FOCUS: A child, 3 flowers, and focusing the sun, by Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society
For this weeks photo challenge I’ll address all 4 of the suggestions made about “focus”, including a special app. And I created a 5th category – focus on the sun. I’ll end with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. Here it goes . . .
1) A photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.
This is my grandchild Emma. She reminds of all the children of the world.
2. Photograph the same scene or subject using different aperture settings . . . .
A Study of Roses
OR BREAD, ANYONE?
This past weekend I went to the mainland for a solar cooking demonstration and fundraising event. My wife Francis’ blog – Disappearing in Plain Sight – also has an intriguing post about this wonderful weekend in Lund BC. This photo is from on the ferry looking back to Vancouver Island.
3. Share a panorama or landscape in sharp focus, in which you can see details far away . . . .
4. Use a camera app to force focus (or blur) in an experimental way.
I’m going to ‘twist’ to the theme a bit because I came up with a “do it yourself “homemade app.
Me and my niece Jade focus in the Mylar of a hybrid solar-electric oven!
AND NOW, FOR THE SOLAR FUN . . .
5. Focusing on the sun (I made this one up!)
The solar electric oven is plugged in at my friend Jacks kitchen on the morning of the solar cooking demonstration.
Below is Jack (and his wife Maryanne’s) “small and beautiful” home. Jack volunteers as program co-coordinator for the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society. He has spent over 30 years in building partnerships with NGO’s (non governmental agencies) in poorer countries throughout the globe. These groups help develop different types of programs and more efficient and safer methods of household cooking that use less fuel, so people can have more income to feed their families.
“Fifty percent of the wood used in the world every year is burned as fuel and eighty percent of that is for cooking. Forests are being cut down so people can cook their food. The trees can never be replaced fast enough to keep up with the demand and the smoke from cooking fires is a major cause of eye and lung disorders and greenhouse gases in the world.”
“The Kyoto Twist is supporting solar cooker projects in the world to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.”
“A gradual ‘twist’ in our priorities and lifestyles will help alleviate these two realities, and make a better world for all of us.”
Photo and text from Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking website
Below, Jade and I demonstrate 2 cooking methods.
On the right is the inexpensive and lightweight “cook-kit” panel cooker. It is made of cardboard and aluminum foil reflectors which focus solar energy into a pot enclosed inside an oven bag.
On the left (behind the photo-card) is a heat retention cooker – food is first brought to a boil from a wood fire or other heat source. Then the pot is placed into this insulated basket. The food continues to cook without using any more external energy.
And here I explain how a small parabolic collector can focus sunlight to run a sterling engine.
. . . a bigger solar aperture equals more power.
Solar Cookers International is an umbrella agency with resources and links about solar cooking techniques and programs. Promoters, organizers, and solar cooking groups are located in many countries throughout the globe. “Kyoto Twist” is one example. Here is a fantastic link to the
Finally, here are solar cookers and trainers in action and on the ground in Africa . . .
1/3 of humanity lives in or near the tropics. This includes all of the Caribbean, much of Asia, Africa and parts of Latin America. These people are amongst the world’s most materially impoverished yet sun rich.
photo compliments of Kyoto Twist
“Solar cooking powerfully addresses all eight of the UN Millennium Development Goals to alleviate extreme poverty.” Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society website
Please consider a donation to help build more ovens and provide more trainers, and kindle the fires of love, so to speak. To do so, go to the the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking website. We are a registered non-profit society.
The last word I give to Martin Luther King Jr.
50 years after his dream, lets re-awaken it.
Postscript – here are two more of my previous solar cooking posts:
Regards to all . . . Bruce