Having survived my weekend review marathon (and all the distractions in the weeks leading up to it), life can finally resume some semblance of normalcy. That means Cat and I are updating BakeSpite again. Huzzah and all that. I figured it bears mentioning here, because the post I put together last night seems like the sort of thing the readership of GameSpite might enjoy. It’s about Japanese snacks, you see — but not Pocky, because that’s boring. Please read it and comment! Our food blog is very lonely — it gets excellent traffic but desperately needs conversation.
This also marks the debut of the new camera we picked up to replace my Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot. It was fine for what it was, but what with Cat being an actual photographer who uses actual DSLR cameras for her work, I figured I needed something a bit nicer if I want to keep up with her contributions. You can easily spot the difference in quality between her photos for BakeSpite to date (they’re nice) and mine (they suck), and the camera is one part of that. (Not the only part, of course; she’s also teaching me to light properly and to color-correct.) We picked up a Canon Powershot G11, and it is pretty incredible — technically it’s a point and shoot, but I believe it’s classified as “prosumer.” It doesn’t have an SLR lens assembly, but otherwise it offers all the fine controls of a DSLR. In fact, it offers some dynamic gamut and color balance feedback that Cat’s 5D lacks. I particularly like the fact that Canon decreased the megapixel count from its previous models but left the CCD the same size — the resultant improvement in sensor quality makes for a picture that looks much better at large sizes than something shot with a camera with a higher MP count and greater CCD density. I’m pretty well in love with this little guy.
(Incidentally, I have a used Sony Cybershot for sale, cheap.)
Also, I really liked the photo above, but was forbidden from using it on BakeSpite. Something about the fingerprints visible in the chocolate making Cat want to throw up, I guess. If you experience a similar response, please remember to turn your face away from the computer before vomiting. In the future, I will be certain to refrigerate chocolate (and my hands) before handling it for photography to minimize the nauseation.