38 espresso, kingston
It is crazy to think that 38 espresso on the Kingston foreshore has been open for business barely a month, because this place has the hip, bustling vibe and consistently excellent coffee to shake up the more established players in town. Nick and the team have created a wonderful space to work, relax, or catch up with friends, and I really enjoyed my time here. The shop is very photogenic, with beautiful retro light fittings, exposed ceiling, local art pieces, and the ever-stylish Pauchard Tolix stools clustered around rustic wooden tables.
By mid-morning, a rather nice diffused light entered the cafe. I found myself shooting close ups of the food and coffee around f/5-f/7 at 1/60 sec, and iso 200-500. I used a Canon speedlite with an off-shoe cord and a softbox, to introduce some soft light at different angles. Photographing coffee is a unique challenge; textured milk forms large bubbles within about 30 seconds after being left to stand, and it quickly became apparent that I would achieve the best results by composing the shot, working out lighting placement, and only then introducing the cup of coffee at the last minute. I grabbed a few shots of the shop too, including a High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo to balance the exposure of the sky and the foreground, and I created an interior wide-angle shot, using 14 separate images.
If you’re visiting Kingston or Lake Burley Griffin, check out 38’s coffee, great sandwiches and Sweet Bones baked goods!