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 …..

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