The Rind Series – Part One

5:30 a.m. – July 9, 2008 . . . as usual, I got to the office an hour before everyone else. I settled in my chair, resting bones weary from what now I consider youthful 55 years of life.

I poured a coffee from my thermos as I waited for Windows XP to wake up. Yes, I used to bring my own coffee from home . . . office coffee is the pits; not bad if I make it, but no one likes how I make it, and I don’t like how everyone else makes it, so thermos from home it is. 

As the machine wheezed, coughed, whirled, and blinked through a number of useless screens (to fast to read, and too slow for practical purpose), I felt the familiar feeling at the pit of my stomach . . . “Uh-oh!” I thought to myself, “not again!

My worst fears quickly coalesced into certainty; I was hungry. Well, what passes for hunger in people who have never been truly hungry . . . it’s actually a mild panic attack triggered by not having eaten in 30 minutes or so.

I looked around, anxious to squelch the feeling before it grew and forced me to crack open my snack drawer. I mean, I had no qualms getting into my snack drawer, but once I started in on the Maria Cookies, move on to the pecans and almonds, and tapped the Pavesini, I would hit a stride that would have me snacking all day long.

I needed a culinary diversion; something that would tell my brain “Yo, bro; looks like we ate . . . you can relax now!” 

Tearing my eyes away from the drawer, I looked at the meager snacks I had brought from home . . . an apple, a couple of bananas, two clementines, some bread sticks, pinza with Nutella, a couple of plain pinza bread slices cut up into cubes, a ziplock bag with a couple of fig Newtons, and a few pieces of dried pineapple.

I hated starting into my morning snacks for it would mean I would run out before lunch, and I might go a few minutes having to fight my food craving, but on the other hand, I was doing that now. I reached for the clementines.

As I often do, I peeled them in such a way as to leave one complete piece of rind. I was about to throw the rind away when I saw a blue folder . . . 

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It looked interesting, and I snapped a few photos. While it does look interesting, what I really had in mind was trying my hand at various filters. 

What do you know?! . . .  nearly six years later, I finally do just that. This is a treatment that aims to duplicate the old tintype photographic plates

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I moved the rind a bit and took another photo . . . 

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. . . and six years later I tried another preset. 

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I don’t recall the name of that preset, and I did not bother writing them down; some of the treatments are from onOne’s Perfect B&W, some from Topaz B&W 2, and some from DxO’s Film pack . . . frankly, I did not pay much attention, and just ran with whatever looked good to me at the moment. 

. . . I really should do a proper comparison of the products . . . 

Wait just a second! We only see two presets!

Did you notice the title?

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17 Responses to The Rind Series – Part One

  1. oneowner says:

    The first shot made me hungry for Clementines. The last shot – not so much. I do admire your peeling ability, though.

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  2. Emily Heath says:

    I’m laughing at what you consider meagre snacks, that would last me about a week. Maybe you were being sarcastic. The pinza looks great, never seen that before.

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    • disperser says:

      My eating yesterday . . .

      scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and two pieces of toast.
      7-8 maria cookies
      two slices of key lime pie
      an order of fries
      two pieces of fried white fish (with bread)
      two hush puppies
      5-6 breadsticks
      7 clementines
      one banana
      three 1″ thick slices (cubed) of hawaiian bread
      one serving of pasta
      half of a macaroon (with a couple of scoops of ice cream)
      a cup of honey oats with almonds cereal (dry, as a late snack)
      one apple (sometimes I have it with sugar, but not yesterday)

      Also made two 8-cups pots of coffee (drank with milk), 2 cups of chamomile tea, two cups of Red Rose decaf tea (it was 11pm and 12am). I might have had a bit of water.

      Could be I’m forgetting a few things. If I am writing or playing with photographs, I have a tendency to not pay attention.

      The fried fish is not something I have often. We ordered out, and I wanted to try it. We often have salads (not yesterday), and there’s usually some deli meat and boiled eggs in it. Sometimes feta or shredded mozzarella cheese.

      I love Pinza, but I eat it too fast, so Melisa does not make it often. Sometimes I eat less Maria cookies, and have Honey Grahams instead. If we went to the store and bought a fresh French baguette, we’ll have that with butter, or make mini-salami and cheese sandwiches (I also have it with Nutella). I usually have some artisan bread in the house, and that is good toasted with honey on top.

      I’ve been told I’m constantly eating, but Igh dwan’t thaunk tha . . . as I was saying, I don’t think that’s the case. Sometimes I go an hour without eating anything.

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      • Emily Heath says:

        Wowzers, you know how to eat well. A fascinating variety there. Yesterday I had a bowl of cornflakes and

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        • disperser says:

          Let me guess . . . You fainted for lack of energy, and now I have to wait for you to wake up.

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        • Emily Heath says:

          … Cornflakes and oats, then a fry up of tomato, mushrooms, eggs, fried onions and hash browns, washed down with a mug of tea. Leftover Chinese tofu and ginger takeaway for dinner. Work is where I snack most – and I’ve just remembered that I’ve forgotten to take a rock cake I have at home to work with me. Damn.

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        • disperser says:

          Sounds . . . interesting.

          The cake sounds good, but I don’t know if I have the teeth for it.

          It’s it like stone soup?

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  3. Eddy Winko says:

    Liking the comments more than the post :)

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    The variety and humor of the comments in your posts are the cherry on top!

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