10.21.2017

Moody's Diner For Lunch, Waldoboro, Maine

Moody's Diner started as a lunch wagon on old Route 1 in Waldoboro in 1928.  (However, Moody's started operation the prior year when Percy and Bertha Moody began offering three cabins to travelers for $1 per night.)  The lunch wagon has expanded over the years to its current size.  Even today, it is family operated and employees include children, grand children and great-grand children!

We find more and more that our trips to Maine are timed to reach Moody's for lunch.  There is usually a line but it moves quickly.  Often there are spots at the counter available for your immediate occupancy.

Sometimes I get a basic hamburger and fries.  On this day, it was a bowl of fish chowder and warm biscuit.  A slice of fresh pie is mandatory, with wild blueberry being a staple.  (Though the slice shown here is 4-berry pie, as I decided to be a bit adventuresome!)

If you are driving along Route 1 north of Bath, you simply must stop at Moody's.  It's a classic.






10.19.2017

A Visit to the Farmers' Market, Bath Maine

On our drive up the Maine coast a couple of times a year, we have taken to spending a night or two in City of Bath (population 9,000).  Known for the Bath Iron Works, Bath has a quintessential Maine downtown area on the north side (upriver side) of the Route 1 bridge, with BIW being on the south side (ocean and downriver side) of the bridge.  

The nearly 3,000 foot long Sagadahoc Bridge over the Kennebec River as viewed from Waterfront Park.
On the far side of the bridge is the town of Woolrich, Maine.


Our stops in Bath have usually coincided with the Saturday Farmers' Market, which sets up at Waterfront Park, from 8:30-12:00, May through October.  (The winter indoor venue is about a block away, November through April.)

Though the veggies always look great, we are more likely to leave with local cheese and bread. So far, I've avoided the pie vendors.  Maybe next time... I can't hold out forever.

All photos below were with the Olympus E-M1 and 12-100mm zoom.











10.17.2017

A Quick Visit To Reid State Park, Maine

Reid State Park is Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach, having been given to the state in 1946 by Walter E. Reid. Its sandy beaches and sand dunes are rare items in Maine.

My pictures were taken on and around Griffith Head, looking north along Mile Beach.  I’m looking forward to returning in warmer weather to explore Half Mile Beach and the Little River.

This is my favorite image today.
Panasonic GX80/85 with Olympus 12-100 @ 100mm
1/6400, F4, ISO 200


The Lagoon (see map) looks like a great place to play for children, as the water is quieter and warmer than the open ocean.




I’m not a birder, but I understand that there are many nesting areas for several species of endangered birds. Least terns and piping plovers were mentioned in several references.

Also fun to watch would be surfing.  The Boston Globe Magazine rated Reid State Park as #1 (in 2015) in New England for surfing. We did see one surfer way in the distance.


The best looking beach plums I've ever seen!

Saw this mismatched set on the beach.  I wonder who has the other pair?
Mile Beach


So very healthy
Looks like it might be good for surfing.


10.15.2017

Lightroom Continues To Amaze Me

There are plenty of things which frustrate me about Lightroom.  Mostly it's about the slow downloading speed and the need to wait (lag time?) before you can see each of the changes made with the sliders.

Nevertheless, every time I move the highlights, whites, and shadows sliders I am amazed with the results you can get from a RAW file.  These sliders were added to Lightroom in 2012, I believe, and to much acclaim.

The two images below are 800 pixel wide files I exported from Lightroom as jpgs.  The scene is that of stacked lobster traps.  I took the picture because I liked the pattern of grids and ropes.

The first image is based simply on the "Adobe Standard" profile that is applied by default on import. The second is the result after using the sliders in the basic panel, in particular the highlights, whites, and shadows sliders... with a bit of clarity, vibrance and saturation to taste. A touch of straightening was applied.

The basic panel adjustments really brought out the colors of the lines and ropes.  Perhaps it looks a bit "over the top", as I don't think I really saw all those colors while I was squinting in the bright light.  Nevertheless I like the look of the processed image.

As far as gear goes, the camera and lens combo was the Panasonic GX80/85 and Olympus 12-100 F4 zoom.  The image was taken on a bright sunny day at about noon, so the light as you can see was very harsh.  Nevertheless, the histogram in Lightroom shows that all pixels were within the dynamic range of the sensor... except the tops of some of the white ropes which were overexposed.

Before

Panasonic GX80/85 with Olympus 12-100 @28mm (56mm equiv)
1/80sec, F8, ISO200
 After






9.25.2017

Philosophical About Fall Maple Leaves

Over the weekend, while mostly lying on my back watching football on television after a back sprain earlier in the week, I decided I needed to go outside, walk around the property, and see if there were any photos to be had. I needed some fresh air and some camera-time between back exercises!

I thought I might get a nice photo from among the growing number fall-colored maple leaves that had fallen to the ground, and I looked for a perfect specimen as a model. The task was impossible....there were so many that were quite attractive but nowhere near " perfect ". The one below is an example. 

For some reason after holding and photographing this leaf (against a blurred and richly green background which is our lawn), and then admiring its own beauty on my computer screen, I got a bit philosophical.

I thought to myself that the downed maple leaves were a lot like people: each is unique, all have imperfections, and most (many ?) are beautiful in their own way. 

Fall Maple Leaf - Imperfect But Beautiful
Panasonic GX80/85 with 60mm Olympus F2.8 Macro
1/125sec, F4, ISO 200