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Nom Nom 83 - Salami

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
Salami is another one of those things that I think you either really like, or are not too bothered about, or hate! It's cured sausage which has been fermented and originates from a variety of animals. It's fragant, if you could call it that, often smelling quite a lot like garlic or pepper. My favourite type is Chorizo - so here's an awesome recipe you could try!

Chorizo Chicken with Potatoe Wedges


Ingredients;
:bulletblack: 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
:bulletblack: 1 teaspoon of olive oil
:bulletblack: 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
:bulletblack: Thin slices of Chorizo
:bulletblack: 2 Skinless chicken breasts
:bulletblack: Thyme for seasoning (dried)

Method;
  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, then toss with the oil, chilli flakes and seasoning. Roast for 10 mins, then remove and reduce the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  2. Lay half the chorizo slices over each chicken breast, overlapping so the chicken is covered, then tuck the edges underneath to secure. Lift onto the baking tray next to the wedges, scatter the wedges with thyme leaves, then roast for 20 mins more, turning the chicken and wedges halfway until golden

eat and enjoy by LordLJCornellPhotos
Italian Sandwich by Rally22Tutta Bella 027. by GermanCityGirl
Combination dinner. by masterdevil89

Good Guys Pizza 003. by GermanCityGirl
My lunch by patchow
salami cheese and crackers by TavNymblewynd
Thin-Crusted Salami Pizza by nosugarjustangerSalami sandwiches by patchow

Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe | Cookies | Lollies | Drink | Grapes | Cross Sections | BBQ | Cereal | Lychee | Pizza | Coconut | Sweets | Lemon | Nutella | Peas | Sandwiches | Smoothies | Croissants | Marzipan. | CAEK | Prawns| Shortbread| Autumn| Green| Yorkshire Puddings | Malteasers | Crumpets | Mint| Pomegranate | Christmas | Chocolate Cake | Roast Potatoes | Jelly | Curry |Bagels. | Nom Nom #79 September: Birthday Cakes. | Nom Nom 78# August - Clams. | Nom Nom 76# Crayfish | Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous | Nom Nom 75# Lasagne.| Nom Nom 81 - Brie | Nom Nom 82 - Salmon

Nom Nom 83 - Salami
Nom Nom is a series of articles posted on a monthly basis which explores a food type and a recipe to go along with it! If you have a suggestion for a 'Nom' for next month please note Kaz-D. Don't forget to :+fav: the article and all of the images included within it! 
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I don't expect you to understand. Nor do I expect you to believe. I always believed in telling the truth unless I got myself confused in which case I would lie as convincingly as I can for as long as humanely possible. My propensity to begin this guide comes from years of staring at glossy picture perfect photographs of far away places. You know those kind of books, the backpackers guide to wherever.... The kind of books that you take for granted the author has seen and experienced the taste of Africa and the smell of China first hand. When in reality they could have wiki'd or google'd or found the information needed for a bestseller with some quick tickle of fingers.

You see, I stood on a bridge on a balmy summers evening with my back to the moon and my chest braced against the breeze. And then quite simply, I let go. I never expected the August wind to carry me, I had no hopes and no expectations. I had no need for any sort of guidance in that tiny numbing gap between life and death, I just knew quite simply, how I was meant to travel it.

Mere moments after I set foot in the afterlife, I was handed a book. No, it wasn't a high quality glossy covered guidebook. It was black and plain, simple. Before I got the chance to lift the cover and peruse the pages beneath its leather casing, they pulled me back. To say I was unhappy, is an understatement. I recall that my return to earth and the life in which I was expected to re-inhabit was a struggle. I kicked, I screamed, some say (to my shame) that I even bit a Nurse and bruised a Doctor. However the most important thing was that when I woke up, properly, I was gripping the book.

~

They tried to take the book from my bruised and battered hands, but I held on. Where on earth they thought I could have got it from, I don't know. It didn't seem important after a while and once I was stable again (a medical term, not psychological), they left me in peace. How many days, weeks or months had passed...I didn't know. All I knew was that in death, I had been given a piece of life. Something to cling on to through the journey that would cause incredible pain and untold misery. Something to get me through the dark days and even darker nights. Something that would leave me questioning not only my existence but the very existence of those around me. For the book told of a life that I had only dreamed of right up until the second I stepped off the parapet that August evening. It was a guidebook with no photographs and certainly couldn't be google'd or wiki'd. It didn't share the taste of Africa or the smell of China and offered no false promises about the quaintness of England or the vibrancy of Japan. Instead, it offered a portable magic - a transparent insight - into the Afterlife.

