Peanut Galley at Northwoods Inn

A good friend of mine is in town and we decided to have lunch to do some catching up.  We wanted to include several of our other mutual friends so I quickly went onto the popular social networking site to post the day, date and time we were planning to get together.  I love that site, as a matter of fact that is the means of how the majority of my elementary classmates have managed to find each other and keep in touch.  However, it sometimes loses something in translation when you have to send about 12 messages where if I was “old fashion” 1 phone call would have taken care of the entire conversation.   Anyway…. unfortunately my message was unclear and our other friends were unable to join us.   Well, since it was just going to be the two of us she decided to change our location and go to a restaurant she had not been to in quite some time, also it was much closer than where we had first planned.

She wanted to go to Northwoods Inn, “perfect, I love that place, I will meet you there”.  I grabbed my camera and off I went.  This would be a great place to shoot some pictures and add to my new blog site and my new business site.  I began to think I would take pictures of the food we ordered, (I already had their shrimp sandwich on my taste buds); some shots of my friend inside the restaurant and then a few outside the restaurant.

I arrived just a few minutes before she did and we greeted each other with a hug and headed into the restaurant.   If you have been to  Northwoods Inn you know that when you walk in the front doors you have to stop dead in your tracks to allow your eyes to adjust.  The lighting inside is so dark in comparison to outside, you have to take a moment to focus.  I thought to myself this would be a great challenge for me to adjust my camera to the proper settings since I did not bring my flash.

We were promptly seated just moments before the lunch rush arrived.  We gave the waiter our order and began munching on their signature endless peanuts where you throw the shells onto the floor.  Lunch was great and the conversation was even better.  The galley was full, but I wouldn’t say overpacked for a lunch crowd.  The nice waiter cleared our plates and brought us additional drinks.  The galley emptied its lunch crowd and only a few tables remained…  Our conversation continued and we started nibbling on the peanuts again.  Oh my gosh we were so engrossed in our conversation that I had not taken one picture of our food, I grabbed my camera from my bag and decided I would take a picture of the peanuts since that was the only item remaining on our table.

iso 6400, f/2.8, 1/30 ssindoors, incandescent light, macro

iso 6400, f/2.8, 1/30 ss
indoors, incandescent light, macro

We chatted a while longer,  the peanut galley again began to fill up with diners, we joked… “must be the dinner crowd”.   Conversation slowed down slightly and we decided it was probably time to head home, we emerged outside to a beautiful sun setting, four and one half hours after we had arrived.   Where had all the time gone?  I guess that really was the dinner crowed!  LOL

So before saying our goodbyes she graciously agreed to allow me to practice my portrait shooting as I snapped this one with the sun from behind.

iso 2000, f/2.8, 1/8000 ssoutside, sunlight from behind

iso 2000, f/2.8, 1/8000 ss
outside, sunlight from behind

Thank you dear friend.  Until next time …..



A new year to start fresh! I have decided to start a blog. Blogging is a new adventure for me which will be filled with trial and error, so please have patience. 🙂

My blog site is in no way to to be taken too seriously, it will be a carefree, a take-it or leave-it kind of site.  This blog site will be a hodgepodge of all things interesting to me and I am hoping you too: it could be a new recipe I am trying, maybe a trip to the arboretum, a fun day spent with family and friends, I may even attach a link to someone else’s blog site…. the common tie between these random subject matters you might ask?  Photography.  My passion is photography, trying to capture the beauty in everything that finds it way in front of my lens. I look forward to sharing.

Let’s get started.

iso 2000, f/536,1/2000 ss,  indoors, window light from behind

I waited until 2:30 in the afternoon, when the sun shines through a southwest window onto a hardwood floor.  This gives a bright reflection which I used to my advantage and did not have to bring out the studio lights.  I placed  the bubbly duo on the floor directly in the sunlight.   Thinking I was ready I snapped my first shot ….  there was not enough rim light  to show the edges of the champagne glasses.  I then laid out a white sheet  directly in the sunlight placing the glasses  atop the sheet …  that is what was needed.  Notice above how you can now see the light kissing the edges of the glass.  This white sheet is acting as a reflector now giving the glasses curvature and dimension also serving to separating them from the dark background .

iso 2000, f/5.6, 1/250 ss
indoors, window light from behind

I wanted to capture the bubbles, after all that is what champage is all about right?   This meant 2 things:  1)  I needed to use my macro lens   2) my shutter speed needed to be fast enough to capture the upward moving air capsules without making them look like a blur..

iso 2000, f/5.6, 1/2000 ssindoors, window light from behind,  .3 mm macro lens

iso 2000, f/5.6, 1/2000 ss
indoors, window light from behind,
.3 mm macro lens

After all this work , I need a drink …. cheers!
Until tomorrow.

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