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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Kicking Horse Coffee

Kicking Horse Coffee is a well known brand in this part of the world, so I was really excited when they contacted me to create some new imagery for them. It was interesting to learn about all of the steps involved in getting coffee from a green bean to the cup. In addition to their roasting and bagging facility they added a cafe to the mix last June and it has become a favorite hang out for the locals. If you are driving through make sure you stop and check it out, it is right off the highway behind the Home Hardware (that's as classic as Kootenay directions get).

Here are some of my favourite images.

The photo gods were being cruel and arranged for a power outage right at dusk when we had planed to shoot, which meant an early start the next day for dawn. I like dusk a lot better than dawn.



Getting a palate of green beans for the roaster.



Raw beans.


The roaster being emptied.



Quality control for the newly roasted beans. I don't think you would slip a cup of Nabob by these guys.


The beans are bagged, boxed and then loaded up on palates for shipping.

hmm.... this is starting for feel like an episode of Seasame Street.




The fine folks at Driven Media are responsible for the very cool branding.



I never get tired of watching a shot of espresso being pulled. I wish they had a channel like the fire place channel they show at Christmas.


Cappuccino.



This is going to be the next rage for coffee. Yes, basically it's a coffee bong. Fun to watch, and a very smooth way of brewing the coffee. Not too sure about the blow torch though. I can see that being an issue for the average person at 6:00am (pre-caffeine).


The new cafe.


Some images depicting the Kicking Horse Coffee culture. All shot with real locals.







Some portraits of the roasters and production staff.



This is the owners and management. Genuinely nice people + sharp minds + tons of passion = world class coffee


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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Spring is here!

...but unfortunately we had to go as far south as Sandpoint, Idaho to find this. These should be in Calgary in about 3 weeks, hopefully.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Plush Invitations

If you are planning a wedding, birthday or celebration of some sort and you're looking for an amazing invitation you should check out
Plush Invitations.

Before Christmas I photographed samples for their new website, which they just recently launched. Here are a couple teasers.



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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Gear for Sale

UPDATE December 17th: Just the 17-40 left now, and the 12mm extension tube.

I have some gear for sale and wanted to give folks who follow my blog first chances at it. I'll be putting whatever is left over on ebay/kijij next week.Everything listed is in perfect working order and has never been dropped or mistreated in any way. I am really good to my gear.

Payment by credit card or money order (to Maudie Photography Inc.). Questions? Call me at 403-202-4662 or email@alanmaudie.com. You pay shipping. Details of each item below. Willing to deal if you are nice and multiple pieces are purchased. Americans paying with Visa will pay listed CDN price and the conversion to USD will be made by your CC company at time of purchase, which may not be exactly the same as the listed USD.



Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM - $400 USD $500 CDN Glass is in perfect condition, no scratches. Body looks pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Comes with lens hood. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

Canon EF12 II Extension Tube - $75 USD $95 CDN poor man’s macro. Focus closer to your subject and keep your autofocus

SOLD x 3 Canon Eos 5d - $1100 USD $1350 CDN Perfect working order. Never had a single issue with this camera. Both were purchased in the Spring of 2007 from authorized Canadian Canon retailer. Minor cosmetic wear, no scratches on lcd. Come with second battery, box, and all items that it originally came with.

SOLD Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM - $350 USD $435 CDN Great value on this lens. Its a sleeper for Canon. I actually used it more than my 24 1.4. Pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Also comes with lens hood. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM - $325 USD $400 CDN I think this lens has the best value of all the Canon lenses. Glass is in perfect condition, no scratches. Body looks pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM - $325 USD $400 CDN I think this lens has the best value of all the Canon lenses. Glass is in perfect condition, no scratches. Body looks pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon 580EX II flash - $285 USD $350 CDN Like new, perfect working order. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon ST-E2 transmitter - $150 USD $190 CDN Wireless TTL to you Canon Speedlights. Very little use.

SOLD Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM - $1100 USD $1350 CDN This is my favourite Canon lens and the best image stabilization lens I think that is out there, hard to let this one go. Glass is in perfect condition, no scratches. Body looks pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon EF 24 f/1.4L USM - $875 USD $1050 CDN This is an awesome piece of glass and another of my favourite lenses. Glass is in perfect condition, no scratches. Body looks pretty much new too. Lens hood has minor cosmetic scratches. This lens is basically like new. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Comes with lens hood. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Canon EF 50mm f/1.4L USM - $200 USD $250 CDN Basically new, rarely used. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Purchased from an authorized Canadian Canon retailer.

SOLD Sigma 50mm f/2.8 MACRO - $250 USD $300 CDN Real nice optics in this inexpensive, light weight option for a macro. Basically new, rarely used. Comes with box and all items that it originally came with. Also comes with lens hood.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Coffee

Don't you just love it when you get a nice little random message like the one I got in my cappuccino this morning. I probably should have given this one to Suzanne, but she is into soiling hers with eggnog at the moment, so I guess I heart myself.

I took a break from blogging as many of you have noticed and some have even pointed out:), thanks. Once in a while I like to show my blog who the boss is. Its so needy and demanding and just gets really annoying at times, always wanting an update. There are numerous weddings, a few cute kids, a few couples and some commercial work to post so stay tuned.


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