~

They tried to tell me that in my madness, my only resolution was to throw myself from a precipice. A thing that I had done time and time again when the going got tough. The psychologists told me that I lacked the tiny slice of sanity that most of us inhibited which made it so that instead of throwing ourselves off, we searched for those who could save us from ourselves. I told them I had been born without the tiny slice and instead had developed the singular big slice of ability to detest everyone and everything around me so much that I wished for nothing rather than a something I never had felt a part of. Socially isolated was the term they used to describe and define me over and over again during the road to my supposed recovery. Have you ever met a lonely person? Have you ever asked them why? It's not because they enjoy solitude that they opt for it. It's because they have tried, time and time again - over and over - to blend in with humanity. And countless times, endlessly, humanity has continued to disappoint them.

~

When I was eight years old, I witnessed death for the first time. We had been moving, my Mother and I, through staccato traffic for fifteen minutes in the growing dusk before she uttered a word at me.
"It's beautiful" she had said softly, her eyes settling on something caught in the headlight reflection bouncing back from the front window. I had leaned forward in my seat, craning my neck to see what had captured her attention and made her speak, a rare occurrence in our relationship. An opaque moth lay helplessly trapped beneath the wiper blades. I had touched the cold glass gently and I pleaded with her to set it free.

We had crept forward, inching along the motorway and the traffic had grown either side of us lacing bored commuters with anxious grandparents and restless teens. People were looking up, pointing. There had been somebody stood on the bridge, an inky sillouhette against a blushing sky.
"Look Mum..." I had pointed but she was already tilting her neck to see the shadow looming above us. Her mouth was set in a grim line and we had both realised, at that moment, what we had missed before. The figure had never been stood on the bridge. Instead they were balancing on the railings that bordered it.

By this time, people had clambered from their cars, windows were wound down and the cool night air had hit my cheeks as we joined ranks. My Mother clenched the steering wheel tightly beneath her hands as the traffic pulled to a complete stop. The air around us had settled as the cars thickened and the collective gasps of the onlookers robbed the oxygen. Before I knew what was really happening, my Mother had reacted with lightning speed - one finger pressing the electric window button and the other hand slamming our car into reverse even though there was nowhere to go.

The figure had jumped. For a few seconds it was possible to make out long hair as limbs flailed and muscle contracted. It had seemed like minutes but it must have been less when the body hit metal, folding gently and sliding down with a soft thud between cars. Something liquid and dark hit the front window of our car and the autmoatic wiper blades kicked in.

I could think of nothing else as I leaned forward to examine the smeary glass, other than the shimmer of opaque colour. I could think only of the moth, the terribly fine wings and the gentle glitter of fairy dust smeared into blood.

~
The Anti Guidebook
Up until the last paragraph, this is unique and although I wrote it some months ago it hasn't been shared with anyone yet. The last 'chapter' as it were, is something that I posted on DeviantArt a long time ago but which seems to fit the direction that this short story is going. Maybe it has the potential to develop into something bigger - we shall see!
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Windswept by Kaz-D
Windswept
We finally added a bit of colour to our garden (it's hard starting a new garden from scratch!) and Maisy posed :D
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Meet Linneaphoto!

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 9:00 AM
Meet Linnéa, a 24 year old wildlife photographer currently based in the UK studying Marine and Natural History Photography. She has shared her photography on DeviantArt for over four years and has an absolutely amazing gallery with some stunning captures of wildlife that show patience, understanding and compassion for nature. You can find linneaphoto here on DeviantArt or elsewhere on her website or Facebook



The Beginning


I've been doing photography all my life but started taking it a bit more seriously when I chose to study photography in college but it wasn't until 2012 when I realized it's wildlife and nature photography that I want to specialize in, which is why I wanted to study this course. I'm currently in my second year and when I finish this course I'm aiming to move back to Sweden, where I'm from, and hopefully keep doing wildlife and nature photography.
Curious polecat by linneaphoto


The Gear


I own a Canon 60D and a Sigma 18-250mm lens however I barely ever use these as I have access to one of the best photography stores in Europe at my university with all the high-end camera gear I require to use for free during the duration of my course. My favourite set-up is a Canon 5D mkIII with a 300mm f/2.8 lens combined with teleconverters if necessary.

