Camera Gear as a Photographer

Posted by on 10, Jan, 2013 in Admin, Maylands | Comments Off

I wanted to have a chat about the professional photography equipment that I use as I get asked this question regularly.

Being a professional photographer in Perth the cost of a camera isn’t as much of a problem to me as these are my work tools. In general when I shoot in a café it’s natural light, so I don’t add in any flash or artificial light source, nor bounce any light of reflectors etc.

My camera is a Canon 1Dx, which is the top of the range latest model from Canon, with a full frame sensor and 21Megapixels. In most cases I shoot with a Canon 50mm f1.2 lens, and the other times I use, Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 24-70mm f2.8, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 lenses. It all depends on the café that I walk into and what the lighting is like. I always have 2 cameras on me and 1 back up, just in case.

When I’m on a commercial job or a wedding, I can’t take any chances so the 1D cameras are the best for me. One of the huge features is that each photo is in 2 places at each time as the camera

In general most cafes don’t know who I am and I try to conceal the camera, so I only walk in with one of them. Once I get my coffee I then take out the laptop and camera so the product is on the table and ready for me to drink and take photos.

Today we went to Sherbet again, we do enjoy this place and my daughter loves their cupcakes and other sweet things. Today she decided to have one of their brownies with cream, as you can see a before and after shot here, it went down like a treat.

Coffee was also exceptional – as usual. You can definitely get an excellent coffee here each time you walk in, irrespective of who is on the coffee machine. One of the biggest issues is cafes is staff change, where each person has their own way of making coffee, so to get your staff lined up with a little variance is important, so when we “customers” come in we can get a coffee that is made and tastes just like we remember and like it to be.

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Chocolate Brownie


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And all done – a good sign

VERDICT: Yummy brownies.

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Sherbet Cafe – Long vs Mini Machs

Posted by on 28, Sep, 2012 in Fiori, Maylands | Comments Off

I did a little comparison to show how much coffee vs milk in a mini or long mach.  You can see that the volume of milk is significantly bigger in a long mach, hence the “long”.  Still in a glass, so you can see the coffee and milk ratio.

long vs mini

Mini Mach on Left and Long on Right

And now with milk in it:

Machs with milk

And for the individual shot of the Long Mach:

lonch mach coffee photo

Long Mach

And another shot… couldn’t help myself:

Long Mach


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As usual, coffee was sensational here at Sherbet.  No matter when I walk through the door it’s always buzzing with great atmosphere and coffee is exceptional.  If you’re into cupcakes and other cakes – this is your heaven, you can dine in and enjoy a cupcake or piece of one of their other cakes. If you need a cake to take home, order one ahead of time as they do get busy here with their orders, you can take credit for it when you get home.

Sherbet is Perth’s Cupcake central.

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Cupcakes at Sherbet


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Chapels on Whatley – Tea Heaven

Posted by on 15, Sep, 2011 in Maylands, Perth Cafes, Tea | Comments Off

I can only handle so many coffees in one day, so when I am still ready to keep going, I go to a tea place.  A perfect spot on Whatley Crescent in Maylands exists, it’s called “Chapels on Whatley“.

If you are into tea, you may already be aware of this sensational place. I love my green tea and appreciate a good cup. Recently I started to explore teas a bit more than usual and am slowly working my taste buds through their extensive range.

At the moment I’m drinking their Bai Hao Silver Needle tea, which is a white tea. This tea is the premium of teas, and it’s the 1st leaf that appears on the tea tree, it’s only picked once a year which is in spring. The tea comes from Fuijian province in China. It’s the most expensive tea you can get your hands on, it’s the one with most antioxidants and least caffeine in it. So if your body needs some antioxidants, you’ve found your perfect match, as this is as as good as it gets.

Here are some photos of Bai Hao Silver Needle Tea

This tea has a slight yellow colour to it and is very easy to drink, I brew mine in a large mug and let the leaves loose to extract, allowing them to sink naturally.  Most people don’t like the leaves floating, but they sink and they don’t end up in your mouth, so I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. I can drink 2 to 3 cups of this tea easily in one night, it’s great to drink.

At Chapels, they run Tea Tasting classes which are only $15.95.  It will be worth doing and introduce your taste buds to the world of teas and appreciate what is what.

More about Chapels in Whatley
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Sherbet Bake Shop – Babycino Time

Posted by on 21, Sep, 2010 in Maylands | Comments Off

It’s worth mentioning the exceptional presentation of babycinos these days at cafe.  Our kids go out with us all the time, and in a lot of cases they are the ones who are choosing where we go, I’m sure if you have kids, they have said “we want to go to …. ” and no where else will be good enough for them.  You don’t know what it is about the place, but it’s something.  For a while there my kid wanted to go to only one place, all the time, and all it was, was that they had some good toys there that they could play with. Kids??

Mush mellows with babycinos are a must. At Sherbet Bake Shop

Sherbet baby chino

And while the kids have their baby chinos, us parents will enjoy proper coffee.

coffee art at Sherbet Cafe

Baby Chino, Babycino, Baby Cino, Kids Coffee – call it what you want, but it’s here to stay and it will be more and more in demand as more kids become aware of this. It would be good to see some variations on babycinos, so the kids have got a choice too.

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Sherbet Bakeshop Photos of cakes

Posted by on 19, Aug, 2010 in Maylands | Comments Off

I did a quick photo shoot of the Humming Bird Cake at Sherbet Bakeshop in Maylands today.

The Humming Bird Cake is made with Bananas, Pineapple and Coconut.

The photos are here Sherbet Bakeshop Cake Photos

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