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Over the long weekend my better half I went to Evergreen Brickworks. It is full of beautiful trails, forestry and wild life.

I brought my iPhone and my macro lens. The above is what I was able to capture.

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For the past year or so, I’ve been quite interested in raw food-ism and the holistic hippie-ish kind of lifestyle that goes along with it. Peace, love, happiness, being one with nature, seeking sustenance from only what the planet and sun provides… etc etc.

I’ve gone so far as to join Raw Food Rehab – an online forum and support group for people just getting started with raw foods. Featuring weekly empowering videos, recipes and how-to’s, I’ve become quite attached to the warm and welcoming faces of Penni Shelton and Dara Dubinet. But I gotta say it, raw food-ism is a rich girls hobby.

Before raw foods, I ate mostly frozen dinners. I would wait until the ones I liked were on sale for one or two bucks, then I’d buy about 15 boxes to stock up my freezer. But now that I’m trying to cut out processed foods, these cheap $2 meals are no longer an option. Salads and green smoothies are the key to success in the raw food lifestyle. However, each ingredient in a salad or smoothie costs around a dollar, give or take. If you have many ingredients – tomatoes, cukes, lettuce, onions, cabbage, carrots, etc – a simple salad can start getting kinda pricey.

So anyway, in an effort to try and reduce the costs, I decided to go another round at container gardening. Last year didn’t go so well. I sowed a few seeds, but obviously I wasn’t paying much attention. My better half tried to take over, but ultimately we harvested about 6 peas, 3 stubby carrots, and 2 split tomatoes. I knew had to get into a rhythm with these plants if I wanted them edible.

Since my iPhone is like my right arm, I used an app called RE:minder2 to send me alerts at 7am and 8pm, reminding me to water the plants. So far it’s working! Well, keeping the plants watered is working. The little cucumber pictured above is steadily growing into a fresh, delicious snack! But it hardly makes a dent in shaving some cents off my grocery bills…

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Another macro photo of some flowers in the Junction Triangle Railpath.

I edited it two ways: the one above has a vintage feel to it and the one below has kind of a Betsey Johnson feel. I dig both.

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I shot this photo last summer (2010) but never got around to editing it until now. The photo is of a flower – not sure what type. I made up that latin-ish sounding title.

It was growing in and around the metal mesh fencing in the Junction Triangle Railpath. It reminded me of a graboid monster from my favorite movie Tremors starring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward.

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Yesterday I downloaded the iPhone app called Picture Show. Backstory: Around lunchtime, I decided to make a salad. While washing the romaine lettuce, I noticed a couple dead fruit flies nestled between the base of two leaves. Horny to test out the new app (which by the way is on sale for 99 cents right now), I grabbed my macro jelly lens, positioned the carcases amongst some strawberry tips that were ready for the compost bin, and took some quick shots.

The above are the fruit of my efforts.

You begin by either shooting or importing a photo. To get the ball rolling, there’s a red button in the top right corner that you can tap to generate random mixes of all the different filters and frames. I spent a good 15 minutes cycling through them to see what the app had to offer. Sometimes I’d love the way the colour filter looked on the image, but the frame and the light leak it chose to pair it with just didn’t feel right. You can go into the menus to change each effect.

In version 3.1.1 there are 23 frames styles, 13 noise effects, 10 light leak effects, and 5 different lenses: single, quad, vertical quad, multi-exposure, and halfshot. You can also control the RGB colours, tiltshifting, cropping, flipping, and HDR (which to me is just sharpening). Bonus: Any mixture you create can be saved as a recipe for later use.

Some other features include being able to put text on the image, and sharing/posting your work straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger and Tumblr, or by email. Overall, a very fun app to mess around with. At a sale price of 99 cents, I give this app 5 stars.

One tip I recommend is as soon as you open the program, go straight to the settings and change the resolution to ‘Original’. I edited a couple really nice images and by default they were saved at the lowest setting of 600 x 800. I want my images to be the highest quality possible should I want them printed in future.

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