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July 27, 2010

First Bite!

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Just a quick post today for a first of the season.  I finally picked cucumbers from my garden!

I actually tried using this as an exercise from the book I’m reading, Understanding Exposure, using a small aperture to try to get my garden in focus behind the cucumbers.  I’d thought I had it when I looked at it on my LCD, but as you can see here, the garden isn’t clear.  I think this was at f22.  I still have much to learn about lenses and such; I’m wondering if the garden isn’t clear because I was using the 55-250mm lens when I should’ve been using the 18-55?  I’m only just realizing now that aperture minimums and maximums are at the mercy of your lens.  I had no idea I couldn’t stop down past 5.6 when the lens is zoomed out.  I guess those numbers on the end of the lens should’ve clued me in.  But I digress…


I made quick work of my first cuke and chopped it up to have with dinner last night.


I’ve also picked zucchini and cayenne peppers from my garden –  so far, so good.  But for me, the real prize of the summer veggie garden is still to come, and by the looks of things coming very soon:

(Side story about this blog post.  When I was writing this post in my mind, that picture of the tomato was where the post ended.  Unfortunately, as I sat down to write this evening, I realized the picture of the tomato that I took yesterday was in fact unfocused.  Dedicated blogger that I am -maybe a wee bit perfectionist? – I hiked out to my garden in the dark to get a focused picture of the tomato.)


  1. Your tomatoes are red already!? Mine are still green and I planted them early this year.

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 27, 2010 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

    • Well, one tomato is red, and it isn’t quite picking red yet. Today or tomorrow I’m thinking. Can’t wait for the first bite of that.

      Comment by Karma — July 28, 2010 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  2. Your veggies look GOOD!! (I prefer tomatoes over cucumbers, too)

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 28, 2010 @ 7:24 am | Reply

    • Thank you! I imagine the first bite of Texas native tomatoes has come and gone.

      Comment by Karma — July 28, 2010 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  3. Wow! Beautiful cukes and tomato. Our tomatoes still have a long way to go before we start seeing red.

    I’d have hiked back out there for the good shot, too. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 28, 2010 @ 10:40 am | Reply

    • Thanks! I’m honestly surprised I have one that red; most are still green, and I don’t usually get to pick before August – although I keep forgetting August starts on Sunday. This summer is flying by!

      Comment by Karma — July 28, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  4. I have a huge weakness for cucumbers. I can eat them raw but prefer to dip them in some salad dressing. Russian is best.

    Yours look scrumptious!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 28, 2010 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

    • Oh I like them with dressing too. Ranch is my favorite.

      Comment by Karma — July 29, 2010 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  5. Wow – your garden is early! Our grape tomatoes have only just started to turn red and our cukes are just little tiny things on the vine. So jealous!!

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 29, 2010 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • Actually, my cukes were way behind my sister’s garden – and she lives just across the river in W.Spfld. I’m surprised that I have a few tomatoes about ready to pick. Its usually mid-August for tomatoes for me. I guess waiting til Memorial Day weekend to plant wasn’t so bad after all, huh? 😉

      Comment by Karma — August 2, 2010 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  6. I love using the aperture setting to completely change the whole mood of a shot… It’s great to have so much control now don’t you think… You may also be surprised to know that your lenses will also have a “perfect” aperture, that will give you the best clarity from your lens… It’s usually about f8 if you’re after the crispest definition possible… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — July 29, 2010 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • I have so much to learn, Brian! I’m trying, but still feeling a little overwhelmed by the information that I am reading. You know what I’ve been wondering? When does it all start to become sort of “automatic” – when you just know almost intuitively how you should set your camera to get the sort of effect that you want?

      Comment by Karma — August 2, 2010 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  7. How lovely! A cucumber! A tomato! You photographed them so well. I like how you peeled them partially and snapped the photo. That makes the cucumber look so appealing. And that one bite! Very cool.

    Comment by Kathy — August 1, 2010 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Kathy! I actually peel them partially like that to eat them too! I like leaving a little of the skin on them to give them a bit of extra crunch.

      Comment by Karma — August 2, 2010 @ 9:43 am | Reply

      • What an amazing idea! I will try that. The minute our cucumbers grow big enough to sample. 🙂

        Comment by Kathy — August 2, 2010 @ 11:11 am

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