Quick NECA Cruise Update 05 – the rest of Bar Harbor

I’m writing this from the LaGuardia Delta Gate 29 (Terminal C) . . . our scheduled 1:10 pm flight has now been pushed back to 3:10 pm.

Most annoying and an unwelcomed development given that we were scheduled to (by now) have pick up our car and be driving home. Oh well; it’s yet another reminder as to why travel by commercial carrier sucks.

So, where where we? Oh, yeah . . . Bar Harbor.

So, after looking into a few shops (but not finding anything to buy) we made our way back down to the water. The place is certainly picturesque.

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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.

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Quick NECA Cruise Update 03 — Newport, RI

We had visited Newport a few years ago when I attended the Viable Paradise writing workshop. Again, I ain’t even gonna try linking the related posts.

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Quick NECA Cruise 02 – Desserts

Some might have seen a few posts about desserts we had aboard the Coral Princess on our last two cruises. I’d link the previous posts but working with this app is not for someone with my temperament.

Anyway, this current cruise is somewhat of a disappointment as far as desserts are concerned.

They have cookies we like — lemon, oatmeal, double chocolate chips, and fudge brownies — but the other desserts are, sadly, lacking.

Most are either sugar-free, or gluten-free, or both. That means “not tasty”.

Desserts not ruined by “free” status fare no better by virtue of being free of flavor and looking mighty sad, to boot.

Here’s a gallery of today’s offerings which are better than yesterday’s offerings.

Of those, only the tart is marginally passable. The carrot cake might also qualify as ok if I liked carrot cake.

I did see a hazelnut dessert I know I like inside a display case. You have to ask for it, which I will.

But, you know, it should be better.

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Quick Cruise Update 01

We’re on a NECA Cruise (New England and Canada Cruise). We flew into La Guardia on Friday and rented a room that happened to be under one of the airport’s flight path.

We didn’t sleep late because the room’s windows had never heard about insulation, let alone sound insulation.

There was also a delay boarding the ship later that morning because the Coast Guard conducted a surprise inspection of the ship; because of that, morning gave way to afternoon before we got onboard.

So, a little less relaxed than the typical embarkation experience but not bad.

We wondered if we would see the Statue of Liberty and, yes, we could see it from the ship . . . complete with a constant swarm of helicopters coming to buzz around it. I guess they were attracted by the torch she’s holding.

OK, only one helicopter in that photo but many were off-frame and there was a constant stream of helicopters coming from the shore, circling the statue and then heading back.

Here are a few more photos from the ship while we waited for departure.

That is a largish panorama taken in portrait mode.

Needless to say — but I’ll say it — these are all from the Note 8.

The “better” photo will have to wait until I get back home . . . and until I process the Panama Cruise photos . . . after I finish processing the 2017 Alaska Cruise.

Meanwhile, you can click on the photos and if this app works well, the larger version will open in a new tab or window.

Eventually, we set sail . . . er . . . set engine.

I’ll have to look up the name of this bridge . . .

When we went under it, this happened . . .

By the way, the WordPress app — as usual — is messing up royally. It’s losing carriage returns, spaces between period and the start of new sentences, paragraphs delineations, links, it’s failing to upload files, and generally pissing me off. I have no idea what readers will see when — and if — I finally managed to publish this post I’ve been working on and off from last night and probably won’t finish until tomorrow.

Anyway, after going under the bridge, I got a few more decent shots.

We were tired and we crashed early, with me uncharacteristically falling asleep while the evening hours were still in the single digits.

The next morning — Sunday — found us anchored in Newport’s harbor (RI) . . . socked in by fog. And I mean, thick fog.

That’s looking out of the balcony of our obstructed view cabin. Here’s another shot from our balcony.

Here’s a shot from the upper deck looking forward . . .

The weather did eventually clear up long enough for a few decent photos and a 2.5 miles walk ashore.

But, that’s a tale for another day.

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Guess the herb

A quick post as I prepare for sleep.

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A quick update and Luminar 3

These next ten days offer little opportunity for me to interact with blogs I follow. I mean, I might interact . . . but I might not.

Same for posting. I’ll try to post a few things but I don’t know how easy it will be. It’s a traveling thing, you see. Or, you will see. Or, you might not see. We’ll see.

Meanwhile . . .

One-click Luminar 3 edit

Some people might know I have a SmugMug membership. Well, as a perk, they gave me a free license to Luminar 3 (by Skylum).

OK, really, it’s not like I need another photo editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity, DxO, Nik Collection, On1, a slew of Topaz offerings, and a few other programs I hardly ever remember I have.

But, I read a few reviews and . . . well, I downloaded it and tried it. I have to admit I like it. I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s new or because I was swayed by the reviews of photographers more capable than I am. I’d like to think it’s because it works well and produces decent results with minimal effort. Mind it, I barely scratched the surface of what it does (I’m busy, busy, busy and stole an hour I probably don’t have).

Ironically, I’m not including a SmugMug gallery (no time) but you can click on the photo for a larger version.

The above are photos I’ve shared before (or photos similar to those I shared before). They don’t have my currently-preferred border option (not sure Luminar can add borders) nor do the photos have my watermark.

Here are a few photos you haven’t seen yet. First, a JPG of the original Nikon D7500 NEF file shot with the kit lens.

Earlier this month — while sitting outside sipping on some coffee and learning about the D7500  — I saw the sky quickly change. I mean, quickly. And it looked odd. Not the kind of clouds I usually see.

For sure, I thought we were in for some weather. And, we were . . . but it was just regular weather. But the sky looked awesome.

Anyway, here are a few Luminar 3 processed versions of the above.

Here’s a photo shortly after I took the above photo.

I would call that a dramatic sky . . . so I opted for two dramatic looks.

Canned setting

Canned setting modified by me

I saved that last look because I have many more shots of the sky . . . which I will eventually post.

Meanwhile, one last original and processed with Luminar 3 version.

As shot

My super-duper dramatic setting

OK, so I could have done the same (or close, or better) with my current tools. But, this was quick and painless. Plus, the program searched and finds all your photos (something like Picasa used to do) and creates a Library you can work off of.

My guess is that this would be a pretty good replacement for Lightroom for them who just want to own a piece of software instead of renting it. Again, I literally only scratched the surface and I’ve not yet bothered reading what all the program can do.

But, so far, I’m impressed. I’ll be putting Luminar 3 through its paces soon.

Here’s the gallery of the above:

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