I am a Boston event photographer working in a creative, documentary style. What started as a hobby taking concert photos, has turned into work as a freelance Boston event photographer for nightlife, social, networking and corporate events. View my photography portfolio at Sooz Photography.
[tweetmeme]When vegan friends were coming over for dinner a couple months ago I wanted to make a dessert that they could eat. The first thing that came to mind was sorbet. I found a simple recipe for coconut sorbet on Epicurious and decided it needed a little rum in it, too (instead of the rum extract that the recipe called for). Recently my roommate Chris suggested I use some of his fresh basil and dark chocolate crisps. This photo is the result!
This is the sort of thing you probably don’t want to make more than a few times a year — and very tiny portions. There’s a lot of fat and sugar in this dessert. The recipe is very simple: one can cream of coconut (not coconut milk!), one cup of ice cold water, one tablespoon rum. I use a stick blender to make sure the consistentcy is smooth. Pour into a 9×9 glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer then stir every 30 minutes for three hours. Thanks to the cream of coconut, the sorbet will never entirely freeze so you can keep it in the freezer for a while. But the chances of it lingering for more than a few days are unlikely. Especially for a dessert that was referred to as “sex on a plate” at a recent party.
Last week Mike Volpe tagged me in a blogger photo meme where you look up the 6th photo on the 6th page of your Flickr account. Here’s what mine turned up.
The Deluxe Town Diner is a breakfast+lunch+dinner spot in my neighborhood. It’s a well known spot in Watertown that’s been around for 64 years. My favorites: the cob salad and the goat cheese and spinach omelet.
I’ve got three videos and a bunch of photos on Exploit Boston! from Sunday’s HONK! Fest and Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. They were expecting 100,000 people — not sure if there were that many but definitely a lot. Lots of people. And dogs. And street bands. Mostly just a lot of happy people enjoying a beautiful Fall day.
I might not be the next Annie Leibovitz; but I’ve definitely been improving my photo skills in the past year. It’s a fun adventure (and an expensive habit buying new lenses, etc!).
I discovered that Yahoo! News is using two photos (1, 2) I took of John McCain (in 2005 when he spoke at a Harvard Bookstore event) on their presidential campaign page about him. My photos are featured with four other photos posted on Flickr of John McCain.
Above the Flickr photos there’s an Associated Press photo. You’ll know it’s an AP photo because there’s a photo credit at the bottom of it. There are no credits below my photos. The only reference to any sort of credit is “From McCain ’08 Flickr Photos” noted above the photos.
I double checked the license on these photos and they both have “all rights reserved” — but I’m willing to give Yahoo! the benefit of the doubt since I’ve changed my license a few times and it might have been a variation of a Creative Commons license when they grabbed the photos. At the very least the photos would have an attribution requirement. I looked at one of the other photos featured on the McCain page, and they have a Creative Commons license that requires attribution.
David Fischer and I had a mini-conversation about this on Twitter earlier today. David mentioned:
“@Sooz The lack of credit from Yahoo is disturbing. I’m worried about this Getty Images/Flickr thing and the bill they are pressing in congress.”
I can’t figure out why Flickr (by way of their parent company Yahoo!) would ignore creative commons licenses. What am I missing?
(If you’re wondering why in the world I took photos of John McCain — don’t worry, I’m not a McCain supporter. It was just one of many Harvard Bookstore events I’ve attended over the years.)
I’m moving to Watertown on July 1st so a friend and I wandered around my new neighborhood and then took a walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery. It is one of the best spots around Boston to take photos. Click on each thumbnail to see a bigger photo or view the slideshow at Flickr.