My equipment
Cameras: Canon 60D, Canon 1000D, Canon 350D
Lenses: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3, Canon 50mm f/1.8

University equipment I use
Canon cameras: 5D mkIII, 6D, 7D
Canon lenses: 300mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 1.4x, 2x
Nikon cameras: D810, D800E, D600, D7000
Nikon lenses: 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, 600mm f/4, 105mm f/2.8 macro, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1.4x, 2x
Other equipment: GoPro Hero 2, GoPro Hero 3

University underwater equipment
- Nikon D7000 + 60mm f/2.8 macro + Nauticam housing + Sea & Sea strobe x2
- Panasonic Lumix GX1 + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 + Nauticam housing + Sea & Sea strobe


You have so many amazing shots of wildlife, what tips do you have to help other photographers get closer to animals for shots like yours?

Hungry Fox by linneaphoto


Wildlife photography can be very difficult if you don't have access to wildlife on your doorstep which many photographers do, with foxes in their garden and all sorts of wildlife. I've never really had access to wildlife like this but as my knowledge and passion has evolved I've started to pay a lot more attention and I've noticed that there's a lot more interesting species in the area where I live than I first thought. So this is my greatest tip, to start looking around you and pay attention to where you can find these animals and what their behaviour is like. I've done a lot of photography in a few different hides, there are many hides around the world where you can get really close to some of these animals without interrupting their natural behaviour, there might be a hide close to where you live (though there are also many hides built for commercial purposes and therefore cost a lot of money). Parks and nature reserves are also great areas to do wildlife photography, the less human interaction the animals are used to the more "stalking" skills you need, so it might be a good idea to start in areas where the animals are used to us humans and thus easier to get close to.

"Start looking around you and pay attention to where you can find these animals and what their behaviour is like."

In the beginning of my passion for wildlife I started out working with captive animals in zoos and that's a great place to start, but my best advice is to only visit those that work within conservation and give the animals a good life. Captivity is close to never ideal but there are definitely some zoos that are better than others, I myself like ZSL Whipsnade Zoo which has huge enclosures for the animals. However I'm working less and less with zoo photography and more with wild animals but throughout my course I've also had to opportunity to work with two sanctuaries, one for mammals and one for birds of prey. These sanctuaries work hard towards conservation and rehabilitation of wild animals. These sanctuaries has given me the opportunity to get close to animals which I wouldn't have gotten as close to in the wild and let me practice my photography. The sanctuary outside Launceston where I've photographed foxes, water voles, harvest mice, wildcats and polecats is often used by professional filmmakers as well and you'll often find that any animal smaller than a rabbit that is featured in a wildlife documentary is often filmed in captivity as it's otherwise impossible to get close to them and document their natural behaviour.

Could you talk us through how you achieved the below image?


Marsa Shagra Startrails by linneaphoto

This was taken during a trip with my course to the Red Sea in Egypt. This was during the first night, the only night I actually did astrophotography as I felt limited by my poor equipment. When I do startrails I only need 4 simple tools; camera, wide angle lens, tripod and cable release. The better the quality of the camera and lens the better the result. To achieve startrails like these I set my camera to manual mode, 30 seconds shutter speed, lowest aperture and a high ISO, like 1600 or more depending on how much noise your camera creates at these high numbers. Manual focus set on infinity and camera needs to be on continuous mode, then I lock in my cable release and my camera will keep taking photographs until I feel like I'm done, the longer I wait the longer the startrails. A separate exposure for the foreground is likely to be required to get it sharp and correctly exposed. It all comes together in post-processing where I stack all my startrail-shots, blend the layers to 'lighten' and voilá! Foreground can then be added on top with the sky masked out to reveal the startrails. I'm currently working on a project in astrophotography where startrails will be one of my techniques, like such: linneaphoto.deviantart.com/art…

Does your location offer you the chance to capture certain types of photography or specific scenery?



