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Friday. Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m headed back to the land that I love, the land of my youth, the land where everyone knows my name!  Well, maybe not that last one, at least I hope not, that would mean I’m in trouble.

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E is for Elephant.  I don’t know how many times I said that this morning.  Learning the alphabet is an important part of children growing up, but it can also be a helpful exercise for photographers.  Not just because, “Me photographer, me need to know how to speak and write,” but for many reason.

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Dish-o-the-Week: Chicken Casserole with Biscuits

Who doesn’t love biscuits in just about everything?  Mmmm…buttermilk biscuits.  The other name for this could be soup in biscuits.  It was a little runny, but once you mush up all the biscuits it thickens right up.

As always, I kind of combined a couple recipes to go with what I had in the cupboard.  The recipe I used for the casserole called for store bought biscuits, but I had everything to make from scratch buttermilk biscuits.  So I did that.  You can find a great recipe for buttermilk biscuits in the Pioneer Woman Cookbook and it may be on her website as well.

As for the casserole, in a large sauce pan just add chicken, peas, mushrooms, salt, pepper, onion, and cream of chicken soup.  Heat it all up until bubbling and then pour it in the a casserole dish.  After that add the biscuits, store bought or not, on top and pop it in the oven for 25-30 min at 375.  It’s great because it really is a simple dish, that will be great in those chillier months.

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

It’s a beautiful evening here in Knoxville, TN.  It’s that time of year when you can feel the change in the seasons.  Summer is on it’s way out and autumn is pushing it’s way in.  I love summer, with all my heart, and I’m always a little sad to see it go.  I also love fall.  After all, my birthday is in the fall.  I love birthdays too.  I would be perfectly content if it would just go Spring, Summer, Fall…Spring, Summer, Fall…and skip winter all together.  As I was sitting on the back porch, pretending that I was not getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, I was thinking of how this week so far has brought a little bit of everything.  There’s some good…there’s some bad…and there’s some ugly.

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copyright James Chance

What is vision?  What inspires us to take a closer look at what is around us?  Why do certain ideas grab us and take hold, while to others they hardly matter?

I ran across this article on, about Photographer James Chance winning POYi’s new Emerging Vision Incentive grant.  It’s a $10,000 grant that helps artists achieve an idea or vision.  The idea is reviewed by a board and they determine whether or not it is deserving of the grant.  James Chance’s vision was entitled, “Living with the Dead.”

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Portfolio’s are very important.  It’s important to keep track of what you have accomplished over the years.  It’s easy to get too busy to take a picture of something you’ve done, but make the time.  It will be worth it.

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Camera Basics: Let’s talk Composition

As in any art there are some basic rules that help you understand what is good and what is not good.  In photography there are some basic rules of composition that help you discover why the eye looks to certain parts of a photograph…what draws us to that point?  But really, for me, I love to break the rules.  And after all, they’re just guidelines.

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