Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015


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The last solar eclipse I managed to observe was in 1999, when I was working in London. As the solar eclipse this year is said to cover about 85% of the sun, I wanted to make sure I did not miss it. I managed to set myself up next to a field not far from home. And then all that was left was to wait and pray for the clouds to clear. Continue reading Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015

Pink Rose


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This is another flower from the Mother’s day bunch. Here it has been given the indoor studio treatment. As the bottom of the rose was fairly dark and did not get much light from the Quantum X2D up top, I had to add an extra reflector below to bounce some of the light to the bottom of the rose. Continue reading Pink Rose

Bee in UV


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Having shot the honey bee in visible light, it is natural to want to know how the bee looks in UV. I had to change my camera to my full-spectrum Olympus E-PL5 in order to shoot this. Continue reading Bee in UV

Sunflower


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One of the flowers we bought for my wife for Mother’s day was a Sunflower. I have been eyeing this flower for many days now, and finally I’ve had a chance to take it to my indoor studio to photograph. Continue reading Sunflower

Extreme macro: Bee


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Another subject I have wanted to photograph in extreme macro is the honey bee. I was fortunate to be able to find a dead specimen in excellent condition to be my model for this shoot. Continue reading Extreme macro: Bee

Extreme macro: Housefly


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As mentioned before, there are many subject matter I have made it my goal to photograph this year. One of them is the extreme macro of insects. The subject of my first attempt at extreme macro photography of insects is the housefly. I have managed to get a few dead specimens to be the model for this photo shoot. Continue reading Extreme macro: Housefly

Happy Mother’s Day


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Today is Mothering Sunday, when the world pauses to remember and thank all the mothers for their ceaseless love and untiring devotion to their children. I am therefore dedicating today’s thread to all mothers out there. Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day

Seafood Fest


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Thursday evening, my wife decided to cook a special meal as our niece has been visiting from Ireland this week. She decided the theme would be seafood, and hence went to the fish market in Botley, Oxford to get the various goodies. Continue reading Seafood Fest

Beef rendang with coconut rice

The other day I decided to cook beef rendang again, this time with even more of our ghost chilli blend added in to make it extra spicy. I also decided to cook coconut rice as well, by adding coconut cream into the rice in the rice cooker and stirring mid way through the cooking process. There was the nice smell of coconut in the rice, and it tasted rather good if I do say so myself.

Beef rendang with coconut rice
Beef rendang with coconut rice
Beef rendang with coconut rice and cucumber
Beef rendang with coconut rice and cucumber

To accompany the rendang, I chose a strong Barossa shiraz from Australia. Peter Lehmann Stonewall shiraz come from old vines, which yield less wine but in return have more intense concentrated flavours.  This typically needs at least a decade of cellaring prior to drinking.

A few years back, I bought the 2002 vintage of this wine from Waitrose Wine. But as they had sent me the wrong vintage (I was sent the 2003 vintage), they refunded me the money and so I was given this wine for free as compensation.

Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2003
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2003

Being 2003 vintage, it was not as great a year in the Barossa valley but nevertheless it is still an impressive wine with strong scent of plum and spices. Even after decanting for 1 1/2 hours, it was still improving in the glass as the night went on. I have to say that this wine went very well with the beef rendang, easily holding its own against the flavours of the rendang sauce. As I can go many weeks without drinking wine, when I do drink, it might as well be a nice bottle – like this one.

Boon