After several days of not taking any photos, other than test shots with a couple of new lenses, I went out for some scenic shooting, with a fellow photographer, Ritche Perez. We started out with a foggy cold morning in Portugal Cove. It started to clear while we were stillRead More →

Nikon Z6 nameplate

I’ve resisted mirrorless cameras for a long time, just like Canon and Nikon did. But as it, along with cellphone photography, becomes much more mainstream, the expectation of theatre audiences has become such that DSLR’s are not welcome in such venues any more. So, although I’ve cut back on thisRead More →

After owning for about four years, I’ve sold my Nikon D610, and that means I’m now without a full frame camera for personal gigs. I’m intending to replace it with a mirrorless Nikon Z6 this coming week, all being well, but it means learning a new system, quickly, and learningRead More →

Indian Monsooned Malabar - beans in a cup

So far, I have consciously sampled fifteen different coffee beans, most being single origin. One stands out way above the others, and that’s Indian Monsooned Malabar. I Drink Coffee roasts this dark, and I don’t know how it could possibly be any better. It’s not even expensive. I start gettingRead More →

Ever since I got serious into this espresso thing, I’ve been using two tools to prepare my grounds in the portafilter – a distribution tool, and a tamper. I wasn’t really sure about the voodoo power of either at the time, and bought cheap off Amazon, rather than the expensiveRead More →

Canada Post is driving me nuts this year. They’ve always been bad in St. John’s, but there used to be a time where you could get someone on the phone willing to call the local depot and follow up on a package that was overdue, or missing. Now you can’t.Read More →

Today, St. John’s is experiencing what will likely be the worst snow storm recorded here, expecting 70cm of snow when its all over, with hurricane force winds. The mayor declared a state of emergency this morning, to keep everything off the road, and snow plows were taken off the roadsRead More →

One of the things that seems to elicit different viewpoints where espresso is concerned, is the importance of crema. Some claim it to be “the worst part” of espresso and if you don’t get it, it’s no big deal, while others claim it to be essential to a well-prepared espresso.Read More →

Espresso tamped in a portafilter

Sticky

This is a personal spreadsheet of settings and measurements that work for me with different coffees. I’m not sure its of any use to anyone else, though if you use a combination of a Gaggia Classic Pro and Baratza Sette 270, and have the same taste in coffee as me,Read More →

It’s January 3rd, and I haven’t taken any photos this year. During the first two weeks of December, I took over 7,000 photos across 14 assignments. I’m not through editing, but I am through preliminary image selection – one of the longest parts of editing for me when working withRead More →

I started a new (for me) roast this week – Columbian Supremo. This is a medium roast coffee I got from IDrinkCoffee.com. I had a very frustrating week with it, and only managed to finally get my grind dialed in as I finished the bag. I started out with theRead More →

When I started my new expensive hobby (expresso?), I learned that to get started, you should pull a double espresso shot – 2oz, in 20-30 seconds. This is fluid Ounces – volume, not weight. More recently as I was looking into purchasing a better grinder, it came up that IRead More →

I’ve long been an advocate of focus fine tune aids for camera/lens systems, in particular, the docks offered by Sigma and Tamron for their lenses. The system allows for focus fine tuning at multiple distances, and in the case of zoom lenses, at multiple focal lengths. This is better thanRead More →

A photo of some weeds from my Pixel 3 taken as the sun was going down.

Out walking Jill yesterday, and captured these photos while the sun was getting lower in the sky, using my Pixel 3. I think it did a pretty good job, and I’m actually thinking about using it for all my Instagram posts. I’ve long hated Instagram because I’m not much ofRead More →

Oily Coffee Beans - Sumatran Mandheling

UPDATE: Its worth starting out by saying that the tests in this review are too flawed for it to be valid. While the tastes were all mine, I don’t think I’d put much validity into this article. Check this article out for more on my thinking here. I get myRead More →

The light was very pretty as I arrived for work this morning. I wonder… are the fall colours the way they are to get us accustomed to colder temperatures, while making it feel warm though colour?Read More →

UPDATE: Its worth starting out by saying that the tests in this review are too flawed for it to be valid. While the tastes were all mine, I don’t think I’d put much validity into this article. Check this article out for more on my thinking here. I wrote earlierRead More →

UPDATE: Its worth starting out by saying that the tests in this review are too flawed for it to be valid. While the tastes were all mine, I don’t think I’d put much validity into this article. Check this article out for more on my thinking here. Before I deletedRead More →

What is it about the ladybug that makes it so much more appealing than any other beetle? This was a tricky little chap (or chappette) wandering over my patio door. It wouldn’t keep still and without a tripod, shooting 105mm macro was hard to get anything in focus at all.Read More →

It was a windy day, perfect for a visit to one of my favourite places, Middle Cove Beach. Today though, the gulls caught my attention. Shot with my Nikon D500 and Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lens.Read More →

After 15-plus years of living in Airport Heights, I finally crossed Portugal Cove Road to follow the Virginia River Trail. I didn’t get too far, since I didn’t have a long time to get back home, but I still managed a nice collection of varied nature photos. Mostly taken withRead More →

One of the topics of this blog is coffee.  I’m a little OCD, and it seems that espresso is a great hobby for people with this affliction.  The measuring, the grind size…  it’s all done with a precision to give the barista consistent results each time.  I will say rightRead More →

I administer a locally based Facebook group called Focal Play. It’s somewhere for local photographers to show their work that meets a challenge – renewed every two weeks. Occasionally, we also go on group outings, and we recently went on a farm visit in Mount Pearl. Here are some ofRead More →

Nature's Discoball - a seeded dandelion with lots of dew.

Nature is always amazing. The unique signature of each dead dandelion in my back yard. They were promptly decapitated and mowed following this quick shoot. Now, nothing beats my discoball dandelion of 2015 which remains one of my favourite photos from nature that I’ve taken.Read More →

I managed to capture a few small icebergs in Pouch Cove and Bauline recently. Pouch Cove was somewhat surrounded by them – these captured on 18th May. And this one was photographed in Bauline on 19th May. None of these were large, compared to many others around the island… thisRead More →