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Trade Coffee - How to Order Coffee Online - From a Coffee Nerd's Perspective

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Trade Coffee - How to Order Coffee Online - From a Coffee Nerd's Perspective

Being a self-proclaimed coffee nerd, you get swept up in the number of options that face you when ordering online or ordering in general. For many, a good cup of coffee ranges from Dunkin’ Donuts to a sugar bomb known as a Starbuck’s signature drink.


images shot with the Sony A7R II - Fuji X100 (OG) - Fuji XT-2 - iPhone X

Is Starbucks the McDonald’s of coffee??

Is Starbucks the McDonald’s of coffee??

Now, I don’t want to totally denigrate Starbucks. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it serves a purpose and it’s marketed properly to be the default for people who are supposedly drinking good coffee. Over the past few years as I dive further into my coffee obsession, I discovered Trade Coffee via an Instagram ad. Needing to pickup coffee beans for the week, I clicked on the ad and decided to make a purchase. To my surprise, this is what came in my first shipment.

Trade sends you a nice welcoming package, including some basic but detailed information in regards to how to brew your coffee. Personally, I prefer a french press or pour over but for most, an auto drip coffee maker will work. If you want to brew great coffee while traveling I recommend the AeroPress - it’s great for a quick brewed, espresso like coffee on the go.

Ordering is easy, you can order via subscription or one bag at at time. They also walk you thru a matching process to find a coffee that meets your palette’s desire. I like bright, floral, acidic coffee. You may prefer a dark, chocolaty, robust brew. Either way, with a few clicks they will give you recommendations based on geography, flavor profile and so on.

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Trade will also send you text message updates to encourage you to order by offering free shipping if you order a bag within a 15 day window.

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Which leads to the final portion of this article…how much? The bags of coffee run from $11 and up. You can also find rare beans such as the Geisha bean which runs upwards to a hundred dollars. All in all, if you’re a coffee nut, give Trade a chance. $16 might sound like a lot for 12 ounces of coffee but it’s a much better value than that $5 caramel frap and it tastes a hell of a lot better too. Now for some gratuitous coffee photos. If you find this helpful check me out on below and if you have a vendor you use please feel free to let me know, I”m always looking for good coffee. Happy caffeine consumption. Cheers and Happy New Year.

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Vagabond - Dallas - Lower Greenville

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Vagabond - Dallas - Lower Greenville

VAGABOND

brunch.  lunch.  craft beer.

                                                        Bocce Ball On the Back Patio


All images captured with the Fuji X-T1 and Zeiss 12mm F2.8 Lens


One thing I promised to do for this blog is to start combining my photography with experiences that I have, not just my photography work.  Whether it be eating, drinking, living etc.  I want to use this blog to share experiences that would be relevant from a general sense.  Hopefully this will be a great way to combine my photography passion and make it universally useful.  This is my first post related to giving you a visual perspective of different places to eat and drink in town and out of town for that matter. 

I happened to stumble upon this restaurant/bar called Vagabond located in the 'Lower Greenville' area of Dallas.  I won't go into a huge review about how the food was, or the decor, or anything that is overly subjective.  All that I can say about Vagabond is that it's a nice, chill place for brunch, bloody mary's, mimosas and craft beers.  The photographs will tell you what you need to know about a pretty cool spot that I'm sure I'll visit again down the road.  The photos illustrate the food, the environment and atmosphere.  Vagabond offers brunch, live music, DJ's (late night) and modern American fare.   Get out there and check it out!

For more information about Vagabond, check out their menu and website here and if you find this info useful feel free to subscribe below!

 

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traveling - some insight on traveling light

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traveling - some insight on traveling light

Over the past month I have been fortunate to travel back home to Michigan and Atlanta to capture weddings.  That being said I wanted to give some insight on the travel aspect and what it means to travel light. 

First, don't over pack.  In both instances I was able to travel for an entire weekend with (1) TENBA LARGE MESSENGER BAG.  That includes all of my camera gear that I felt I needed (and there were definitely things I left at home) plus attire.

Second, wear clothing that is versatile to your travels.  You can cut down on a lot of bag space by simply wearing clothes that are versatile to different events.  One pair of jeans, two shirts, two pairs of underwear, one pair of socks, sandals and a dress shirt is plenty for an entire weekend. It's not that difficult, it's more a fear of forgetting something that causes people to extremely over pack.

Lastly, for photographers out there......the gear used for these two trips (and a couple of quick shots):  I'll have dedicated posts for each of these weddings soon, but I've attached a couple of highlight photos....

