Camera Got Her Groove Back

February 9, 2011

^^ I’m hoping that is my next title because my camera was just not feelin’ it this AM.

Some days I just can’t get good, crisp photos. Even with good lighting and the same camera and spot in my house as always. Things just look off. Maybe it’s the days I am too excited to eat my oatmeal that I don’t have the patience to troubleshoot!

Thus it was today.

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Scottish oats = steel cut going for 2 minutes in the food processor

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Made for a lovely backdrop for a mine field of toppings!

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The Mix

  • 1/4 cup Scottish oats (I realized steel cut have a different volume serving size than flat and spacious rolled oats so I pulled this down from 1/3 cup)
  • 3/4 cup water (realized also that steel cut take more water!)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp flax, stirred in at end
  • Great Harvest jam
  • Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter
  • 1 chopped fig
  • The crumbles from the bottom of my Cinnamon Almond bag! (Which made a lovely crunchy spread)

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Matt went off to an early morning meeting, so I’m here tending to the house and hoping to write another Home Neat Home next!

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Another exciting giveaway coming at juice lunch!

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1 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops February 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

How to you eat the oatmeal after you photograph it? Are you a stirrer and you mix it all up? Or do you dip daintily and get a little topping and some oats in each spoonful? Or do you eat all the toppings off and then work on the plain oats below?

You don’t know how long this question has plagued me. (Now I need to go ask Caitlin if she stirs together her yogurt/raw oat/fruit bowls or eat them piecemeal.)

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2 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

I dip daintily and work side to side!

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3 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) February 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

I have always wanted to ask that question! I never, ever stir – I save the best bits at the side of the bowl and eat them last :P

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4 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m a stirrer! I make it look pretty and then hit it with my spoon with a vigorous stir! How about you?

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5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m a stirrer too!

And Kath – your photos are still absolutely gorgeous. i would have no clue it wasn’t a stellar photo shoot morning. ;)

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6 Kiran February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am not a stirrer! I love saving the best for last :D And your photos are still absolutely gorgeous!

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7 Amber K February 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

I definitely don’t stir either. I keep everything separate so that I can enjoy each element on its own.

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8 Christin@purplebirdblog February 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I stir for sure! :)

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9 Amanda (Eating Up) February 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

I blame those days on my shaky hand!

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10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

I hear ya on the clarity of photos. I swear it reflects my mood sometimes. I think the shots look beautiful. I hope you have a great day Kath!

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11 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yum that looks delicious! Scottish oats are still on my to-try list. Can’t wait for another Home Neat Home!

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12 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hey, when you’re hungry, you’re hungry! Your pictures look fine. :-)

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13 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

My camera takes blurry photos too. But that’s because it’s old and cheap :)

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14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

I have days like that with my camera too. Sometimes it’s just not feeling it!

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15 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) February 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

I’m going to have to google what steel cut oats look like I think…I THINK I have some (so I can grind, you’ve really made me want to do that :p) but I’m not certain :/ hmph.

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16 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

Well I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t always take nice pictures!

Do you have to use steel cut oats to get this type of texture? Or have you tried using rolled oats ground up?

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17 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

You can grind up rolled oats too, but then you REALLY increase the surface area and get something like instant oats. It’s still fun to do though, and the nutrition is the same

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18 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

Yay for another Home Neat Home! It’s inspiring for me to read those, makes me want to majorly de-clutter my house ;) Thanks Kath!

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19 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think your pics look nice. I totally understand though, I just got my Nikon and have been learning about white balance and ISO which seem to really affect how my pics turn out.

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20 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

I love the spoon– very elegant!

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21 Kim February 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

I appreciate your new format with the photos next to the previous headings. I have been so busy in life and haven’t had time to read your blog as much. It is looking great!
Your place mats, did you make all of the ones shown recently? How?

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22 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

They’re scrapbook paper form Michael’s!

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23 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oh, what I would do for fresh figs!! Girl you are so lucky. I have those camera problems too, but as long as it tastes delicious I could care less that my picture looks fugly:)

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24 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

Your “bad” photos still look good enough to eat!

