Popping out for a coffee

Nov 30th, 2013

I went over to my friends (Aubrey’s) cafe for a long overdue visit last week, and we got talking about photography.

I’d taken the week off and had had some grand plans for taking a day out to do some recreational photography in the last throws of autumn, with some ideas about mixing up some strobist work with the late afternoon sun in the beautiful beech woods above my town. Alas the weather and other commitments conspired against me and so I trundled into town with my camera forlornly on my back with my travelling pack* of body, 18-200 reportage lens, 11-18 wide-angle – which I’m still trying to find my sweet spot compositionally with – and my favourite, the old, slow focusing and cranky 60mm, distortion free and luminous macro which I love with a wholly illogical passion.

So, we were talking about photography, and you can’t talk about photography if you’ve got your kit with you without actually doing some photography. Now I’m not hugely experienced with food photography (unlike, say, family portraits), but I do love an excuse to get up close and personal with my macro, and, unlike flowers blowing about in the wind and insects on the move, taking a few shots of decent food is a relatively straightforward exercise as long as you’re after an informal, reportage / boho / bistro type of feel, which my friends cafe was perfect for.

So I took a few shots.

And when I got them home, I dirtied them up a little, upped the temp and downed the saturation, fuzzed up the edges a little with some aggressive vignetting, and upped the clarity to make the glass sing. And my friend got a free mini shoot for his business. Everyone was happy.


*The pack consists of

Nikon d7000 body with dual 32Gb cards & MB-11 Battery grip

Nikon 18-200 3.5-5.6G ED VR (1st gen)

Nikon 60mm 2.8D

Tokina 11-16 AT-X PRO

Nikon Speedlight SB-700

Nikon SB-400