Maine Adventure: Shio vs. Portland Lobster Co.

One of the most famous things about Maine is of course its seafood. We headed to Portland Lobster Co. to get the full experience.

Afterwards, we went shopping around town. Many of the stores had water out front for dogs, and for once Shio was actually excited to walk around with his pawrents. Photos taken with GH2 and GF1.

Maine Adventure: Shio vs. Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light is supposedly the most photographed lighthouse in Maine. We headed there immediately post arrival, and the views were in fact quite magnificent.

As you can see from the above image, they have a large off-leash area for dogs. In fact, we found Maine to be very dog-friendly.

After the visit to the Head Light, we headed to town to grab dinner.

Pai men Miyake was kind of a poor man's version of Ippudo in NYC -- we were very excited to try their ramen noodles. While I cannot say Pai men Miyake can match up to the ramen shops in NY, I would recommend it for visitors looking for a decent soup noodles.

Photos taken with GH2 and GF1.

Return of the Beach

Now that it is officially off-season for the beaches, Shio is free to roam around without getting his humans in trouble!

T was thoughtful as always and brought Shio a whole container of ice water.

I have been looking at buying a tilt-shift lens for a while, but because I don't have that much time to take pictures, I have been hesitant to pay ~$2k for a lens. About a week ago, Lensbaby announced its Tilt Transformer -- and at $250 it was so attractively priced that I had to try it.

Truth be told, I had previously bought and returned a Lensbaby Composer -- I did not like how it worked, nor did I like the image quality. So it was not without reservation that I put on the adapter and ventured to the beach.

I am happy to report that the Tilt Transformer is a well-designed product and delivers great image quality. As with any other new tool, I am still learning how to use / control it, but you can get some really neat images with it. I coupled mine with my Zeiss 50mm f/1.4, and the image quality is superb.

Verdict: I highly recommend the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer, and it also demonstrates yet again how versatile the m3/4 platform is. With the recently-announced GH2 and all the good things I have read online about it, I am looking forward to continued innovation in digital cameras big and small. I am very curious to see how a small sensor with 16MP performs...

Photos taken with Lumix GF1 with G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, and Lensbaby Tilt Transformer + Zeiss ZF 50mm f/1.4.