I love country barns (okay, it’s really a corn crib) in Nebraska is one of my favorite photography subjects, yet this shot is my favorite. I pass it at least twice a day and it sits in the middle of a field with nothing around it, solitary, no trees, just in the middle of a field with either corn or soybeans growing on all sides. It has different moods depending on the light and looks different in the early morning and at night with the sun setting behind the western sky.
My favorite barn gets my attention every time I drive past and have often taken photographs to capture the mode. They never come out exactly how it looks in real life though. But with the help of Adobe Lightroom this has changed, I can actually say that this is truly what the barn looked like that day.
From what I understand in reading various photography blogs and sites a camera has difficulty collecting all the dynamic ranges of lights and darks. In simple terms you expose for the sky or your subject. That leaves the other parts of you picture over or under exposed.
The newest version of Lightroom 4 has an amazing capability of pulling out shadows, highlights, whites and blacks without leaving artifacts in the image. This was shot in RAW and I’m very impressed, puts my Photoshop CS2 to shame. The later versions of Photoshop do have more advanced algorithms that achieve the same thing, but I can only compare the programs I use.
I will still keep using Photoshop, Lightroom is only another tool to use and does not have text or graphic design capability. I still love adding drop shadows, borders and creating custom layouts.
Stay tuned for more Lightroom 4 examples, and possibly redo’s of previous photos as a comparison.
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I have to admit, I really like Photoshop. I’m amazed at how I can improve a photo that has distractions or just didn’t turn out like I hoped. Most photos I don’t manipulate but some call for just a little more work than others.
My dog Brody, a Jack Russel, is a perfect example. This is a before and after of a previous post from my 365 Project
Whoever called Nebraska a boring fly over state has never really opened their eyes. I see such spectacular scenery every day driving home from work it takes my breath away. Made me think of the One Hit Wonder song. “Futures So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3.
Enjoy this video blast from 1986, back when MTV actually played music videos. Can anyone remember where they were when they heard this song?
You heard right, it’s a Meatloaf cupcake recipe.
According to my daughter two words that should never be put together. But based on the response from uploading a picture to Facebook I think my Meatloaf Cupcakes with mashed potatoes for frosting deserves some blog time.
I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest, it was a Family Magazine recipe while getting my hair cut, although anyone who wants to Pin this is more than welcome.
Meatloaf cupcakes are actually quite easy. In very simplistic terms, use your favorite meatloaf recipe, bake in muffin tins and frost with mashed potatoes. Easy peasy. They actually make meatloaf cupcake tins now!
Now, for a beginning cook who has never made either, here is my recipe below. Remember I’m a “creative cook”, recipes are used as guidelines and measurements are liberally flexible.
Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- Salt & Pepper (1/2 tsp each)
- Cupcake tins (didn’t have these so I baked them in regular muffin tins, messier, and not as pretty)
Mix raw ground beef with all the remaining items on the list. Scoop into balls and press into muffin tins. Glaze with ketchup and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
Since I have posted this Meatloaf Muffin recipe it has become VERY popular on Pinterest. Thank you, everyone, by the way. Now there are multiple stuffed meatloaf muffin recipes and even a special muffin pan designed to drain the fat from the tins, genius I say!
Mashed Potato Recipe
- 4-6 potatoes
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup butter
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Peel and slice potatoes into 1/2″ pieces.
- Boil in a large pot of water (make sure water is at least 1/2″ over potatoes) until easily poked with a fork.
- Drain water (save potato water as stock for cooking) and add milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.
- Mash all ingredients together with a potato masher, or blender.
- Add cheese and mix with wooden spoon until cheese is melted. (add more for cheesier frosting)
- Insert mashed potatoes into a piping tube, I used my Pampered Chef decorating tube (did I tell you I got a lot for my wedding)
- Top with grated salt and pepper
Top with bacon bits, shredded cheese, or chives.
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Get creative with your meatloaf and your cupcakes. Food doesn’t have to be boring. If you have any meatloaf cupcake recipes you would like to share let me know.
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