Recently I’ve come to a very simple realisation that ‘you simply cannot be good at everything’. By ‘good’ I mean educated in the matter. It’s odd because you may think that you understand these cliche sayings you hear through your life but understanding means nothing without enforcement. Since enforcing this philosophy I’ve really increased my productivity.
There was a point in time where there were several things I seemed to be juggling around trying to be good at, not just within photography but within my life as well. In photography, I wanted to take the best landscapes, the best portraits, the best long exposures, the best low light shots etc. Outside of Photography I wanted to be completely informed on how to go about fitness, how to go about studying, to be well read, to be good at managing my finances. All of this just isn’t feasible (at least not all in one go).
I guess this is more of a commentary on self-awareness, I found out what my niche is and what I’m good at, on this flip-side I’ve made peace with what I’m shit at. Continue reading “You can’t be good at everything.”
After becoming increasingly enthusiastic about different coffee blends, roasts and varieties I jumped at the opportunity to attend Birmingham’s coffee festival at the well known Custard Factory. Going there with very managed expectations I was blown away by how many like-minded people there were right on my doorstep and not too mention how many independent coffee corners in my city that I had yet to explore.
Continue reading “Coffee Festival (Birmingham)”
Over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve developed a love/enthusiasm for spending my time in independent coffee corners, tasting the different roasts and flavours each place has to offer.
I think coffee represents more than just a hot beverage that people drink when pulling that stressful all-nighter, or when trying to wake up for that 7 am shift; it provides a medium or excuse for people to connect with each other, what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter what ‘it’ is… but what it allows.
For me that ‘it’ just so happens to be filter coffee.
Before discussing topics like post-production and colour correction or PS6 or Adobe lightroom, I should go through the basics in a series of 1-3 or 1-5 posts.
The most important aspect before framing or even correct white balance would be correctly exposing the camera for the environment you’re in and the kind of shot you want to take. Exposure consists of 3 important factors, all which are interconnected, so if one is adjusted the rest are affected in a knock on effect. 3 Factors:
- ISO (sensitivity to light)
- Aperture (proportion of sensor exposed)
- Shutter speed (degree of time the sensor is exposed to light)
Continue reading “Photography basics: 1. Exposure”
Post production in terms of editing is a crucial part of photography, some people think to edit your pictures after they’ve been taken takes away from the reality and rawness of the image. Although this may be true in some aspects I think that post production allows you to salvage a shot that just doesn’t embody the vision you had for it. Continue reading “The importance of post production.”
The balance between interest and necessity is one that is incredibly hard to maintain or even hold in the first place. In a perfect world, we would be able to satisfy our necessities through our interests, however many of us including myself don’t live in that world.
These two themes will be different for everybody, people who have mastered this balance may have perhaps made a career of their passion e.g. A foodie running a successful food blog or a tech enthusiast owning a successful review channel etc. Others who struggle to find this balance might work a 9-5 they hate or in my case be on a degree their hearts aren’t 100% in, to make enough money to put themselves in a position to do what they want for a career, or even to be able to take the risks necessary to get there. Continue reading “Interest v Necessity”
*UPDATE* – Don’t go here, disregard everything said below, it was way too early to make a judgement. Explanation in due time.
COFFEE: 6/10 ATMOSPHERE: 7/10 SERVICE: 3/10
I come to Yorks bakery cafe every once in a while when I feel like a change in environment, they have an absolutely gorgeous aesthetic to the place with dark woods, caged lighting & white Eames chairs everywhere, it just has an overall inviting vibe.
Despite everything else being perfect the main focus should be the coffee (given that it is a coffee shop). The actual coffee roast is really unique: it tastes sweet and ripe showing that the espresso wasn’t over or under extracted but bitter at the same time to the right amount that a well-pulled espresso should be, it also has a nice lingering aftertaste. I think coffee should have a few flavour components that you can taste all at the same time, not just one dull tone that you’d expect from supermarket brand instant types. Continue reading “Coffee corners ep 2: Yorks (review)”