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Bonjour mon amis!

…well, it’s day two here in Paris, and without going into all of the emotional baggage, it has been hard to adjust.

I always knew that I just knew a little French…but I didn’t know how little that indeed was.  Putting sentences together is not my specialty at the moment.  Sure, I can say all sorts of French things in my head, and they sound absolutely lovely (some of which, I’m not sure what they mean, but they are in there), but once I start to speak, it becomes a mix of stuttering half French/half English babble.

Frankly put, after a lovely but embarrassing dinner party upon my arrival last night, I was a little fearful of going outside on my own to buy food.

It took the morning and most of the afternoon before I decided that my bag of ‘airplane snack’ pumpkin seeds was just not going to be enough substance for the day.  I made a plan, I would only buy things that I knew how to pronounce – took a deep breath – put on my coat and boots – and headed out the door.

In the end, I succeeded in buying all of the things that I set out for, with only a small amount of embarrassment.  Who knew buying produce would be such a task?!…

Here is what I purchased:

Trois Oranges,

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Deux Pommes,

apples

Une Petite Baguette,

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et Une Eclair Cafe (impulse purchase and YUMMY!)

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And yes, it was very nice to finally get outside, and walk around – just had to let go of that initial fear.

Tomorrow is another day, and I certainly have a lot of time to explore!

I’m pretty sure language lessons are in my not too distant future as well – then perhaps I won’t be just eating fruit and baguettes!?

 

 

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Last night, I joined a group of about 40+ Flickrites at EMP/Seattle Center for an evening of light-weight strobe lighting and gussied up models.  There were umbrellas EVERYWHERE!

I knew going into it that what I was about to participate in wasn’t really my ‘thing’ – give me the sun and maybe a white card or two and I’m a happy girl.  But I thought this posed a challenge to the normal ‘sun kissed’ photos – not to mention there would be models at my disposal – another unique, “I don’t normally shoot people”, out of my element sort of experiment.

I’m always amazed by how pleased I am when I do have people in the shot.  When shooting food it is always about trying to find the life on the plate, where with people, all you have to do is tell them where to sit/stand and life is just blaring through the lens.  I understand why people like to shoot portraits – it is quite magical.

Well, trying to stay true to my passion and craft, I brought a prop along with me.  I first thought cupcakes, but then I remembered where we were shooting (near the fun forest theme park), so I opted for pink cotton candy instead.  A food photographer can’t shoot without food!

It was a lot of fun.

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After leaving the Springfield Farmer’s Market on Adams St, this is what I came to know:  It’s small, it has a decent selection of fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, nuts and natural body care, and that I should have put on some sun screen because it was so bright and sunny that I now have a pretty nasty sunburn (I was only there for 30minutes!?).

Here are some pictures of my 1,800 seconds at the market:

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flowers-jars

basil-turnips

chard-onions

flowers-cherries

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Next post: Fish and Shellfish!

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