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March 11, 2011

off to tahoe!

Well, we’re off to Tahoe for the weekend! There won’t be any snowboarding or skiing, but it’ll just be a laid back weekend full of hanging out, playing in the snow, a buffet, and maybe a little blackjack?? =P

Hopefully the weather will be awesome and there will be lots of snow at the same time. I guess I could just check the weather…but I’ll just find out when we get there. =)

True story, I gambled for the first time a couple months ago and turned $20 into $200! Well, I turned $20 into $100 by playing blackjack, and then played roulette and doubled it to $200. I never gambled before because I never saw the thrill in it, but…when you win it’s kind of fun. ;) It’s just knowing when to stop!

Before we go to Tahoe we’ll be returning the lenses we borrowed! We had some last minute fun with the macro lens by taking supppper close-ups of our eyeballs. Heheh =). It was fun while we had the lenses, but I’m actually excited to return to my 17-55mm! It gives me a lot more flexibility!

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Do you like/hate to gamble??

March 7, 2011

Ramen Dojo & the Macro Lens

I’m still craving that ramen I had on Friday. It was sheer ramen perfection. Sure, instant ramen is good and has it’s place and time in life, but it can’t beat the real thing!

If you’re in the Bay Area and craving ramen, seek out Ramen Dojo. It’s a tiny restaurant in Downtown San Mateo with only about 5 tables or so, but it is worth it! We got there at 5:30pm on Friday night even before they opened, and there was already a line forming.

They have a few different ramen options, but their most popular is by far their Garlic Pork ramen. And you can order your ramen medium-spicy, regular-spicy, or extra-spicy. I am a spicy all the way girl so I of course got extra-spicy. The ramen is topped with a couple slices of barbequed pork, quail egg, roasted garlic, mushroom, and a bunch of other goodies.

It was also my first time trying Takoyaki:

Have you ever had Takoyaki? I had heard of it before, and to my understanding is that it is a popular street food in Asia. I never actually saw it in a restaurant to order here though, so I’ve never had an opportunity to try it. Well after my experience on Friday, I’d best describe it as a fried ball of batter with grilled octopus. I liked it but I can’t say I loved it. I’d definitely eat it again though!

All the photos I took at Ramen Dojo were taken with the macro lens we borrowed on Friday (by the way, Jeff took about 800 photos at the wedding he went to on Saturday with the 70-200mm lens and he loved it. It’s always a good thing to be standing faraway from someone and yet taking a close-up photo of them. Stalker-ish, but good.) But since Jeff had the camera most of the weekend, I experimented a little more with the macro lens today.

I love it.

As predicted, the lens is a little long for comfort, but I still love the fact that I can get as close as possible to the object as I want and it will still focus. That is something I can’t do with the 50mm. But I think it is a given for me now that if I do get a macro lens, I will definitely be getting the 60mm over the 105mm. I had considered the 105mm before, but I think the 60mm is long enough for me.

That being said, I probably will not get a macro lens anytime soon. I’ll have my fun with this macro lens until Friday and then I’ll happily go back to using my other lenses. They’re getting a little jealous! ;)

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March 5, 2011

A Good & Bad Way to Spend a Friday Night

The good way:

Japanese ramen. Yes…it was as good as it looks. Probably the best ramen in the bay area!

Now the bad:

Spending my Living Social coupon for Fandango to watch “I Am Number Four.” Somehow, I got overruled and our plan to watch “Adjustment Bureau” changed. Some people (not mentioning names) were expecting an awesome action movie but it ended up being more like a cheesy chick flick. Not that I don’t love a good chick flick, but this one was cheesy even for me! Oh well, now I’ve earned the right to choose the next movie we watch. =)

I gotta admit though…I am loving this macro lens. I’ll write more about it and the ramen later!

March 4, 2011

borrowing a lens

Who else is excited for the weekend?? I am!!

Weekends, they make me happy.

I’m especially excited because we’re renting some lenses and we’re going to go pick them up tomorrow! Jeff wanted to rent a 70-200mm lens for a wedding he’s going to on Saturday and I’ve been wanting to try out a 60mm macro lens, so I told him to add that to the list as well. ;D

We’re borrowing the lenses from and they’re not too faraway so it’s convenient to pick the lenses up and drop them off. Jeff found a great discount code through their twitter too! We’ve borrowed lenses from them before and they make everything super convenient and easy. (No, they did not pay me to compliment them — they’re just a great company!)

We’ll be keeping the lenses throughout the week and returning them next Friday. In the meantime, I’m really excited to try out the 60mm macro lens for food photography!

In all honesty though, I’m really happy using my 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. I always thought I’d prefer my 50mm f/1.4 for food photography, but I really like the flexibility that the 17-55mm gives me and I usually find that such a low f-stop is not necessary. And sometimes the 50mm lens is a little too long for me, which means I might have a problem with the 60mm macro lens because it is even longer! I do want to experiment though so I’ll be doing a lot of that next week!

What about you? If you have a DSLR, what is your favorite lens to use?