Tastes like strawberries

A typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a Burger King strawberry milk shake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl...

A car full of …cars?

If you were a taxi driver in KL, and you wanted to make your taxi stand out — y’know, to attract business — what would you do? I’d probably give the car a good scrub, and use some nice air freshener. in fact, I’d go out of my way to get a unique air freshener so my customers would have fond memories of riding in my cab....

Cover: Canon 50mm ƒ1.2L USM

Today I purchased a 50mm ƒ1.2 lens for my 5D mkII. Took it for a quick spin (incidentally trailing GeoLogTag iPhone app to add geo-locationa data to my images). I’m happy with the feel and performance of the lens so far. I still need to micro adjust the lens to my camera at probably 1.4 aperture. I’m less happy with the...

Arnaud & Liz Wedding

Well, after a long few days editing, Photoshopping, and doing things the wrong way, I’ve finished. You’ve heard me talk about this wedding before, a couple of times actually, so I won’t repeat myself. Suffice to say this was my first wedding shoot ever, I was flying by the seat of my pants the whole day, and I lived to...

Arnaud and Liz, Jonas Peterson, and me

Late in 2010, I shot my friend’s wedding. I’d never done it before, but Arnaud trusted me because he liked my photography. I recommended a wedding photographer from Brisbane named Jonas Peterson, but his price was more than Arnaud and Liz budgeted for. Such is the cost of popularity (and great work). (As an aside, Xystros the...

Shooting stars

On my last trip to Australia, while flying overnight, I woke and looked out the window. For me the ordeal of flying is increasingly distressing. 1-hour taxi to the airport’s LCCT (low cost carrier terminal), standing in line to check-in (Air Asia does not allow online check-in to Melbourne for some reason), waiting for the gate to...

Happy 1st birthday

It’s official: I’ve been blogging for more than one year. But blogging on bartkowalski.com for less than a year. When Kelly and I arrived in KL, I decided to blog to let folks back home know what living abroad was like. This began on a free wordpress account over at b(log)keeper. My first post was written on the 13th March...