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Espresso Pouring

Espresso pouring This is probably getting a bit boring, but I’m going to talk about my new flash and lens again. I can’t help playing with new toys, even though most of my time has been spent scooping ice cream in the shops! Once I get my head around how to use the system to its full potential, I should be able to get some very cool photos.

Espresso pouringIt’s such a handy thing to have photographs of the various tasty treats that we sell, and a benefit of taking pictures myself is that I love the subject! Now I just need to get a little more professional about it.

One of the most exciting things about a flash system is that you can take high speed close-up photos, and I managed a few of espresso. It’s a bit awkward to get the lens into a position to take the shot, but I think these turned out pretty well…

For anyone who is interested in flashes and lighting, there is a fantastic blog called Strobist that has a wealth of information…

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12 Responses to “Espresso Pouring”

  1. June 5th, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Lilijana Arliss says:

    Hi Kieran.

    I love your website, I love your camera! I love your ice-creams! My friend went to Dingle during easter break and I TOLD HER SHE MUST go to Murphy’s! I am so jealous she was able to have your ice cream fresh-she loved it. I’m writing about your website on http://dublin.metblogs.com/ Just wanted to let you know, I think you’re great! I am trying my best to buy all your ice creams and try them out-thank god I’m running lots now or I’ll be a BO! :)

    P.S-I make your brownies ALL THE TIME (the one without the raising agents flour!!)

  2. June 5th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Lilijana Arliss says:

    BTW, the espresso shots are wonderful. I am such a food-addict, an ice-cream addict…and a coffee addict…. :)

  3. June 5th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Lorraine@italianfoodies says:

    And there was I thinking my espresso shots looked good!!:(

  4. June 6th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Laura says:

    Now all you have to do is choose which picture to enter in this months DMBLGiT! Is there any hope for the rest of us?!

  5. June 6th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Lorraine@italianfoodies says:

    LAURA!! Don’t tell him!!

  6. June 11th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Cian says:

    Having seen the ladies post I had to check out what DMBLGiT was. Some stunning photos there, yours would be among good company WHEN you win! ;-)

  7. June 22nd, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Kevin Sexton says:

    Jesus Kieran, you’re shots are fantastic, read somewhere else that you got into the whole flash thing ..you’re capturing some great close-ups there. plenty of use for those eh?

  8. June 22nd, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Kieran says:

    Thanks, Kevin! Yeah, the Nikon system is cool alright…

  9. July 28th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Erik says:

    As seasoned amateur photographer myself, I’ve got to say I love your shots – you’ve done a fine job with product photography. You mentioned that this was a ‘boring’ topic – well to those of us who appreciate it – please keep it up. What I’d love to see are some shots showing the setup – a shot from behind or to the side showing how you have the lighting, the camera and the background positioned in relation to your subjects.

    I also love the coloring of your photos – do you do software editing, or are these coming out of the camera as is? If you do edit, what do you like to use? What typical adjustments do you make to your photos before posting?

    Your photos remind me of what I see in one of my favorite magazines – Cooking Light – I would like to try some product photos myself – perhaps I’ll be inspired by your site.

    You speak of Ireland being a bit dark, well your photos are quite bright and cheery. Being from Oregon, we share some of the same weather, so I can appreciate your concerns there.

    Love the blog – Ice cream, sweets, good recipes, photography, Ireland – what great subjects all in the same place. Keep up the good work.

  10. July 28th, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Kieran says:

    Thanks, Erik! I’ve done very, very little adjusting of colour. The colours are usually perfect with the D80. I use Photoshop Elements for editing, usually just to crop, sometimes sharpen, and sometimes to bring up the light…

  11. September 13th, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Austin says:

    Kieran.

    I am interested in buying the D80. What lens should I get with it for starters?

    Cheers,

    Austin

  12. September 14th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Kieran says:

    My first lens was the 1.4 50mm Nikkor lens. It’s cheap and brilliant!

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Murphys Ice Cream has shops in Dingle, Killarney and Dublin 2 (Wicklow Street).