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Last Sunday, my wife and I attended the Taste of Marietta. This is a one day event where restaurants all over Cobb County set up booths in Marietta Square and the public pays for small portions, or tastes, of what their restaurant has to offer. Melissa and I love these types of events, so when I passed a billboard advertising the event, we put it on the calendar to attend.
I wrote in an earlier post about the whole "which camera to take" dilemma. I won't rehash it here, suffice it to say that I decided to go without a DSLR or compact camera. The only camera I had was the one built into my phone. I made this decision because I figured this one day event would be crowded and a camera bag would just make the crowds harder to navigate. Also, I wasn't sure if there was going to be anything of interest to photograph. I work close to Marietta Square, and while beautiful, there isn't much to photograph.
The place was packed! Even though we arrived a half an hour after the start of the event, the crowds were already voluminous.
The above shot was taken with my HTC Thunderbolt. As you can see, the camera in my phone struggles with highlights. One humorous side note. The ladies in the lower right of the photograph were handing out free samples of Tums Freezers, which are a mix of antacid and mint. There were at least 8 of these ladies around the festival, and if I would have taken a sample every time I was offered one, I would have had 200 of the things in my pocket.
After making the rounds twice, Melissa and I decided to seek some shade. The only shade to be had was in the middle of the square, so we decided to watch the band on the main stage. Classic AOR is not my bag, but they were obviously very talented.
Again, from the camera in my phone. I editted this shot using a Google Chrome App called pixlr. I am going to cover free and online photo editors in a future blog post. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at the capabilities of this online app.
My favorite performers of the day were the two man band. I don't know the real name of their band, or even if they have one. These two young men were playing instrumental covers of what I like to call "Party Metal". Bands like AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith and the ilk. They were fun and extremely talented.
Overall, My wife and I had a very good time. I even got to eat some sweets!!! Melissa and I shared some Hedgehog Pie from the local Austrailian Bakery. Hard chocolate topping a chocolate and coconut cake. Delicious!!!
Okay, lots of stuff about the Taste of Marietta and a little about photography and the crappy camera in my phone.
Thanks for reading!!