I live in Cornwall as this is where my course is based and it's quite an amazing landscape with lots of opportunities. I mainly focus on wildlife and birds, there are plenty of birds all around the county and recently I've started being a bit more serious about birds and visited specific locations to find specific birds such as snow buntings, black redstarts and water rails. Cornwall is also a great location for landscapes, however I'm more interested in night-time landscapes.

What technique do you use for capturing beautiful softened water like in this photograph?

Gyllyngvase Sunrise by linneaphoto


This photograph was achieved by getting up before sunrise to get the beautiful, soft morning light, the low light, together with the right camera settings, allows the water to naturally become smoother with long shutter speeds. My settings were a small aperture to allow as little light as possible to hit the sensor, the lowest ISO to ensure a good quality and then whatever shutterspeed is require for the correct exposure, hopefully as long as possible. If I would have used ND filters my shutterspeeds would have been even slower and the water even softer.


Huge thanks go to linneaphoto for her insight and sharing some of her tips and hints for wildlife photography!


Hungry Otter by linneaphotoLynx by linneaphoto


Meet Linneaphoto!
Welcome to CRPhotography's interview series which aims to expose amazing photographers here on DeviantArt! If you'd like to be part of the series just note CRPhotography. In the meantime show the artist some love and head over to their page!
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I came to deviantART looking for an outlet to share my literature work. Imagine my surprise when I look back now and find myself, eight years later, a Photography Community Volunteer and an avid Photographer. In fact, I've just spent a year taking a handful of Photos every day as part of the 365 challenge. If you want to talk to me about motivation, inspiration, finding things to Photograph and general 'sticking at stuff' then do please give me a shout!

I started off three years ago as the Abstract and Surreal Photography CV, I then took on Conceptual as well and now I cover General Photography along with 3wyl. My every day work, like so many of us here, is unrelated to Art almost completely.

I'm about to embark on a career as a Care Manager for my local council. I just finished studying a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and I'm about to move into my first house with TouchedD! In my spare time (whenever that is) I like to explore the world with TouchedD, poke dead things with a stick and take my dog who has naughty feet, for walkies.
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Nom Nom 83 - Salami

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
Salami is another one of those things that I think you either really like, or are not too bothered about, or hate! It's cured sausage which has been fermented and originates from a variety of animals. It's fragant, if you could call it that, often smelling quite a lot like garlic or pepper. My favourite type is Chorizo - so here's an awesome recipe you could try!

Chorizo Chicken with Potatoe Wedges


Ingredients;
:bulletblack: 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
:bulletblack: 1 teaspoon of olive oil
:bulletblack: 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
:bulletblack: Thin slices of Chorizo
:bulletblack: 2 Skinless chicken breasts
:bulletblack: Thyme for seasoning (dried)

Method;
  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, then toss with the oil, chilli flakes and seasoning. Roast for 10 mins, then remove and reduce the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  2. Lay half the chorizo slices over each chicken breast, overlapping so the chicken is covered, then tuck the edges underneath to secure. Lift onto the baking tray next to the wedges, scatter the wedges with thyme leaves, then roast for 20 mins more, turning the chicken and wedges halfway until golden

eat and enjoy by LordLJCornellPhotos
Italian Sandwich by Rally22Tutta Bella 027. by GermanCityGirl
Combination dinner. by masterdevil89

Good Guys Pizza 003. by GermanCityGirl
My lunch by patchow
salami cheese and crackers by TavNymblewynd
Thin-Crusted Salami Pizza by nosugarjustangerSalami sandwiches by patchow

Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe | Cookies | Lollies | Drink | Grapes | Cross Sections | BBQ | Cereal | Lychee | Pizza | Coconut | Sweets | Lemon | Nutella | Peas | Sandwiches | Smoothies | Croissants | Marzipan. | CAEK | Prawns| Shortbread| Autumn| Green| Yorkshire Puddings | Malteasers | Crumpets | Mint| Pomegranate | Christmas | Chocolate Cake | Roast Potatoes | Jelly | Curry |Bagels. | Nom Nom #79 September: Birthday Cakes. | Nom Nom 78# August - Clams. | Nom Nom 76# Crayfish | Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous | Nom Nom 75# Lasagne.| Nom Nom 81 - Brie | Nom Nom 82 - Salmon

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