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Jolene’s Sweets chocolate cupcakes

Forest for the trees

Throwback Thursday


One of Jolene’s creations from five years ago…

Jolene’s Sweets

Jolene's Sweets

Jolene’s Sweets – Ashland, Oregon


Easter is coming. Time to call Jolene.

Sammich’s Burg

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Sammich “Burg”
Ashland, Oregon

I had gone through nearly all of Sammich’s regular menu and enjoyed many of their specials as well before I tried the Burg. Typically I only order burgers at places when the rest of the menu stinks so it seemed pointless to order a burger at a place where the rest of the menu is fantastic.

Alas, my thinking was off, and I should have tried Sammich’s Burg long before. My first one was so good that the last two times I have gone to Sammich I have repeated my order. Unlike other places (which shall remain unnamed) in which the burger is sometimes undercooked, sometimes overdone, and sometimes features a stale bun, all three of my Burgs at Sammich have been identical in their deliciousness.

Chocolate cupcakes

Jolene's Sweets chocolate cupcakes photography receipe

Chocolate cupcakes from Jolene’s Sweets

Jolene’s Sweets

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Jolene’s Sweets

Need something for a birthday party, summer picnic, or special event? Call Jolene.

Strawberry-covered treats from Jolene’s Sweets

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Mini cupcakes from Jolene’s Sweets

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Mini cupcakes decorated with the letter P

To keep things interesting when I do a photo shoot after Jolene bakes something up, I try to use a different lens each time. I think I have used seven different lenses on her sweets now. For the above photo I used my 50mm f/1.2 manual lens. I have only used this lens a couple times since purchasing it over craigslist for a ridiculously low price. I don’t know why I don’t use it more often as it takes fantastic photos with creamy backgrounds at f/1.2. The manual focus is actually a fun change of pace too.

Betty Boop

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Depth of field at f/1.2

The other day I was in Medford for work. On my way I met someone via Craigslist who was selling a couple of manual Nikon lenses. Having never used a manual lens before (although I have used my AF lenses in manual mode on occasion) I was interested to try them out. Plus the price was crazy cheap so even if I didn’t like them I figured I could unload them at a profit.

Most of my lenses are largest at f/2.8. My Sigma 85mm goes to f/1.4 though. This 50mm lens that I picked up has a maximum aperture of f/1.2. It may be the only Nikon lens with an aperture so large. I had a half hour to kill so I dropped into the Medford library to try it out. The above was my first shot. What do you think?

I used it at the Stoneburner show too. My keeper rate at f/1.2 with manual focusing went down of course, but the ones that came out OK are pretty cool.

More Stoneburner (PDX) pics

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Stoneburner will be playing Club 66 in Ashland on May 30, 2013.

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Today’s pics are from their show on March 16 at Johnny B’s.

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