Extra special chocolate cupcakes

“I” notes:

It’s been a while!

I’ve been busy with all the money-making activities for the past few months so i wasn’t able to make an update (blog) as often as before. I really want to post a lot of things, share some of my thoughts and put up a photo gallery here of some of the shots I did during the past months but I just can’t, this new work really took huge portion of my time (who am I to complain?) Anyway, thank God I was able to stole this few moments to post the present i gave to a good friend!

Despite my hectic work schedule, I still able to make a friend’s birthday a little more special (well, that was self-assumed) because of these treats. I’m so great! (self-proclaimed)

Just a little background on how I was able to have these cute and yummy cupcakes; first and foremost, I didn’t bake these myself, instead I asked another good friend who owns an online bakeshop (she bakes as you order) to do me dozen of cupcakes. I dropped by their house and picked up these luscious chocolate cupcakes and presto! A home-made cupcakes were served.

Here are the pictures of my extra special chocolate cupcakes.

Home-made cupcakes- BlackHelios

The ultimate chocolate cupcakes, served with wine? Why not!

Chocolate cupcakes- Black Helios

This set up might work for this type of occasion, let’s see

Birthday cupcakes- Blackhelios

Let’s take a look a little closer: Chocolate cupcake covered with thick dark chocolate cream with a little candle on top

Lighted candle- Blackhelios

The lighted candle on top adds a little drama/effect, I like this one better 🙂

Lighted candle home-made cupcakes- Blackhelios

Beautiful!

Add-ons:

I asked my friend the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe. I told her i’ll be posting it on this blog. So for those who want to have and taste this cute, luscious, little cupcakes here are the things you need to have and need to do.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost with your favorite frosting when cool.

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In motion and getting in track

‘I’ Notes:

Exercise four of my photography class was one of the best. We were taught on how to shoot moving objects, how to catch the action using our lenses and how to capture and make it appear like a frozen element in the middle of a moving background.

It was really challenging. We had three days to submit the result for this activity. Most of my shots weren’t so good. I had to spent two rolls (36 shots) of films just to have pretty good pictures- a not so perfect but could be accepted.

These are some of the pictures I took during the third day of trying really hard. Not that perfect but at least, I learned how to do it.

My professor’s tip: a lower aperture while carefully following the subject- this really worked!

The prelim trial: The fast cars

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away? Remembering Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Cars’

Prelim shots: moving subjects

You gotta make a decision
You leave tonight or live and die this way

prelim shots: moving cars

I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk

motorcycle in motion

This time, I tried my luck with some motorcycles passed by UP CAL area, here are two of the shots, not so good pictures

prelim shot: moving subjects motorcycle

A more improved shot, but still, a not so good one (there will always be next time) 🙂

The baptism

‘I’ notes:

                       I was finally baptized.

I believe that in every skill that we want to acquire we have to know first the basics.

Computer operations, calculations, driving and of course photography, we all need to be familiar with the simple how-to before we call ourselves real pros.

That’s why after I bought my DSLR, I enrolled in Basic Photography class to know more about the craft and get familiar with all the necessary things about Photography and the camera itself. We used manual camera and the old-school film and process our own pictures using all those chemicals and tools in developing. It was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.

Now that I am baptized already, I am sure that I will be a big shot in the future. God knows.

Here are some of the pictures I took after I got excited using my first-ever film. And yes, my first try failed but I’m still up for the challenge. I’ll post some of my first successful shots in the future. God speed!

1stfilm-Manual Photography

My first film and negative

1stfilm- Manual Photography

My Emo film l Subject: Inanimate objects

1stfilm- Manual Photography

I tried really hard, but i think failure made me aim for a perfect shot! 🙂