Thursday, September 16, 2010

Maine - Labor Day 2010 - an iPhone4 experiment

I brought my dSLR to our Maine trip but I've been using it less and less these days. In part, it is a Too Cool for School thing. It is the 1st consumer dSLR on the market, so I had it long before most people I know owned one. Now that everyone has one, I take pride in the fact that I have an old camera, or that I don't use an SLR at all. Or maybe I'm just too cheap to upgrade, and the new pocket phones/camera phones are as good as my decade old SLR.

So this trip, I wound up using the new iPhone4 only, which while taking passable photos (great in bright sunlight), struggled in other conditions. Though this is a week before HDR came out which is a shame as it would have been quite useful.

From Maine - Labor Day 2010

First stop was Portland, ME. As bo-bo a town as I've ever seen. We stopped only as a break from driving, but it was interesting. Surprisingly few tourists (most were scared off by the Hurricaine threat that never materialized), but we did see many groups of people on the "foodie" tour. Lots of tragically hip coffee houses. But it all felt too clean, manufactured, too Disney.

From Maine - Labor Day 2010

They say people go to Maine for the 3 L's, Lobster, Lighthouses, and LL Bean. We certainly did the 1st two, with quite a lobster feed by the shore enroute to Rockland, lots of impressively Lobster-y Lobster Rolls, and of course lighthouses. The above photo was with the front facing camera in low light. Clearly low quality, but still useful.

From Maine - Labor Day 2010

At National Parks, I always seek out the "most strenuous" trail, which usually is not too strenuous at all. Arcadia's are the exception. 0.8 miles of nearly verticle climb on the Precipice Trail (our trailguru link), aided by metal ladders, but still not much to stop you from falling. One girl we passed enroute got so terrified she couldn't move. Can't say I could blame her.

From Maine - Labor Day 2010

Ended our trip with a sail boat ride aboard a century old schooner, with a nice bottle of local wine (yes we went wine tasting in Maine!) a nice way to end the trip.

From Maine - Labor Day 2010