Sunday, August 30, 2009
I recently received a used espresso maker. With some guidance from coffee experts on twitter I am slowly learned the ins and outs of making a decent cup of espresso (thanks @chrissrkay and @bessyn for the insight). According to Chris the most important rule in brewing the perfect shot of espresso is fresh beans. Chris suggests no more then 2 weeks from the roaster; any longer than that and it starts to go flat. A quick search for local roasters revealed Java Blend on North street is a reputable local roaster that also sells retail. Unfortunately, they are not open on Sundays, but I plan to check them out this week. Bessy recommends their ethiopian blend.
Chris recommended the Intelligentsia BlackCat or the 49th Parallel Epic. I wanted to find out what the fuss was about with these beans so we went on a coffee crawl today in search for the ultimate bean. After a stop at Brooklyn Warehouse for brunch we were pointed to the Smiling Goat organic espresso bar on South Park St. They use Java Blend Roasters for their beans. Awesome. They also have some of those funky beans Chris had mentioned, such as the Intelligentsia Black Cat. Excellant.
Geoff Creighton made a cup of the Black Cat and accommodated my request for a picture of the day with one of his incredible art creations. Pictured above is the dragon. I have no idea how he makes this art in the crema but it tastes as good as it looks. The Black Cat is smooth yet powerful. Was that a hint of citrus and currant? I felt like I was doing a wine tasting. In any event it was a fantastic, enjoyable cup. I don't think I can drink Tim's again. In addition to being an exceptional, artistic Barista Geoff is a photographer who specializes in artist head shots and portraits. Check out his work here.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After dinner I was looking at the dishes in the sink, wondering how they could possibly wash themselves, and noticed water dripping from the faucet. I've seen some cool water drops in Flickr and thought, how hard can it be? After many attempts at capturing the drops I have concluded that: a) photographing water drops is not easy; b) I am not very good at photographing water drops. This was the best of the lot. Will have to do some research and try again.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The return of clouds brought the return of soft lighting; today seemed like July again. Spotted this scooter next to Park Lane. There was something about the combo of the bike, mold and rust on the round door that grabbed my eye. Soft lighting brings mysterious moods to images for me.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Our backyard seems to have alot of spiders this year. I don't know what is worse, walking through cobwebs or the thought that these little fellas could be stuck in your hair/clothes at any point.
This guy's name is Charlie.
On a positive note dreaming of spiders is a sign of good luck. Also if you see one spinning its web it is a sign of good fortune. Most of them are harmless critters that help people by eating insects. I don't mind them, but I certainly don't like them crawling in my hair.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
One of the tricks Las Vegas plays with your mind is that you do not have a clue what time of day it is. Oxygen is constantly pumped into Casinos and hotel rooms to keep you alert and ready to spend money. The lighting of the interiors are designed to make it seem like it is never ending daytime. This town never does sleep. This shot was taken at 2 or so in the morning in the Venetian.
One could easily photograph hotel lobbies for the entire weekend in Las Vegas and be happy. The decadence of the Bellagio ceiling lobby was my favorite. You are greeted above your head with two thousand hand blown glass flower light fixtures by artist Dale Chihuly. It is a frequently photographed work of art. Nonetheless I was struck by the vivid colours and felt compelled to take a version of it myself.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with the guys in Las Vegas. There was not much time for photographing so I'll have to make another trip to do the city justice.
We stayed at the Flamingo. It is the best value for the money - cheap, a great central location on the Strip, a good pool and retro yet modern styling. When it comes to accommodation save your money for the food, bars and shows. I highly recommend the Flamingo. Click on 'hot deals' here for best prices.
Made it home safely from Vegas. It was a great weekend. I am on vacation this week and was at the cottage for the past few days so I am way behind posting images. I will try to get caught up over the weekend. In the meantime here is a short video of some Vegas sights set to "Losing It" by the talented Kutiman.
I had a blast shooting our trip via short 10 second clips. The Canon G9 is a capable little video camera and is stealth, which is perfect for inside casinos. This is my first time using iMovie so it is a bit rough around the edges.
In other news my blog made the Coast this week! I am pretty happy about that.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Went to Amherst for my 20 year high school reunion. Before heading to the party I dropped into my sisters for a visit and enjoyed chatting with my niece Abbey. Her favorite new dance style is jazz. She posed for a shot and showed me her jumps.
This is Sophia. She has never had a dance lesson but has significantly better moves than me. I see a future in contemporary. She also kicked my butt in washer toss.
I had an enjoyable walk down memory lane with dear friends. I can't believe it has been 20 years since I graduated high school. I am not feeling that old.