Looking forward to the give away! Those who can’t chew NEED a juicer. ;)

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25 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thanks y’all :)

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26 Hope February 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

I think your photos look beautiful! I’m looking forward to your Home Neat Home post and giveaway!! :)

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27 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Your “bad” photos are still 100 times better than my best! Your oatmeal always looks delicious!

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28 Emily February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

Glad the cameras back. Your breakfasts always look so epic! Do you just use regular milk?

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29 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

yup. I prefer it

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30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

Is it bad I am crossing my fingers for a juicer giveaway. I have been debating buying a juicer lately, but cannot decide at all on one.

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31 Christine @ Merf In Progress February 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

I’ve been eating steel cut oats lately, and I really like how hearty they are, but it took me a while to get the ratios right. Now I’m at 1/3 cup oats and 1.25 cups of water/milk. The texture of them is so much more fun to eat than rolled oats. But I’m almost out, then I have to break into my Costco container of rolled oats, so I won’t be eating anymore steel cut for quite a while.

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32 lynn @ the actor's diet February 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

your pix still look gorgeous to moi!

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33 Leigh February 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi Kath – I noticed that (new reader) you’re a fan of Almond butter. I have never tried it (new to eating healthy) and I’m curious as to where you purchase it and what it is good with? I don’t have a Whole Foods nearby so I hope it’s not there :) Thanks for the inspiration!!

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34 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hey Leigh! You should be able to find it in most grocery stores these days next to the peanut butters. I really like Maranathas line, Barney Butter, or see if your store has a brand that’s just almonds and salt (Harris Teeter does, I believe). It’s good on everything you’d put peanut butter on!

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35 Leigh February 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Kath! I did a search and found some at my local grocery store!

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36 Heather (heathers dish) February 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

The photos are still beautiful since the subject is awesome!

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37 Quisha February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

That looks scrumptious! I never thought to add jelly. The pics looks great nonetheless!

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38 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

I have the same trouble with my Rebel! Some days it just doesn’t want to take great photos. I feel like I can’t get the lighting or focus right no matter what I do on these days. Frustrating!

Love the crumbles on the oats, looks major YUM!

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39 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

I had dark chocolate oatmeal this morning with chia seeds in it too! So good, love the addition of chia seeds!
Looking forward to the giveaway!
So do you eat your breakfast at the table or do you eat in the living room or sitting at your desk?

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40 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

I usually eat on the couch, cross legged, watching House Hunters :)

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41 Anne @ butter and bear February 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

I think your photos always look amazing, today too!

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42 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds February 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

Kath! Yet another fabulous bowl of oats! I just had a splendid idea: You should make a coffee table book of oatmeal. You have so many gorgeous photos and so many varieties of oats. I’d buy it…

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43 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

Oh I’d love to!

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44 Shannon @ A Better Me February 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

Yummy looking as alway :D LOVE those placemats! Where did you get them? So cute!

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45 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

Scrapbook paper!

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46 Shannon @ A Better Me February 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Really?! Awesome! Thanks! :D

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47 Katie February 9, 2011 at 11:30 am
48 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I saw it!! He’s just missing the K!

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49 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman February 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

Photography can be so tricky sometimes! I bought a macro lens for my Canon and that has helped a ton:)

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50 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

These pictures are bad? These make my good pictures look pathetic! ;)
Have a great day!

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51 Natalia - a side of simple February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Your pictures have been especially vibrant and crisp lately, so don’t let one bad shoot get you down :)

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52 Jessica February 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

You should make a KERF guide to oatmeal e-book! I’d totally buy one:)

I get super confused with all the different kinds (steel cut, scottish, rolled) and all the different water/milk ratios and cook times.

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53 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) February 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Beautiful pictures! I love the mine field of toppings. Everything goes in my book! It’s the toppings that make oatmeal so fun to eat and give it some character!

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54 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I agree – the photos still look gorgeous.

Ooooh, another give away? Woot!

