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National Burger Day

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National Burger Day, lets think about that for a second shall we. A whole day set aside to celebrate burgers? Gluttony or genius? Whatever your stance, this isn’t technically a national holiday (yet), it is however already up there in terms of big celebrations for me, rubbing shoulders with Halloween, Birthday’s & Christmas.

I have already expressed my praise for this event when Phil and I visited last year so there was every reason to expect much of the same from this year’s celebrations. However, this year got off to a much better start with my work deciding to jump on the burger van too. Big up’s go to City Pantry for hooking us up burgers from the lovely Patty & Bun, no joke, I ate two at lunch! It was than a furious digesting session for the next 4 hours until it was time to finish work and head of to Street Feast in Dalston Yard, East London. At the end of the evening, I managed to nom my way through a rather respectable 5 sliders. Rather talk about the burger any more, I will just get on with listing them in order of recommendation and the shoving a load of photos in your face to make you feel peckish and jealous.

Top 5 are;

1: Smokestack
2: Lucky Chip
3: Hotbox
4: Slider Bar
5: Nanban

Now in case you haven’t got the foggiest what that lot means, the menu is below.

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SHOOTINGDAVE

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Dip & Flip

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Welcome to Dip & Flip; Dipping Gravy, Flipping Burgers is their game and I kid you not, this is some of the most indulgent food I have EVER consumed! EVER! If I was wearing a hat, I would doff it to them.

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Based in the heart of Clapham, near Clapham Junction these guys serve up burger big enough for those with an appetite the size of a Borough. If this isn’t exactly local to you then I strongly urge you to consider making the pilgrimage. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

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On my first (and so far only) visit, the anticipation was killing me. This had been on my list of places to eat for a while! First thing’s first, what to drink?

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I made the rather bold decision to go for a milkshake. Odd considering this was in the middle of January. But by God! These milkshakes are worth visiting for alone! What was the food going to be like?

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As I mentioned earlier, properly indulgent! After trying to figure out the best way to hoist the burger to my face I just thought, “sod it” and grabbed it in all it’s juicy goodness! It is something you just have to deal with. You will get messy. They know that, there’s no shame in it. There is even kitchen roll on the tables!

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I opted for the “Dip & Flip Burger” with beef on top… There are no other words for it, it was EPIC. I also went for some fries with squeezy cheese on top. So wrong yet SO RIGHT!!! Seemingly all meat has been dipped in gravy (hence the tag line) but you also get an extra dish of gravy with all your food.

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For me, eating burgers has been revolutionised! This is good! This is perfect for a hangover. This is ideal for when you have a hunger you just cannot satisfy! And best of all, it ain’t that expensive!

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Well done Dip & Flip – I will be back!

SHOOTINGDAVE

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New Year, New Coffee

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And so we step into a New Year full of ambition and hope, each of us armed with a list as long as our arm of things we are going to do, stop doing and change. It really is an exciting prospect having a clean slate on which we can all start again and pardon the mistakes of the past year. I am not going to sit here and list of a self indulgent list of things I want to change about myself. Instead I am going to offer you one more thing to add to your list. If you’re struggling with your list then you can have this one on me, it’s free! It is simply drink coffee, or rather drink decent coffee! (Unless you hate coffee in which case, there are some pretty pictures below which I will tell you how I created).

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But seriously nothing boils my blood faster than people saying “I love a good cup of coffee!” yet they make it with instant coffee! Often consumed by the gallon purely for the caffeine kick it offers. I won’t go into the effects of drinking too much caffeine as this is not a health blog but I feel you should drink less coffee and savour it! Make time to make to make good coffee. Drink more water and drink better coffee. Trust me, you will feel more alert.

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I have an Aeropress at work and now, thanks to my sister, I have one at home too! An Aeropress is probably the easiest step to take to making better coffee. Essentially it is a big plunger that uses air to push hot water and ground coffee through a filter into your cup. Literally takes about 3 minutes to make. 3 minutes! So for those of you concerned that you might need some sort of degree or need to be a fully qualified barista to make good coffee at home, well you are wrong. Now about the coffee, I like Workshop Coffee but you can go into any coffee shop, speak to a Barista about what type of coffee you like and they should be able to recommend some for you. They will even grind it for you! It is really that simple! Then you can impress all your friends about how you know about coffee and how you can make coffee yourself – all the while remaining smug as it really is quite simple with an Aeropress.

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Enough about the coffee, some of you might have been interested in how I went about taking this shot. No? Well it is a strobist shot. Which essentially means I used a flash gun to light the shot, or part of it. Above is a shot with no flash gun, it is just ambient light. I was taking shot like this to test composition and find the ambient light. Once I was happy with what would be in shot I put it in on a tripod. (I use a Manfrotto tripod, the 055XPROB one to be precise with a 498RC2 head).

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I liked the warm glow coming from the lamp on the right so I used a custom white balance of 5000K to accentuate it. I then used a 1/2 stop CTB colour correction gel on the flash to bring the out the natural colours on the mug and the packet. If I didn’t do this, the flash would appear too warm and make the colours of the subjects look false.

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It got quite cramped in my tiny little London kitchen but here is a setup shot. To diffuse the flash, so we don’t get harsh shadows, I put it inside my Westcott Apollo 28″ Softbox. This is probably my favourite light modifier I use as it allows me control the light and stop it spilling about all over the place. It also creates an amazing quality of light and produces really nice shadows and light falloff. If I was to use a shoot-through umbrella, some of the light would come out of the front and some of it would come out of the back bouncing around my compact kitchen causing it tint the colour in undesired areas.

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Here is another look at the setup. The flash inside my softbox is a Canon 430EX II at 1/32 Power. It was triggered by my Hahnel Combi TF triggers. I used a Canon TC-80N3 remote to fire the camera so I didn’t disturb it whilst taking the shots. The Camera settings were: 1/15 Sec – f/2.0 – ISO 250 – on a Canon 5D MkIII with a 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Hope you found this of some interest.

SHOOTINGDAVE