Been working a lot lately so coffeewise its been all about roasting coffee for the drip in the morning. Looks like my involvement in (a very time consuming) project at work will soon be over, so maybe there will be more time for espresso stuff in the afternoons.
Qualification rounds for the norwegian barista championship will be held 26t-28th of January in the new Stockflets bar in Prinsens gate, Oslo. The barista championship itself is in the end of february, 18-19th to be precise, and that one will be held in the "Süd/Øst" restaurant/bar/cafe/nightclub in Trondheimsveien. More info at www.scae.no. I'm really looking forward to being there to talk to people and take photos. Maybe I'll meet some of you guys there? I know Chris will be competing and that Audun will be present as well, not to compete, but to enjoy good coffee and company.
I've switched to a Canon 300D digital DSLR. Not that I was disatisfied with my Olympus C-750. All the photos I've posted here have been taken with that nice camera. The main reason for switching is the wide angle in the kit lens and the reduced noise in pictures taken at a high ISO setting. Even pictures taken at ISO 800 are usable. In a pinch there is a ISO 1600 setting as well, but then the noise is really evident throughout the frame.
Other nice features:
- really fast battery charger. It charges a full load in just 90 minutes compared to more than 12 hours for my old camera.
- access to all EOS/EF lenses in the Canon range. They are very expensive though.
- 2.5 pictures per second speed shooting
I've only taken a few pictures so far and to be honest I haven't been that impressed with the results right out of the memory card. It is evident that I will need to spend more time in Photoshop sharpening and adjusting pictures. I am confident though that it will beat the Olympus when I learn how to get the most out of it. Most importantly it will allow me to take pictures in low light conditions that were impossible to do with the Olympus because of ISO noise.
I cycled past the new Java bar at St.Hanshaugen today. It was packed with people so I decided to stop by another day. Have any of you been there?
Well, I hope you are all well. Take care. 1/15/2005 09:34:00 PM