Cherry Pie Tradition

We have a cherry pie tradition in our family that we have maintained for many years and continued it during these challenging times with COVID-19.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, efov 30 mm, f/2.8, 1/30, ISO-200

Many families celebrate birthdays with cakes adorned with birthday candles. Both my youngest son and I much prefer a cherry pie for our birthday celebration baking.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, efov 120 mm, f/8, 1/15, ISO-800

Left to my own devices, I’d likely eat an entire cherry pie by myself, as would my youngest son. We both resist this temptation and share our celebratory birthday cherry pies with family members.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, efov 120 mm, f/8, 1/10, ISO-800

Due to COVID-19 we weren’t able to get everyone together this year to celebrate both my youngest son’s birthday.  My wife still baked cherry pies for both of our birthdays as is our family tradition. Our in-person celebrations were limited, but still held nonetheless. And, cherry pies were still consumed and enjoyed!

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/320, ISO-5000, shot handheld using in-camera focus stacking, out-of-camera jpeg adjusted in post

I even remembered to capture a few handheld cherry pie images using in-camera focus stacking.

A family cherry pie tradition is even more important during these challenging times in order to maintain a feeling of normalcy. Many of us may have to hold our family celebrations on a physically reduced or even virtual basis. That doesn’t make them any less meaningful.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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6 thoughts on “Cherry Pie Tradition”

  1. Tom,

    Traditions are some of the important things that bind us even in the midst of trials and crisis. I can add photography, too 😀 to document these important milestones.

    I wish you and your family safety and health (and the sweetness of real cherries, too in honest-to-goodness pies)


  2. Hi Tom – – You’ve managed to combine my two main passions, food and photography, into the one article 🙂

    I love cherry pies – tho, they’re not all that commonly found here in Oz – so I buy one whenever I see one … but they’re rarely as good as my expectations.

    John M

    1. Hi John,

      I don’t much like store-bought cherry pies. I find the filling too sweet and lacking texture. My wife bakes her cherry pies from scratch using whole sour cherries that are grown commercially in our local area. I don’t think anything compares to a cherry pie that contains whole cherries in the filling.


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