Photo Challenges


Today is Day 10 of the 30 Days of Photographs IV challenge (aka Bob) hosted by Ziva and MikeWJ and the prompt is Close-up.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to take a great close-up of cheese? It doesn’t sound like it should be that difficult, does it? But it is. I took a bunch of close-up pictures of different cheeses: Brie, Camembert, Boursin, Cheddar, St. Paulin… the list goes on. And for the most part, they turned out monochromatic, lacking in contrast and texture.

I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my Canon EOS 5D Mark II is really a Samsung Galaxy SII cell phone with an 8.1 megapixel camera and limited macro capabilities.


So, I sat and sulked for a while. Then I decided to sulk and prepare my lunch for work the next day – nothing fancy, just a Greek salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes from our garden, cucumber and, of course, Kalamata olives and crumbled Feta cheese that I got at the Greek supermarket. And I realized it was a very pretty salad. Even close-up.


Who needs a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, anyway? I have something better than that. I have salad.

Now go visit Ziva’s blog to see who else has participated.

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  • I like how you just tossed this out there. Well done, Nicky.

  • Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, feta.

  • You did well with your Samsung Galaxy SII cell phone with an 8.1 megapixel camera and limited macro capabilities 🙂

  • I like it. Colors, texture and it makes me hungry.

  • ReformingGeek

    It’s too early to see Feta this close. She seems to make a mess of things. For some reason, I know want watermelon.

    Kidding. Yeah, who needs a fancy camera when you can get a photo this good?

  • Cool close-up, Nicky! I love the colors in this picture. I am totally impressed you captured that image with your cellphone!

  • Tami Von Zalez

    “Lord help me I’m taking pictures of my lunch now” says it all.

  • I’m glad I ate before I stopped by. Gorgeous picture. Great colors.

  • Well… I need a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. You can keep the salad. And the phone. I wouldn’t mind some of those pretty tomatoes, though…

  • Punny, very punny, mon ami. Thank you 🙂

  • Exactly!

  • Thank you Babs. I guess I shouldn’t be that hard on my poor cell phone just because it’s not a fancy camera. A fancy camera wouldn’t be able to upload directly to Facebook, now would it? Priorities! 🙂

  • Thanks, glad you liked!

  • Thanks Reffie! And now *I* want watermelon. 🙂

  • Thanks sweet thing! Yeah, my camera’s not *that* bad, I guess. 🙂

  • I know, right?

  • Thanks, Lauren! I got lucky, but what the hell! I’ll take it. 🙂

  • Doesn’t everyone really need a Canon EOS 5D Mark II? And tomatoes from my garden, of course…

    Come on over, Lemmikki. I’ve got plenty of tomatoes for you. 🙂

  • You are absolutely right 🙂

  • Cell phones are definitely no good for close-ups! Now if my son would let me use his Canon SLR, that would be a different story.

  • Jackal

    nom nom happy is my tum. OOps just I just say that out loud??

  • Your blog keeps getting yummier and yummier, in appearance anyway. This ALMOST makes me want to eat a salad.

  • MalisaHargrove

    This photo just goes to show that there is beauty everywhere around us. Like in Nicky’s lunch. In the wet towel Lurch left on the floor. In the dust bunnies scampering across my floor. In the fungus growing in my shower. Do we have a fungus topic? Damn!

    Anyway, nice save, Nicky!

  • Greek salad is one of my favorite. Yummy!! I have several good cameras but I always revert to my phone because it is handy and I am lazy. I am willing to forfeit awesome photography for “easy” photography. Leaves more time for eating Greek salads.

  • It’s quite good!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    It’s not so pretty close up. Looks like it might have been recently ralphed by Nora’s dog. But it is colorful and it fits the category, so there’s that.

    Now come here and let me give you a hug, you poor thing.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Two, anyway.

  • Nope, they’re not. So I guess if your son won’t let *you* use it, I suppose I don’t stand a chance, huh?

  • You did, but I won’t tell anyone. 🙂

  • I promise never to post another salad again, Nora. Lest I tempt you. 🙂

  • That looks like the most amazing salad EVER!

  • Thanks Malisa! I guess I was just fortunate not to have fungus for lunch.

  • Mine too, Cheryl. I don’t even have a single good camera but to be honest, I don’t think it matters. 🙂

  • Thanks, Katherine!

  • Mmmm… salad.

    Want to be able to take macro with your phone? I have one of these and it’s pretty cool:

  • Mmmm! Greek salad. Love that!

  • That is cool,P.J.! Thanks for the heads-up!

  • I’d offer to share, but there’s none left. 🙂

    Thanks, Traci.


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