In 1785, English Poet William Cowper penned the words “Variety’s the very spice of life” not knowing of course, since he wrote those words more than 200 years ago, that in 2014 I would have a very huge variety of spices in my life! Variety became a topic of interest for me today because it was a recent Flickr challenge theme and spices seemed a natural way to depict variety. I dumped out some whole spices onto a cutting board and zoomed in close with my 24-70mm lens and the D800 set to DX mode. The camera’s still set to bracketing mode and this time, I preferred the third exposure, selected by the camera, increasing exposure by 2/3 stop. I also added a bleach bypass effect in Perfect Photo Suite 8 and a slight vignette in LR.
Clockwise from left, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, black peppercorn, red chili pepper, vanilla bean, allspice, clove, cardamom. I do use most of these spices on a regular basis, but I wonder what prompted me to buy whole cardamom?