So this customer of mine (drummer, laid back kinda dude) comes in Friday. Haven't seen him in a while so we strike up a conversation. How ya's and nice holidays and all that.
He asks how me photography is going? Well, I tell him how it's been slow this year. Not shooting much 35mm anymore, all large format. Take him in the other room and show him the Beseler enlarger I've got kept at the store. He asks if I would be interested in an enlarger? I say, HECK YEAH! So what is it?
I have a darkroom capable of producing 16x20s now. I've really enjoyed the results but the process is more difficult and less fun. This can be even more so with Fiber base paper. It's harder to get in the speed easel, more ornery in the trays, takes forever to wash. It makes something more difficult even more difficult. However I do like how it looks and I know it's viewed as "more serious" than RC. Oh, and let's not forget the post drying curl and I have yet to get a dry mount press
a few nights ago it was cold, batch 5 was cooked up and roasted to a not light, and not dark color.
it slept overnight in a glass jar, i think it once was a jelly jar, it was there so i used it.
i grabbed my mortar and pestle and threw a few beans in, then a few more and i began to crush them.
i realized from my first batch, that the fewer the beans the easier it is to crush them
so i took my time and threw a few beans at a time and pulverized them so they were probably
Updated 01-14-2011 at 11:47 AM by jnanian
it was too cold tonight to roast outside. around 20ºF, and about 6 or 7 fresh inches of
snow on the ground, so i put the stovetopfan on and opened a window.
i put a wok on the stove and the heat on. i put about 2 handfuls of light beans in it,
grabbed my blackened spoon and scattered them for 20 minutes.
they smoked a little, but not too bad.
i watched as they went from whitish yellowish to brownish tan
to darker. the chaff littered the wok as the beans
it was cold, really cold.
snow was falling and the young ones
were all sound asleep.
i had gone to the coffee shop earlier in the day
and picked up the motherload of green beans.
it was a win-win situation, seeing he has no use for
robusta and only sells arabica to his clientele.
he had a client years ago he roasted for but she hasn't come back
in years. when i called a few weeks ago i could tell he was happy.