  • 1 Fuji X-T1
  • 1 Fuji X-E1
  • 1 Olympus OMD EM1
  • Olympus 12-40mm F2.8
  • Olympus 45mm F1.8
  • Fuji 18mm F2
  • Fuji 23mm F1.4
  • Fuji 35mm F1.4
  • Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 Nikon II
  • 2 X Yongnuo 560 II Flashes
  • 4 Wireless Flash Triggers (Comtrig)
  • Memory Cards

This kit covered every focal range I needed and fit in one not so large messenger bag, along with enough clothes to cover me for two days.  The next time you feel like you can't fit a weekends worth of clothes in a bag that fits under the seat of an airplane, remember you read this article!




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The Panasonic Lumix DMC GH3 Versus The Olympus OM-D EM-5 - A Review

GH3 OMD Review

INTRO:

Recently,  I have been shooting with mirrorless cameras primarily.  After trying the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the Fuji XE-1, I decided to settle upon the Olympus OM-D EM-5.  The past weekend I had a chance to take the Panasonic offering for a spin. This is a quick reflection of two of the best high end micro four thirds format cameras on the market.

Here is a less than 1200 word comparison review. There are plenty of OMD reviews so I don't want to re-hash what's already been done.  This is simply a comparison of the design, ergonomics, image quality and usability of each camera.

EQUIPMENT USED:

OLYMPUS OM-D EM-5, PANASONIC LUMIX GH3, PANASONIC SUMMILUX 25MM F1.4, OLYMPUS 12MM F2.0, OLYMPUS 45MM F1.8 AND ZEISS LEICA M BIOGON F2 LENSES.

ERGONOMICS AND USABILITY:

As far as usability, both cameras provide the same type of features.  I did find that manually focusing with legacy lenses proved to be more difficult using the Panasonic's digital view finder.  There is something about the viewfinder and the LCD of the Olympus that is slightly easier to use when manually focusing. Both view finders are extremely bright and extremely capable, however, for me personally I did not feel confident that my focus was spot on when shooting with my Zeiss 35mm F2 Biogon Lens.  Ergonomically, the GH3 is better in regards to fitting in your hands, however, I feel that this is expected considering that the GH3 is remarkably closely shaped like an entry level DSLR.  All of this is negated by the Olympus HLD-6 grip.  Once the grip is installed on the OMD, it has a solid feel in your hands and is noticeably slimmer than the GH3.

As far as dials, custom controls and the basic setup.  I feel that the GH3 wins in this category.  It reminds me a lot of my old Canon cameras with a dedicated ISO, and WB button.  Also the drive dial on the left is extremely convenient.  The OMD is highly customizable and can be setup in a number of ways to compensate, but straight out of the box the GH3 has a much more convenient button layout.

Build quality easily goes to the Olympus here.  The GH3 has a quality build, but feels very plasticky.  I liken it to the Canon 60D, the body is stable but when you grab a 5D Mark III you can easily distinguish which camera is built better.  The OMD has an almost metallic quality to it, a solidarity that you just don't get with the GH3. When I pick up the OMD I feel like I have a real piece of kit in my hand, when I grab the GH3 I feel that there is something missing.

IMAGE QUALITY:

Both cameras both have excellent output, easily the best of any four thirds camera.  At low ISOs four micro four third sensor cameras such as these can hang with the big boys.  I am hoping that Metabones develops a Speed Adapter so I can get narrower depth of field for portraits.

Personally, I prefer the skin tones of the OMD over the Panasonic.  Now for those of you who are tech nerds like myself, you will argue that the GH3 is for videographers more so than still photographers, but for a $1500 price tag I feel that I should like the output of stills as well as video.  The images from the GH3 just felt flat, I didn't feel that the sensor brought out the personality of the lenses.  Most of the unedited photos felt like they didn't have any emotion.  That's not to say that you can't get what you want in post processing, but it's nice to not do any additional editing.  Since I take photos of people, the OMD just does it for me in regards to preserving skin tones and having a bit of life to them.  In looking at the photos below, the skin tones of the OMD feel more natural while the white balancing of the GH3 has a warmer tone.  This maybe a matter of preference but straight out of the camera the OMD wins here for me.  Both photos below are completely unedited.

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Another example of skin tones:  The Panasonic just doesn't seem to have the same look, even though both were shot in the same lens in the same lighting at the same ISO.

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OMD
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Finally, a photo of our dog Barron.  Once again the Panasonic just doesn't have the look that I prefer.  The OMD just has an 'IT' factor over the GH3

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CONCLUSION:

You can't go wrong with either camera, but after a weekend of shooting them I prefer the Oly OMD.  There is a value issue here as well.  The GH3 is currently several hundred dollars more than the Olympus.  If you're a videographer you probably prefer the GH3 over the OMD for it's pedigree, but for me and my style of photography....THE OMD WINS.

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Panasonic Lumix GH3

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Olympus 12mm F2.0

Panasonic 25mm F1.4

Panasonic 45MM F1.8

Zeiss 35mm Biogon F2

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