The lunch and dinner below were shot in horrific lighting conditions so bear with me here. Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia is really one of a kind. I was thrilled to grab lunch there while I was down there. The only real advice I have for anyone going is to be VERY VERY sure of your heat-handling abilities when ordering the Spanish Flies (spicy wings) which I think are described as "HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT" on the menu. Trust me on this one. I don't know what possessed me to order that dish twice before. I think I'm through with spicy masochism for now. But do go for the beers, mussels and pommes frites. The burgers are a great choice too.
Anyway the corner we were in pretty much had no light so these shots were taken wide open with the slowest shutter I could really get away with and at ISO 4000 (the empty mussel shells at ISO 6400).
Ok, so these were somewhat presentable after heavy editing.
The below indoor shots taken at Alma de Cuba, pretty much all at ISO 6400, are rather hopeless. I doubt they are fixable at all, or my editing skills aren't strong enough. I wasn't going to bother shooting the rest of the meal but just did for kicks. Plus, sometimes I have to remind myself that I am also at a restaurant to enjoy the food and company. :P Alma de Cuba is one of those places that was on my college bucket list forever, but it just never happened while I was there. This was way too much food for the two of us, and those addictive mounds of warm (slightly sweet) bread they serve were extra dangerous. Not to be defeated, we got dessert anyway, a lit chocolate "cigar."
Overall, I do commend my camera for handling this lack of light. It still amazes me what it can capture in almost darkness. I think I've got at least one more lingering Philly post on the queue if I ever get around to it.
Mm feeling like a Thai takeout + Netflix kind of night. :)