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    Herbed Feta and Pumpkin Muffins

    Kathy at
    Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:17 pm Staff
    Okay, this recipe is a little off the beaten path. I had some pumpkin puree and feta to use up and typed "pumpkin feta" in the search box never expecting something to come up. There are a bunch of recipes with that combo! I wanted something baked, so I passed over a bunch of salad recipes and opted for Chef Chickee's recipe: Herbed Feta and Pumpkin Muffins. I'm very pleased with the results. The muffins lean more toward the savory side. They are very moist, and the hint of pepper gives the muffins some snap. I thought the 4 pumpkin seeds on top were so cute. They separated a bit during baking, so I probably should have just scattered a 6-8 seeds on top.

    The first two photos were taken in my kitchen and the second two photos were taken in my light box setup. I did a bit of hue/saturation editing to get the true color in the first two photos, but I think it worked out nicely.

    I like to sharpen the images a bit, but I think I went too far with the sharpening on the 4th photo.

    #1 (Kitchen lighting in the evening)

    #2 (Kitchen lighting in the evening)

    #3 (Light Box)

    #4 (Light Box)
    Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:46 am
    Forum Host
    Gee Kathy, this is interesting from the lighting perspective. (Wish I had a light box -- no specialist camera shop within a 100 km radius!).

    I see no great difference in quality between the first 2 (natural light) and the second 2 (light box). You did a good job with hue/saturation in the first 2 -- that can be a tricky setting, at least for me with my simple editing program! The colours are perfect.

    (I've noticed some of your other photos ... you do great photos!)

    The middle two photos are probably the best -- both very good. It would have been nice to see #3 out of the cupcake container -- just one perfect muffin -- but gee, the colours and focus in both those photos are excellent. The pumpkin seeds really were a good touch!

    The last one suffers a little from being rather shapeless after cutting it in two, but on this smaller scale I can't see over-sharpening so that's fine.

    We love it when people post like this, telling us exactly what they did! It does help us all with the everlasting learning curve! icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:22 am Groupie
    #3 for me wins. I do like all the different colors you achieved with the different lighting. They are all crisp and clear.
    Also, they look delicious as well.
    Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:21 am
    Forum Host
    Mmmm three and four have my attention, love that you used pumpkin seeds. Note to self need to remember fishing touches.
    Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:05 pm Groupie
    what a great find...icon_smile.gif
    Kathy at
    Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:58 pm Staff
    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm not great with props/background stuff to make a photo interesting, so I like to go for the close-up shots -- then you can't tell that there's nothing in the background. icon_wink.gif By going that route, I can rely on garnishes, which are less stressful for me to decide on.
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