I spent several days in Cape May NJ last week, and I was trying, over the phone, to explain the charm of the place to my wife. I said, “One of these days, on a nice sunny day, I will walk around the Victorian section and take some pictures to show you.”
Well, we didn’t get a nice sunny day when I was not trapped inside working, so one early evening I decided to just do it, despite glowering clouds and a threat of rain in the air.
In the spirit of the thing, I left my Sony H50 in the hotel room, and just took my little, fits-in-my-pocket, Sanyo CG10: a dual camera that does HD video and 10mp stills (which I have reviewed here in the past). Playing tourist, plain and simple.
Though the Sanyo does not have a true wide-angle lens, I set the camera to HD still format which produces a wide looking shot. It was a bit cramped in places, but it worked.
I also kept the camera on auto everything. This was not about photography as a craft.
Quick, spontaneous…see image, snap image. Don’t think, just see and snap and move on. After all, it was about to rain on me.
I covered about 1.5 miles of Cape May’s streets, and found some excellent examples of gingerbread, and a few quirky sings. I recorded the motel where I was staying, which features some interesting sudo-Victorian iron work, mostly so my family could know where I was. Pure tourist.
And I have to say it was fun. I accepted the limitations of the camera and worked with it…kind of setting my mind and eye to see what the camera could capture, without worrying about what it couldn’t. I refused to think about what I might have done if I’d had the more capable H50 with me. Not what this was about. Pure tourist.
And, all in all, I am pretty happy with the results. In the spirit of the thing, my only processing in Lightroom was done with presets in batch mode. Auto White Balance. Punch. And Sharpen Landscapes. All applied without opening a single image in Develop mode.
No single image stands out, but the whole gallery is makes the impression I was after. Good exercise. Lots of fun. Pure tourist stuff, and what P&S is really made for.
You can see the whole gallery at Cape May Gingerbread. Take a stroll with me through Victorian Cape May and enjoy the simple pleasures of being a tourist.
Though, come to think of it, maybe this image does stand out.