I am not sure that any photographer growing up dreams of one day taking photos of products to sell, of being a commercial product photographer. Growing up, photography for me was found drooling over National Geographic pictorials of Arctic exploration, of remote villages in Africa, and the first summit attempts of Everest without supplemental oxygen. The idea of photography was adventure. It probably didn't help that my perception of photography developed at the ripe ol' age of 10 years old from a love of hearing my Grandpa tell and re-tell the story of one of his first assignments as a photojournalist with the Salt Lake Tribune. He was to photograph a training demonstration at a local Naval base that featured live fire from a 20mm Howitzer. He had the bright idea to shoot, crouching low to the ground, in front of the gun as it was fired in order to capture the gun's TRUE POWER. Needless to say the concussion from that 20mm cannon sent him reeling head over heels leaving him with both ear drums ruptured but, as he was always quick to say, he got the shot! Now, I haven't taken the chance to stand in front of a cannon firing, and I certainly have not made my way to the summit of Everest. So, where does that leave me then if photography is adventure? Am I missing out? Lately, I've come to find that the true adventure does not rest squarely on the shoulders of the exotic but also remains hidden in the subtlety of light. I mean, it was the quality of light that made all those National Geographic pictures so awesome right? The adventure then is in discovering the quality, shape, texture, and how, as you're ripping your hair out from the roots, to deal that obnoxious reflection that is coming from God knows where. And that's what I've been up to lately, the adventure of transforming coffee cups and mugs, chocolate coated espresso beans and ornate pour-over coffee kits into expeditions of light for Tim Wheeler, owner of Durango Coffee Company. Check out their website at www.cooksandcoffee.com or stop in, grab a coffee, and talk shop with Wheeler himself.