Thanks folks, thank you Chip for the invite. Regarding the "beach" photo, one of the little hobbies I enjoy is toy photography, especially telling a story. When I took this shot, I was thinking, here I am drinking matcha everyday. Small household residents would be naturally curious. And being childlike, they would probably "investigate" when I wasn't keeping an eye on them. They are too small to hold the whisk and the chashaku, so what a MESS that would make.
My brain = other peoples' brains on drugs.
Riene: you should try matcha, it's yummy.
I'm glad to hear you say that, it makes me smile when people want to try a new tea after looking at my photos.
bonjiri wrote: very intimate view of matcha !
Thanks cory, for the comments on my photos. Folks, cory is one of our members whose photography I aspire to. If you haven't looked at his flickr stream, I highly recommend you do.
geeber, thanks. When chip asked me to put up a thread in this section, I felt a little hesitant, because seriously, there's some photographic talent around here. But it occurred to me that photography is as much of a journey as the tea experience itself, and I thought it would be interesting to share some thoughts on mood and intention, as well as some of the technical details.
Sal: more pix coming up! But thank you for inspiration. Before seeing your daily tea-photo, I was struggling with flowers and landscapes, trying to understand why I wasn't making much progress in image quality. I never thought to use still-life photography to learn the basic and more advanced concepts.
Tead: I love the poppet shots too!
Gotta keep it (mostly) tea stuff though. Ha! Thanks for the thumbs up on the first product photo. I liked it the best, but it is definitely more "product" than mood. If I did it again, I'd move the DOF up to f11 to make sure I got the face of the two forward tins razor sharp.
(Also, poor colo - must you tease him so? lol!)
Mrs. Chip: Thank you! hmmm... yes that's my m.o. - sweet, but a little creepy. teehee!
Seriously all, thanks for the nice words, it means a great deal to me.