Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing the essence of a historic coffee shop, part of Travel Photography: Portrait of a City Neighborhood.
Male: So, we're in front of Cafe Trieste, this is one of my favorite coffee shops in the North Beach. North Beach is famous for its coffee shops, there's Puccini's, there's Roma, Greco, there's a bunch of coffee shops here, and they're all great, but, this is the one, this is really a special one. this is the one you read about in the guidebooks, this is the one that. The beatnicks used to come here. you will even see Ferlin-, Lawrence G-, Lawrence Ferlinghetti now and then showing up from City Lights Bookstore. Francis Ford Coppola wrote The Godfather screenplay here.
This place is really famous. And you gotta come here and you gotta take pictures here. And it's just one of the classic places in North Beach to, to visit. And the light in the coffee shop is just I , I can't tell you. I love it. And I, I just wanted to get a, some shots of the guy making a cappuccino. So I just asked him, Can I take a picture? It's, it's, you know, we've done this before. It's standard. you ask them, you're nice, you're going to buy something. Most of the time they're going to say yeah, so he gave me permission, I started photographing.
There's a, it's a busy place so I didn't want I really didn't want to interfere with their business too much. I had a wide angle lens on my main camera I put my point and shoot camera down to the macro macro setting. But I really wanted to get some close up of the, of the coffee when it was done. And I didn't want to switch lenses and slow things. So I just kept the same lens on. zooming in and out a little bit. capture him making my cappuccino. Didn't take very long. I don't think I interfered with his you know, the process of him serving other customers.
So that was all, it was all good. And at the end you know I get a good cup of coffee, I got some pictures that remind of you know making that cappuccino. Then I just sat down and enjoyed myself and this is a place you can really do that in.
In this course, photographer and teacher Mikkel Aaland explores one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods of San Francisco: North Beach, home to iconic architecture, beautiful vistas, delicious food, and more than a few interesting people. He explores the area on foot over a three-day period, taking you up hills, inside restaurants and shops, and into encounters with people on the street. Along the way, learn how to take advantage of natural light, shoot a city at night, pack and prep for travel shoots, and enhance your images in post-production.