Quick NECA Cruise Update 04 – Boston and Some Bar Harbor

So, not a big fan of cities. We’ve been to Boston a few times and generally avoid spending time in the city.

Now, I know people’s inner indignant-Boston-fans are struggling to get out of their lazy chairs and ready to battle me on this; historic sites, unique architecture, things to do . . . yes . . . and ho-hum. None of those got us off the boat.

We went by this as we docked and for sure I thought we’d be able to walk to it . . . and would have except for the fact there was no direct walking path to it. Too bad.

What had me excited was the prospect of being literally next door to Logan. In fact, we went right by the landing and take-off runways and I got me some neat photos (the phone photos are too small to show the action) and a couple of videos of planes lading and taking off as we slowly backed into our berth.

Unfortunately, once docked, the terminal building hid our view of the airport.

The building with the white -looking upper portion is — despite appearances — taller than the ship.

So, we had a leisurely day aboard. Melisa walked about as I mostly played with phone photos and wrote portions of the previous posts.

As an aside, I’m writing this update during our sea day as we make our way back to New York. Which means the next posts will likely be done from the comfort of our home since it’s unlikely I’ll be able to crank out another update after this one.

I didn’t just sit all day; I also photographed a few decorative art pieces found in most of the common decks.

Long-time readers of the blog will recognize those pieces from posts about other cruises. Apparently, they have common decorations throughout their fleet of ships. For instance, this is the same graphic as can be found on other ships. Probably a lot of work to create so they made multiple copies of it.

Most wall decorations come in pairs; one for the starboard and one for the port side of the ship; while sharing a theme or look, they differ in details.

. . . and there’s always one pair where one of the photos or decorative murals are obstructed by an inconveniently-placed table. This time was no different.

Full size of one . . .
. . . and upper half of the one on the other side of the ship.

Boston became interesting as we prepared to sail . . . er . . . motor away.

That’s because it was after sunset and I got to practice doing some night photography. The phone used to have a nighttime photography setting . . . apparently Samsung deemed this too useful and removed the option in one of their updates.

That means these photos are not as good as they might have been because there’s limited number of settings I can play with.

Wait, that’s not true. There is a “pro” mode that’s difficult to use when you need it most; namely, low light situations. For some reason, despite being able to see the option to change exposure compensation and ISO values, the options were grayed out. Again, probably because that would be useful and you can’t have something be useful on a phone that’s designed to enhance the user’s experience.

So, these are taken with minimal adjustments and me then post-processing some of the noise away using one of the photo apps I have.

The lights you see in the sky are planes coming in for landings. Again, more impressive watching them live. I know they are spaced out for safety but they sure look like they are on each other’s tails.

I promise, the photos from the D7500 are better. The P900 photos are somewhere in between the two and I’ll have to see how they turn out once I have them on the computer.

Side note: yes I brought both cameras but I forgot the belt clip I had planned to bring. The belt clip allows me to carry one camera hooked to my belt and one with a strap around my neck. Unfortunately, I could only have one camera with me at the time. Why would I have more? Because the P900’s 2000mm (effective) zoom beats the D7500 300mm (450mm effective) zoom.

So, next up, Bar Harbor.

The ship usually empties when in port . . . it’s what’s tempting about remaining on the ship; a definite lack of crowds.

We were looking forward to this stop (I always thought it was “Bahr” or “Bhar” Harbor because of the way I’ve heard it pronounced . . . and they say I have an accent!)

We got off and I snapped a few photos as Melisa made her way to a quilt/fabric shop that was about 3/4 of a mile from the landing.

Yes, we tendered again and that means chatting with more people and being surrounded by people who coughed or sneezed without regard for the welfare of others.

Anyway, photos of things . . .

One side . . .
. . . and the other side.

Those are from just before we headed to the tender and a short trip to terra firma.

So, here are a few photos I took as I casually strolled around Bar Harbor.

I also walked along a street populated by what I thought was an excessive number of churches. Here’s one of them:

Nice rectory . . . Odd how the humble servants of god almost always live a much more comfortable life than the flock they’re fleecing . . . er . . . leading.

I have other shots of more traditional-looking Maple leaves but that one caught my attention (Side note: it was on the grounds of the cemetery in the previous photos . . . I guess it knew where it was and dressed for the occasion) and I knew I’d be doing a few different treatments:

Well, I’ve been struggling with this post for a while now and there are many more Bar Harbor photos I want to process for the next post so I’ll close with a gallery of the above (not in the same order as presented because, you know, the WordPress app sucks).

Until next time, enjoy:

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