Oatmeal Molasses Rye bread recipe - simplified

Matthew Stein on Mar 19, 2020 9:01:49 AM

Inspired by The Rye Baker by Stanley Ginsberg, my interest grew in learning how to handle this grain. Rye is a temperamental mistress, she forces you to work at her pace. If you mix up the temperature or pH, then she will reward you with a brick instead of bread.

Once my wife got sick of all the rye bread I was baking, she asked for an oatmeal loaf. I made a few of those, and then started looking for an oatmeal rye combo. The internet provided nothing. So, I set to developing my own recipe.

To keep it simple, I had 3 goals:

Funny pictures from the UK

Matthew Stein on Sep 3, 2017 12:44:14 PM

Walking around I'll often find signs and other items that make me smile. We recently spent two weeks in England and Scotland. England, to visit family, and Scotland to drink whisky.

Flashing routes at Brooklyn Boulders for New Years Eve

Matthew Stein on Dec 16, 2016 11:55:17 AM

Sometimes the last minute shoots are the most fun. No time for prep, just grab your go bags and head out.

Leica Underwater

Matthew Stein on Oct 2, 2016 11:52:24 AM

"It's waterproof up to 60 feet" he said. That sounded like a challenge. 

Taking pictures outdoors means weather. Adventure photography usually means I'm outdoors for a long time, exposed to far rougher weather than some headshots in a park. My two main digital camera options these days are a Canon 5d, and a Sony A7. The biggest issue with my Sony a7 is the lack of weatherproofing. The Canon 5d, while very well weather sealed, is a heavy beast. 

Leica Boston - Leica on Loan and photowalk

Matthew Stein on Sep 18, 2016 11:27:56 AM

Yesterday the new Leica store opened in Boston. This is bad news for my wallet. So many beautiful objects of temptation. 

Company headshots and team photos

Matthew Stein on Aug 2, 2016 3:52:13 PM

Style matters. Actors and lawyers both need headshots, but the images convey very different messages. That's why I always ask my clients how you're going to use these photos. 

When you need new company headshots, or a team photo of everyone, consider these points to make sure the photos match your company's brand identity and story. 

Baby bump progress pictures

Matthew Stein on Jul 31, 2016 1:27:11 PM


This year has seen a lot of changes in our family. While Cathy was working on Cora, I was renovating the 3rd floor of our house. We needed a nursery, and we were on a deadline.

Naturally, I had to shoot a baby-bump progression series. The soon-to-be nursery made a great backdrop.

Photography tips for Pokemon Go

Matthew Stein on Jul 18, 2016 6:18:30 PM

Love it or hate it, Pokemon Go is everywhere. If you hate it, then you're probably not reading this. You also don't care how to take better pictures within the game. But, if you're like over 65 million other people, then you're trying to catch 'em all.

Baby and newborn photography

Matthew Stein on Jul 12, 2016 10:11:57 PM

I'll be honest. I didn't think much of taking pictures of babies until my wife and I had one. Babies can be tricky subjects. Fortunately they're really cute. I think mine is the cutest, but I'm probably biased. 

Mistakes made while building a door

Matthew Stein on Jun 25, 2016 5:49:54 PM

Mistakes can be valuable, as long as we learn from them. Time and experience help prevent experts from making mistakes. When experts do make mistakes, they know how to catch them before it's too late. In photography, its possible for an un-caught mistake to ruin a whole photoshoot. That's a big problem for events you can't re-create like sports photography or wedding photography. That's why it's good to trust an expert.