Aug 29, 2008

Butterflies and coffee

DSC_0652This is a bit of a catch-up post from three weeks ago when we took a trip to the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The boys had fun checking out all the different colors and letting the butterflies land on them. It's a pretty cool place for kids.

Butterflies are hard to shoot in flight, it's easy enough when they have landed but in the air well that's a different matter. Erratic flight patterns, fast for their size and a tight depth of field due to the lighting and shutter speed required make it a challenge. Therefore this post is officially declared a no-butterflies-in-the-air zone.

As you can see in the image below, Keegan was pretty happy to let the butterflies sit in his hands. Some of them were pretty big, not quite hang glider size but big nonetheless. It was good for the two boys to learn how to be a bit more gentle than they are with our black lab. ;-)


Butterflies were landing on anything and everything, Evan did an admirable job of being patient while this butterfly crawled around until I go the angle I wanted of Keegan looking on in interest.


DSC_0692-Butterfly-fingerI really like this image of Evan studying the butterfly on his finger. The natural light sweeping across his face gives a nice sense of dimension, too bad he looks a bit cross-eyed. ;-)

Looking at images like this it's easy to see how fast the boys are growing up. It really does happen in the blink of an eye.

On to coffee...


DSC_0796-Espresso-streamI've been roasting lots of different greens recently; Brazilian Jacaranda, Ethiopian Korate, Ugandan Bugisu, Ethiopian Kochere, Sumatra Iskandar TP, etc, etc. All good greens with great potential for espresso pulls.

Here's a little bit of mid-stream gloppiness before it gets turned into a four ounce latte.

The image above is a tight depth of field shot across the surface of a four ouncer with a bit of latte art poured - hopefully it looks like a striated heart.

This next image might not be for everyone but I'm really liking the stylistic fashion of the high ISO which produces that graininess and the softened almost dreamy effect caused by the wide open aperture.


If that wasn't your thing then this one will almost certainly not be your thing. This is a study in microfoam, showing the really tight microfoam compared next to the slightly larger bubbles as caused by the pour which has disturbed the milk enough to cause a bubble combining effect and hence slightly larger bubbles.


For those of you who are shaking your heads and wondering "why microfoam, weirdo?" here is a standard issue pour from this morning. The same four ouncers that I always pour, slightly off-frame and hoping for a nice lighting effect sweeping across the horizontal plane from left to right.


There you go, butterflies and coffee. Apologies to the cyclists out there. ;-)


Erin said...

I love your photography! You do a fabulous job of combining your passions. Thanks for sharing photos of your trip to Cockrell Butterfly Center - it takes talent to catch the butterflies so still, and your little ones are too cute!

Shaun Taylor said...

Thanks Erin. You guys do a great job at the Butterfly Center, it really is a great place for kids!