Drink Coffee To Think..

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© Andrea Petersen
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Think upon me, my God for good..Nehemiah 5:19

Regular coffee I will drink
So that I may better think
For good words to be scored,
On the Scrabble board.
Poetry by me, AJP

I had almost forgotten about this self portrait that I shot on June 21, 2010.... I am sure I was practicing on lighting techniques before my husband and I were about to play a game of Scrabble..

I wanted to kill two birds with one stone by pouring the coffee while working with the lighting too. I did a series of shots during that time for a Photo Essay on Scrabble...I not only am addicted to regular coffee but I also love Scrabble. I drink coffee while playing Scrabble to stay awake and to keep my brain active. LOL This may be the only self portrait that I've ever shot on a 10 second self timer while pouring coffee, without spilling a drop.

Here is a link that was shot with self-timer on the same evening where my husband and I are playing scrabble and we have our coffee cups next to us.


Focal length 26 MM
F-Number F/ 7.1
Exposure time 1/10 sec.
ISO speed 800
Exposure program Manual
Existing Light

28 responses

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    A fantastic shot, Andrea! I have to have a stress test tomorrow, and haven't had a cup of coffee in almost 3 days. It is killing me! JPG would come up with that theme right now!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (22 Aug 2011):

    Oh I am sorry Judy that you can't have your coffee right now..I remember once
    when I went off from drinking coffee for about 6 months and drank water instead, but then I got hooked again on coffee...It was tough for the first few
    weeks of weaning myself from coffee and even got headaches from coffee withdrawal:) I hope your stress test turns out fine.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Excellent entry, Andrea!! I have to be careful about my caffeine intake also.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    this is perfect for the theme, Andrea! it feels like it's right out of the 50s. so you like scrabble. do you play "words with friends" on your cell phone?

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Andrea Outstanding on all counts!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Great sp I also love Scrabble!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (22 Aug 2011):

    Thank you all for your nice comments...Leslie, this may sound odd but I have
    never owned a cell phone:) We don't know too many people who play the
    Scrabble game in our area except for an elderly friend who loves to play it with us when she invites us over for meals once in awhile.

  • Eric Dynowski

    Eric Dynowski gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    I'd say you nailed the exposure. I like the sepia tone too. I also like your composition. I really feel like I'm sitting at the table with you.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    What a faabulous entry this is, Andrea! As Eric stated, I also feel like I'm sitting across the table from you.. Love this, and coffee too..lol!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Fantastic shot! We share the coffee "addiction" (it's a choice and I love coffee).

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Morning Java Buzz!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Well done!! Fits the theme and a great s/p!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Your level of concentration on that coffee is remarkable. A side of you we don't see so often.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    This is a most excellent self portrait and entry Andrea. I love my hot coffee in the morning and then my ice coffee in the afternoon. Everything is black and white without it. LOL.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Leslie took the words out of my mouth. This is such a vintage photo. You have remarkable talent, Andrea.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Great shot! Love scrabble....!!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    One of the best entries yet, Andrea, I love it !!!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Everyone has said what I wanted to say - lol : ). This is a wonderful SP and it not only captured you pouring the coffee without spilling a drop but the intense concentration on your task. I don't care for coffee, I have tried to learn to like it but it just hasn't been my thing, now my daughter on the other hand, she loves her coffee and has to have it first thing in the morning : ). Excellent entry to the theme!!!

  • Jan Sluimer

    Jan Sluimer (Deleted) gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    simple beautiful....nice in B&W

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    great shot!!!! You look very nice and well composed picture!!!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    excellent B&W shot! nostalgic

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    very nice......love it

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful shot, Andrea! I think it's one of your very best. I love the tones and the nostalgic setting....it takes me way back. (I played Scrabble on the little computer they had on the back of the seat in front of me on the plane from London to the US.) It's a wonderful game, and I love it too!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Aug 2011):

    I like mine iced and black. Cool entry!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (27 Aug 2011):

    I love the homey feel and timeless quality of this image, Andrea. Perfect lighting. Super entry.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2011):

    neat SP Andrea and as always,love the poem!Nice.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (28 Aug 2011):

    GREAT entry.... love it.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful Andrea.

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