May 30, 2008

Beans ‘n Lentils; CLICK May 2008 – The Colours in My Kitchen

This month’s CLICK, the food photography event at Jugalbandi, is centered on Beans ‘n Lentils. Beans and lentils are so central to an Indian kitchen, I wasn’t wanting for raw material. I just couldn’t come up with anything “different”. And when I finally got an idea, I had difficulty picking out one picture to send in as no particular picture was calling out to me. And my daughter's take on the whole thing was, "Amma, it's just an event and its not like you're getting a prize for it"! Well, that's certainly one way of looking at things.
As I was saying, I kept wondering and just the other day was going through some photographs in our album when I came across some taken during our stay in Portugal.
Our picture was taken at Cascais, a very prosperous fishing village and tourist destination not too far from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. What is interesting in Cascais is their city square. The ground and walkways are paved with coloured stone forming a wavy mosaic pattern. Of course, you can find pavements with coloured stones in all parts of Portugal but none like this (that I’ve seen, anyway).
This gave me the idea for my submission for this month’s event. And this is it.




This picture could have been better, but I’m still figuring out how much light each room gets in our new place. From what I can see, the best place for taking pictures is the kitchen. But to get the optimum light I would have to stand outside my window, which isn’t exactly practical as we are on the 2nd floor!
Yes, I know that’s why we’re supposed to use props.
Here’s another not so good picture of my “idea”.



The pictures in our albums were taken before we acquired a digital camera and I don’t have a scanner at home. So I’m reproducing a picture (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
This is the beautiful mosaic flooring in the city square at Cascais that "inspired" my photograph.

27 comments:

Asha said...

Beautiful town center, and Lentils look wonderful too. Enjoy your weekend!:)

Vcuisine said...

Aparna, nice picture. Viji

bee said...

beautiful shot. thank you.

sunita said...

That's a beautiful picture, Aparna...have great weekend :-)

Laavanya said...

You executed your inspiration very well and photographed it even more beautifully.

Happy cook said...

Wonderful pic.

Rachel said...

Wow I love the inspiration and that's a great shot!

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Wow aparna thats a lovely click... loved the colours...:)
The town looks amazing... I love goa...:) I can go their thousand times and yet never get bored..:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW.... That was a beautiful click. Look so good...

Hetal said...

Lovely pic dear...so colorful.

TBC said...

Aparna, that is a beautiful pic!

Uma said...

beautiful click.

jayasree said...

You were able capture ur inspiration in the pic. Lovely blend of colorful lentils. Liked Akshaya's statement on event participation.

Manisha said...

Beautiful!

Srivalli said...

aparna..beautiful picture..looks wonderful!

Coffee said...

Beautiful concept! :)

SMN said...

Nice click for the event..

charchechaukeke said...

A very good snap!

Jaime said...

your photos are beautiful! so much better than mine LOL

bhags said...

those lentils look beautiful....nice idea for the click

vegeyum said...

It looks just like a carpet of lentils and beans! Beautiful.

farida said...

Beautiful pictures! What a great composition!

Sig said...

Loved the concept, and the pictures are beautiful... Well done Aparna!

Aparna said...

Cascais is a quaint and beautiful little town.
I wish I could capture that "idea" better. Appreciate all your comments.

Vandy said...

Lovely picture Aparna. Very colorful!

Aparna said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments though my picture wasn't great.
I'm inspired to go on.:D

Nags said...

thats such a beautiful shot!