Sea, Sun, Chowder and Ale

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (12.6mm, f/9, 1/320 sec, ISO200)

Time to post some more shots from my last US trip. From a warm and sunny afternoon in Monterey.

Monterey is a small town at the sea full of tourists. Once it was famous for its sardine canning factories. John Steinbeck wrote two books about the place. The canning factories have closed a long time ago. Today Monterey is home of one of the best Aquariums in the world.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (20.9mm, f/9, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (10mm, f/9, 1/220 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (15.9mm, f/9, 1/340 sec, ISO200)

But when we arrived there it was late afternoon. Too late to visit the Aquarium. So we just walked at the pier to watch the seagulls and the marine wildlife but we did not go whale watching. No thank you! We have done that before.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14.5mm, f/9, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (12.6mm, f/9, 1/420 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (81.9mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (172.4mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (200mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec, ISO200)

Blue sky, blue sea, screaming seagulls, feeding sea otters and lazy sea lions. Monterey is much more than its history and an aquarium. It’s a real great place and full of life. And every restaurant proudly serves the best seafood chowder in the world. I really love chowder so I had to dine here.

Straight here on the pier in one of the many tourist restaurants.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/1.4, 1/100 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/2, 1/160 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/2.5, 1/90 sec, ISO200)

So how was it? Great! Good chowder and cold ale. A match made in heaven. Take a look at the portion. That’s massive! The land of big.

The USA is not exactly food heaven. Food here means burgers, sandwiches and steaks. Of course the burgers and the steaks are great but you can’t eat them all the time. So the chowder was most welcomed.


PS: In the restaurant I shot with the great XF 16/1.4 WR. A truly fantastic lens with great close up focus capabilities and very nice Bokeh. Perfect for food photography and environmental portraits. Perfect for this occasion.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (10mm, f/9, 1/35 sec, ISO200)