Time has been flying by and we were in Amelia Island, so it took a while for me to write this post. More about that trip in a different blog post! Click here for the first post about our trip to Charlotte.
Continuing from the last blog, after we left Imaginon with growling bellies we took a short walk (across the train tracks) to 7th Street Market for some good eats. Luckily they have a bunch of different food vendors there so no fighting about what restaurant to eat at. I'm always excited when whining is not happening! The kids chose Pure Pizza for their plain cheese pizza go-to lunch. My son has a peanut allergy so I double checked on the nut policy and was pleased to find out they have no peanuts or tree nuts in their facility. We placed the order easy peasy, were given a number to put on our table, and off we went to find mommy and daddy some food. I have a tendency of getting hangry if I wait too long to eat, so I was hopeful I would find something quick and deeeelish.
Photography Tip: When indoors with fluorescent lights make sure your white balance is on fluorescent so that your images do not come out too blue or too yellow.
ISO 2000, f/3.5, 1/100 sec 18mm
I've been a little obsessed with sushi lately, so I decided the best place for me to fill up and curb my hangry was Bonsai Fushion Sushi. There was only one person in front of me in line and then I ordered 2 basic California rolls. My hubby went over to Local Loaf for a sandwich. We found a table in the back of market street and waited for our orders to come out. The pizza came out super fast, then my hubby got his sandwich soon after. I waited a fairly long time for the sushi, but maybe it just seemed like a long time because everyone else had eaten theirs before I got mine. Oh well, I guess they were busy! You know this only happens when you're famished.
ISO 2000, f/3.5, 1/200 sec 18 mm
All the food was tasty and we were happy adventurers with full bellies.
Photography Tip: Raise your ISO higher when you are in low light areas. This will help you to increase your shutter speed. I like to keep the shutter at least 1/125 sec with pictures I am taking close up.
ISO 2000, f/3.8, 1/125 sec 20 mm
ISO 2000, f/3.5, 1/125 sec 18 mm Pizza smile!
The 7th Street Market is conveniently located right at the 7th street train stop, so we walked out the side doors and the train had magically appeared at just the right time. Once in a while we are lucky like that!
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/200 sec 18mm
The trip back to the station was a little slower than usual because there had been a storm while we were in Imaginon and some street lights were out. But the train conductor (is that what you call them?) got us back safely to the Scaleybark Station. The kiddos were happy to have the ride last a little longer anyways. They were having so much fun that they didn't want to go home, but I knew naps would be taken in the car on the way home. And that's just how we ended our journey. Two cute little napping kids and a quiet drive home!
Photography Tip: Make sure that your focal point is on the subject you want to have in focus. As you can see from the picture of my hand holding my son's hand I focused on our grasp and the foreground and background are out of focus. That out of focus look is called "bokeh".
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Larisa is a natural light photographer and teacher in the Rock Hill, SC and Charlotte, NC area.