Sunday, July 29, 2012

t w o c h e f s & a t a b l e

Yesterday me and a friend went over a part of town that I don't frequent often. Vancouver is a beautiful city but what people outside of the town don't know is that it has probably one of the worst poverty ridden sectors in North America. East Hastings and Main street is notorious for being an area that you may not want to walk through. Having lived in Vancouver for most of my life, it is interesting to see but it really isn't that dangerous to walk through during the day. Anyway, I am rambling but there is a point to this. The restaurant is located near that area but you wouldn't know it when you walk in.

When you walk into Two Chefs and a Table it really feels like you stepped a different place altogether. Amidst the instability in the surrounding neighborhood, you walk into a restaurant that is brightly lit, smells of coffee and good food.

They served all their coffee in french presses which I thought was neat (and it was a welcome sight in the morning). I had the Joe's Special (grass fed beef, spinach, seasonal mushrooms, thyme, scrambled eggs, toast and hashbrowns) and my friend Sue had the Monsieur Andre (artisan sourdough bread, daily charcuterie, grilled). Definitely coming back here. The food was fresh and concepts on brunch were original. The space is also a photographers dream with the open space and the abundance of light. Felt a little rude snapping away while my friend was right in front of me but she understands.

Monday, July 23, 2012

s i m i l a r p e r s p e c t i v e s

So a decidedly similar thought process between myself and someone led me to get my first macro lens. Picked up the Canon 100mm F2.8 and I have to say I'm impressed. Macro is much more challenging than I thought though. The depth of field at 1:1 leaves no margin for error. You really do need a tripod for the most part. But it's nothing we won't master :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

l o o k i n g f o r w a r d

This blog has been abandoned for far too long. The last time I updated this was the fall of 2011 when I was still travelling through Europe. Since then there hasn't been much to write about. In all honesty, my inspiration for photography went down significantly since too. Home is home and I love Vancouver but the scenery and the architecture really is so different from Europe's.

Well the good thing is, I am headed over to Europe again in a few short months. This is just a trip though as I won't be moving my life over there this time. The plan is to start the trip off in London to visit old friends and catch up over a few pints. Following that I will be headed off to Italy where I will spend a few days in Florence, hire a car and spend a week in Tuscany (where I plan to drink copious amounts of wine and indulge in the most authentic southern Italian dishes), hop on a train to go to Naples and then spend another week in the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, Capri). From there it's a short flight to Barcelona. Doing this all with a good friend of mine so I am looking forward to it. It'll be good to be outside the city for a while, I need a break.

Anyways, a blog post would not be a proper post without some pictures. These were taken during the golden hour, in a blueberry field. I couldn't miss out on the light and I had been thinking about someone as I took these. It really is the little things that matter most - whether it be a simple thought or a little bit of light. Sometimes the best things lie right in front of you. But if you don't realize it and embrace it, it could just pass you by. The light that night was just too good to not appreciate it.