2014—The Very Spices Of Life

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?

Day 76-3-2-Edit.