preferably from organic lemons)

In a glass saucepan, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer until sugar dissolves, approximately 3-5 minutes. Let cool, or refridgerate until needed.

When ready, add lemon juice and zest, and add to your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl and mix until it thickens (25-30 minutes). Mine didn’t thicken, so I just popped it into the freezer for a couple of hours.

lemon sorbet margaritas
serves 4

lemon sorbet, as above
triple sec
sugar and a wedge of lem for rimming the glasses

If the sorbet is in the freezer, pull it out at least 10 minutes before starting.

Place sugar in a shallow dish, and moisten the rim of a margarita glasses with the lemon wedge, then dip in sugar.

Using an ice cream scoop, add 2-3 scoops of lemon sorbet to each glass. Pour an ounce of tequila and a dash of triple sec into each glass and serve.

Perfectly refreshing!

ever wonder what six cups of sugar looks like?

I love food photography but I definitely need to cultivate the patience to do it well. I just want to eat what I’ve made!


negative space July 23, 2010

Filed under: blog,furry,portfolio — sylvia @ 9:29 pm

I’ve now been laid up for four solid days. No working, no shooting, no chores, no play. It’s easy to slip into a funk, especially since I can’t get in my car and clear my head on the open road. Instead, I’ve gotten lost in good TV and terrible movies, the view out my bedroom window, and finally, the creativeLIVE Vision-Driven Photography workshop with David duChemin.

I woke up from a restless nap just as David was answering a question which I had asked often asked myself, and I wish I’d taken notes now that I want to revisit these ideas here. The question, in a nutshell, was how one finds their vision and inspiration if they live in a visually uninteresting place. He said – and I’m paraphrasing poorly here – the low-hanging fruit, the pretty picture, hangs much lower in exotic places. But once you’ve lived there a while it becomes just as hard to see everything with new eyes. His simple advice was to stop being lazy, get out there, and find what we’re passionate about. If you want to photograph textures, gritty industrial stuff, colours, people, whatever… you can find that anywhere. Just find your focus first.

For years, I bemoaned the fact I lived in Southern Ontario rather than British Columbia, or even Australia, where a beautiful vista was always just outside your doorstep. My Small-Town Ontario Project is a direct off-shoot of that train of thought. So every chance I get, I go out into my everyday, and try to find the beauty.

Or sometimes, it’s right inside my house.

Negative Space


divas July 12, 2010

Filed under: blog,clients,portfolio,portraits — sylvia @ 9:13 pm

My good fortune this weekend included a late afternoon session with the beautiful and talented Sonja Gustafson and Taylor Robertson. We had many laughs while testing out – some silly, some sublime – ideas to update our respective portfolios. This area of photography is quite new to me, but I’m so excited to edit this session.

Thank you, Taylor and Sonja, for such a fun afternoon!

Aren’t they gorgeous?


still waters July 8, 2010

UPDATE: Prints of these images are now available in my shop.

For the past year, I’ve been consumed with long exposure photography and have been slowly building up my portfolio in that direction. I love that the images can be serene, powerful, or both.

Is it telling, interesting or merely coincidence that most of the photographers whose long exposure work I admire are male? The same could be said for nature photographers in general, when I pause to think about it. Why is it, ladies, that there are so few of us out in the middle of nowhere?

Here are a few more from Erieau last week, and below, a list of my favourite photographers with great long exposure work.

Favourites – a long list but I really couldn’t boil it down any further!


captain underbite July 6, 2010

Filed under: blog,furry,personal,portfolio — sylvia @ 6:34 pm

I’ve been admiring the photography of Ilona Haus of Scruffy Dog Photography, based in Waterloo Region. Not only does reading her blog make me smile, but it’s made me revisit my own love of pet photography.

Here’s a little more of Tugger, who makes me laugh harder than any of my dogs. Just don’t tell the others!


a little stardust November 22, 2009

Saturday Night at the Stardust Lounge
starring Sonja Gustafson.

Saturday, November 7, 2009.

The Stardust Lounge opens only one night a year, and offers our guests a first-class evening of Jazz and cocktails. This event is an annual fundraiser hosted by the MS Society of Canada, London/Middlesex Chapter.


Hello, winter! November 10, 2009

Filed under: blog,clients,portfolio,portraits — sylvia @ 12:25 pm

Things have really wound down with the cooling temperatures. I’ve been busily working on a secret project, which I hope will come together soon. In the meanwhile, revel at the beauty that is the lovely and talented Sonja Gustafson!