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Film Friday- Vito | From the Archives

Have I told you about Vito? He is quite the looker. A little old fashioned, but dapper. Oh, and his voice. That Swedish accent is something, I tell you. I found him one day by chance. I asked the gal behind the thrift store counter, “Do you have any cameras”? She looked at me funny and told me they had some old ones, but I wouldn’t want them…. I disagreed and asked her to see them, please.  It was one of the best blind dates I have ever had. I instantly fell in love with his leather jacket and chrome details.I was scared to take him out that first time. I hadn’t shot with a range finder before, unless you count a disposable camera. But Vito has more control and sophistication then those types, (mind you I love the disposables, but…). Holding him was exciting, yet, intimidating. In that, “first time” sorta way. I had to guess his sweet spot, isn’t that the way it always goes? I was literally fumbling around guessing how to make him work. It’s going to take some practice, but I think I liked this boy and his sassy ways.I decided that taking him out during Hot August Nights was a good choice. Classic, yet updated in the best possible way. The event is held in Reno, NV each summer, and I am missing summer right now… The streets of our city are filled with shiny and vintage cars of all kinds. This was right up Vito’s alley. I think it was a perfect first date for old Vito, aka Voigtlander Prontor-lux, and I. Don’t you?

Keep chasing that light,

Vanessa

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This post was originally written and photographed by for the Mortal Mused blog and is part of a new series I’m calling, From the Archives. Source: Film Friday- Vito | Mortal Muses

The Food of the Fourth (and Drink)

This is a repost from two years ago. We are once again in Greagle, with the exact same menu. The only thing that has changed is the kids- how did they get so big?!

I am sharing today to inspire your 4th of July menus! Enjoy

There is just something about summer time food.
Things you don’t usually eat unless the temps and the fun are running high.
180:366,
Here is our Fourth (or the weekend before, in this year’s case) of July Menu.
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We enjoyed “Mundo’s Ribs” also know as “Andy-que
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This is the basic idea/recipe that was used this year for the ribs.
Start with 6 racks of ribs.
For the Rub:
4tbls brown sugar
2tbls paprika
2tbls essence of emeral
2tbls garlic powder
2tbls black pepper
2tbls kosher salt
2tsp cayenne pepper
Mix the rub ingredients well and rub thoroughly on the racks of ribs.
Wrap the ribs and put in the refrigerator over night.
Grill all day long (about 6 hrs) on a Weber grill 200-250 degrees. Start with ribs, bone side down. The first hour of cooking, smoke with apple and cherry wood briquets.
Rotate the rack of ribs from back to front about half way through the total cooking process.
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Grilled corn on the cob and garlic bread. The gang likes to wrap the bread and corn in foil and grill until done. The bread gets unwrapped and grill marks are ‘applied’. We fancy it up that way. tee hee.
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Grilled zucchini
I wasn’t in on this recipe, but slicing the zucchinis into ‘steaks’ and then marinating in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, smashed garlic, salt and pepper and some lemon juice usually does the trick.
Zucchinis
Grandma’s Mac Salad
This recipe will  yield about 6 servings
Ingredients
2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
1/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained (I have left this out when I made it while pregnant/nursing, because onions and Fifi weren’t agreeing, and it still came out really good)
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, 2 mustards, Worcestershire sauce, relish, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold (it just doesn’t taste right unless it has chilled, so plan ahead for this one, it’s worth it).
Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days. I promise, it won’t last that long though.
Also enjoyed before dinner, Garden Party Cocktails.
Garden cocktails in the making #weekend #greagle #latergram

SnapseedAfter dinner?Root-beer floats, of course.

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I hope your Fourth of July is filled with good food, good friends and FUN.Happy Birthday AMERICA!!!

Community

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I never realized how much I had been missing a creative community until last year. 

I have been connected to amazing photographers and creatives for a very long time on the internet, and while I truly have made friends with many of these people, there has been a void. I didn’t have many people I could talk shop with or who walked around with more than one camera on them on a regular basis. I sort of figured I was a goofball because of my camera love. That is until last summer.  

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I was added to a local photography group on Facebook and my world changed. Sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s sorta true. I started meeting people in my own community who were as passionate (if not more so) about the art of photography as I was.  I networked, met up with, hiked (and fell on my face), joked with and I was able to “work”with a handful of them. And I put the word,work in quotes because when you’re doing what you love it’s not really work at all. I am lucky enough to have gotten to know several as friends and fellow photo-geeks.
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On Sunday evening, I went to a gathering under the guise of “off camera flash workshop” and was hit with such generosity and friendship. I was humbled. I hadn’t realized that so many of my fellow Facebook friends had been following along and that I had made an impact on them. I mean, look at me, I am kinda cra-cra.

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But you guys, they brought a GIANT cake, bacon wrapped something or others and then we went out and played with off camera flash. It was pretty awesome.
Thanks again to my Reno Photografriends. You all have no idea how much I have learned from each of you. I feel honored to be a part of your gang and to be allowed to stay despite my zip code change next week.

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Photowalkers

I have been fortunate enough to find a great group of photographers here in Reno. A few weeks back, four of us hiked in 3 miles to see a frozen waterfall. There were so many laughs, a few falls (ice and mud and backpacks full of photo gear really don’t play nicely together). The trip was so fun that we started plotting a second adventure.

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And when your with other photographers its, “Shoot or be shot…”
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Comparing Android to iPhone.
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I like it round, and big….
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Quick draw
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 Triangle Pose – photog style.
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