The Old Mill in Allentown

Each Wednesday, The Daily Prompt Photo Challenge provides a theme for creative inspiration. Participants take photographs based on their interpretation of the theme, and post them on their blog anytime before the following Wednesday.

This past weekend I participated in my 4th Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk. I first started doing the World Wide Photowalk in 2011 just for fun. It's a tribal event, and even though every member of the tribe has a unique perspective on photography, I enjoy hanging out and talking about the craft. I get a chance to learn something new and explore a new location or further explore a place I have already visited. Seeing through another person's perspective can bring renewed interest.

Mark Krajnak chose his hometown of Allentown, New Jersey, to host the photo walk. We had about 23 participants. I carpooled with a friend, Prasanna, who has accompanied me on other photo walks. Ed met us at the rendezvous point, the Moth Coffee House. We took a group shot and spread out to hunt for images. Ed has some experience with Allentown, so Prasanna and I followed him around. The weather was warm, and the sun was high in the sky. The three of us agreed that perhaps early morning would have been best for the walk and the light. After Mark took the group shot, the twenty-three camera-equipped pedestrians expanded onto the streets of Allentown.

For the photo walk used an Olympus E-M10 that I borrowed from my friend Chris. Chris has been shooting with micro 43 for a few years and is a proponent of the standard. We exchanged several text messages about lens choices, but since I intended to shoot mostly street photography, I ended up using his Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens. This diminutive lens has an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera. Some of the people we met during the walk asked if I was shooting with a film camera.

The Allentown Feed Company
The Allentown Feed Company | Saturday 7 October, 2017 | Olympus E-M10 | OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8 | 1/2500 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 200

Ed led us along the nearby lake toward the Allentown Presbyterian Church. We explored the cemetery, which appeared to have many gravestones from early post-colonial times.
After walking around for a couple of hours, we broke for lunch. Ed suggested a few places for lunch, but we decided on pizza at the La Piazza.

After lunch, we returned to the starting point for the walk. But first, we stopped at Heavenly Havens Creamery. I had had low blood glucose on the walk to La Piazza. I wanted to be sure that my BG would be safe for me to drive. I had my first soft serve vanilla ice cream in quite a few years. Delicious.

We finished up our ice cream and wandered back to the Moth Coffee House. The parked cars had vacated the parking lot, and I could get an unobstructed view of the customers were entering and leaving the restaurant.

The Old Mill, Allentown
The Old Mill, Allentown | Saturday 7 October, 2017 | Olympus E-M10 | OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8 | 14000 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 100

I was attracted to the rustic and historic look of the Old Mill which, according to the History Girl, was renamed the Allentown Feed Company in 1977 but is now a mini indoor mall with craft shops and a coffee house. The Old Mill evokes a feeling of the countryside as a more straightforward way of life in Monmouth County, NJ, increasingly being lost in New Jersey. Currently, the building is host to an eclectic mix of speciality craft shops, studios, and farm to table vegan cuisine at our event meeting place, the Moth Coffee House. The building also houses The Old Mill Crafters' Guild. There is a small dirt patch parking area around the shops, and Main Street runs between the southern wall of the Old Mill and Conines Millpond. We didn’t dine in the restaurant, but I can imagine there is quite a view in the early morning and perhaps just before sunset.

Perhaps I’ll return in a few weeks when the fall colours are at their peak and explore more details of the Old Mill and more of the Main Street of Allentown.

Each Wednesday, The Daily Prompt Photo Challenge provides a theme for creative inspiration. Participants take photographs based on their interpretation of the theme and post them on their blog anytime before Wednesday.

The OM-D E-M10

Sweetness! It must be new camera week as just now Olympus officially announced the much talked about and rumored “baby” E-M5, the E-M10 (right after Fuji dropped the HOT X-T1)! This is IMO a $699 firecracker that will allow anyone to get a taste of the fantastic E-M5 at a great price point.Steve Huff

I like where the industry -- at least the smaller manufacturers -- is going.