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55 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle February 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

hahaha your bad pictures make my good pictures look awful! lol

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56 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I have the same problem with ‘off’ photoshoots. Sometimes the stars align and sometimes they don’t.
I use a tripod and I find that helps with shaking a lot (and fuzziness), but it is a pain in the butt.

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57 Tracey February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I think your photos still look great!

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58 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) February 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm
59 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I know what you mean about not being able to get a crisp shot ?! Sometimes it just gets too frustrating and you want to just eat the food! lol I use a tripod and I think that help to at least stabalize the camera (obv), but sometimes a clear shot just isn’t in the cards… not entirely sure why that happens, but I can’t claim to know much about how my camera works. All I know is some days are better than others!

I read your comment about how you eat your oatmeal… I am a non-stirrer (is that a word HA!). I enjoy slowly eating the blob of pb rather than mixing it all in. I feel like I can taste it better that way bc when it’s mixed in I find it dissappears into the big bowl of oats.

PS The pics still looks good!

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60 Katie @ The Content Life February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I’m Scottish and I have never heard of Scottish oats (how could this be?!) – I can’t wait to try them!

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61 Rebecca February 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Your oats always look so good, but for some reason I can’t eat them first thing in the morning. I do find that piling other goodies on top helps me with the texture a bit.

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62 Kelly February 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

My photos are the same way some time! It’s so frustrating. At least you have good lighting. It is super de duper dark when I eat breakfast, but I think that is changing soon. ;)

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63 Vivi @ mybeautifulair February 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm
64 Michelle February 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I deeefinitely get too impatient sometimes. Plus, you don’t want it to get cold before you eat it!

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65 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews February 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Can’t wait to see your next edition of the home series!

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66 Tricia @ Saving room for dessert February 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The photos are terrific. And I’m excited about the next home series photos too. Makes me want to clean house – but I still have a husband who has stuff – how do you get your hubby to be so tidy?

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67 stephanie February 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

did you see the end of mark bittman’s opinion piece yesterday in the ny times? a shout out to “eat real food.” i thought it would make you smile:)

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68 Eliz@The Sweet Life February 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I love knowing how you eat your oatmeal!!

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69 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I hate when my camera gives me trouble too – was the lighting any different today than normal?

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70 Fancy February 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I am so looking forward to another Home Neat Home! I LOVE THEM!

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71 Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That is SUCH a good idea putting the oats in the food processor!

I’m gonna have to do that next time.

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72 Namaste Gurl February 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I’ve been on the grains kick for breakfast recently. I love not only grinding steel cut, but barley, buckwheat and quinoa, too. So nutritious and easy for on the go meals!

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73 Allison @ Happy Tales February 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Yesss can’t wait for the a new “Home Neat Home” post!

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74 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’m lovin all these scottish oats – I need to try this.

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75 Hannah February 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Your photos are still far lovelier than most! I’m struggling with my camera at the moment; I think it might be getting a bit old (5 years of constant photo taking…)

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76 Shannon February 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

You seem to have self-taught your photo skills. I was wondering if you have used any books or websites as reference.

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77 KathEats February 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I’m pretty much self taught. I’ve read some things online, but my camera’s manual was by far the most helpful!

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78 Chris February 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hi Kath,
I’ve been following your posts for over two years now. I love your blog and wish you and Matt all the best with the launch of your new business.
Chris (from Toronto)

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79 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks Chris!

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80 Kimberly_S February 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Hey Kath! I’ve been a longtime reader and I’m finally de-lurking. Love your blog! I had to comment because I took advantage of the Hues & Brews deal you recently offered on OpenSky and, I swear, we pick the same colored mug everyday! It’s hilarious. Great minds think alike- I suppose especially when it comes to their coffee mug. ;) Cheers!

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81 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

Thanks for de-lurking!! Hilarious about the mugs. Glad you like ‘em!

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82 Stephani February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Kath,

your pictures look amazing. What kind of camera do you have? I am looking to purchase a new one!

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83 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Canon XSI DSLR Rebel with Canon 35 mm f/2.0 lens!

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