Travel

Cape Cod Visual Diary 2

The homes in Chatham are lovely! Imagine reading a book and sipping a cup of tea or coffee on this lovely verandah.
All houses on Cape Cod look similar to this … charming in all shades of grey.
This birdie must be an introvert. He seemed quite happy here by himself.
Had lunch at the Chatham Squire (popular with the locals, I was told.) I had a lobster bisque (so-so), while my friend had the New England Smoke Fish Plate (good).
How “Happy Days” is this?
The sun will set in about 20 minutes … the best light of the day!
We got to the Pier in time for sunset and to admire the seals. They came here every evening when the fishing boats pulled in after a day at sea. It’s a big feast for the seals.
Dear Mr. Seal … you reminded me of Max!
Not sure why I love this so much. I spent quite some time here taking photos of this fish market. People must have thought I was strange.
Almost every evening, we stopped by this local grocery store to pick up food or snacks or toiletries. It’s a ritual I came to love.
Max seemed to like the rental cottage. He’s quite at home here. Guess that’s a good sign!
While in Chatham, we watched The Finest Hours, a movie based on a true Coast Guard rescue story that happened here in Chatham. The movie was also shot here in town … possibly right here at the Chatham Lighthouse. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I recommend it … totally!
Another great bookshop in Chatham, Where The Sidewalk Ends.
Everyday Life · Travel

Cape Cod Visual Diary 1

Our Cape Cod rental cottage looked bright and happy in the morning. Unlike the night before when we arrived in the dark. The atmosphere was quite eerie.
First breakfast on the Cape was at Chatham Filling Station, a popular diner with the locals.
The fluffy Popover was delicious and the sunny side up was made just the way I like it. Extra crispy!
I dropped by the Yellow Umbrella Bookstore to check out the lighting in the shop. I’ll be filming it in a few days for the Book Lovers Series. 🙂
We drove to Falmouth on the day the Nor’Easter was blowing through the East Coast. The strong wind knocked down power lines and trees. This shop (Ace Hardware) was among the lucky ones that still had electricity. And of course, the whole world was there … shopping away.
Hanging with the seals was the best thing about being in Chatham. They came in to shore when the fishing boats docked. And the feeding frenzy began. The fishermen fed the seals with the leftover catch-of-the-day. All the humans watched on with awe and affection. If you want to see them, you have to go to the Pier. I didn’t see any seals on this beach. Just a sign.
Mornings are my favorite time at the cottage. I love the way the sun rays made art all around the house.
We drove to the Outer Cape for lunch. As luck would have it, we ended up at a table with a lovely view.
My friend had the lobster/clam bake which she said was good. I had a lobster roll which was just ok. But the view made up for it!
Filmmaking

Canon XA50 – Best Documentary Camera for Solo Filmmakers?

My first ever camera review! Needing a good camera to film documentaries with, I rented the Canon XA50 for a week, and took it out for a few testing sessions. The most important requirement for me is to have a camera that is easy to use as a solo filmmaker. Here are my non-technical thoughts on the camera.
And here’s the actual test footage of Adams Morgan Day in DC, filmed with the Canon XA50.
Everyday Life

Weekend Diary

Fun to discover a new eatery.
This super busy modern diner is in the District.
There were no available tables except in the “bar” area.
First come first served.

I’ve not seen this photo of Paul Newman before. He’s lovely.
Spotted at an open house today.

Discovered a charming Korean coffee and tea shop.
Milk tea latte with coffee ice cubes. Refreshing!

All gone!

Goodnight Max. What a sweet boy you are when you’re sleepy!

A long-awaited book came in the mail today.
Stephen King declared it’s one of the best
suspense novels of the 20th century.

Filmmaking · YouTube

Canon XA50 Best Documentary Camera for Solo Filmmakers in 2019?

Here are my thoughts on the Canon XA50 after using it this past week. (Quick summary? I’m quite smitten!) Perhaps my search for the perfect low-budget documentary camera is over?

I had to pack up the XA50 and returned it to Lensrental.com today. Parting was such sweet sorrow. I will miss you so much my new – but oh so dear – friend.

Also made a short film with the XA50 last week as I was testing it out.

There’s still one more project which I was able to squeeze in while I had the XA50. Shot it yesterday but I haven’t had a chance to edit yet. It’s coming soon though. Stay tuned guys!