Guadalupe River Flood May 30th, 2015 on Vine Street – Victoria TX

We relive the past, this town was flooded in 1998, residents relive the memories.

With heavy rains and flash floods on northern cities from Victoria, TX – much of that rain flows through the Guadalupe River and makes the water rise dramatically to a level that eventually reaches city roads, golf course, zoo and other civic areas. Alligators that live in smaller local water tanks, dams etc eventually have to go with the current and find new areas. Many animals are forced to roam into the city streets, snakes, raccoons, dogs, deer and even cats are affected and gather around.

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Elmarit M 90mm

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Leica M 240 + Leitz Summaron 35mm f/2.8

Using the Leitz Wetzlar Summitar 50mm f/2 (Leica) is good. 

Took a trip to Houston Camera Exchange the other day, found this cool Summitar for sale and took it home. Mounted it on my M3 and M Typ 240 and made me giggle, this thing is fun!

  

So went walking around and took some photos, I can say that this lens is sharp at f/4 and glowy at f/2. If you apply some sharpening to the DNG files, you can get it to look very sharp. Only thing may bother you is the center that looks weird in some images at f/2 but may add to the feel of a vintage lens.

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/4

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2, when shot in closer distances it creates a weird center that reminds me of a vortex

Summitar at f/2.8

Summitar at f/2.8, this lens is sharp

Summitar at f/2

Summitar at f/2. Missed the focus on her eyes and front focused on her hair, you can see is still sharp in the middle corner, really not bad. I Like this lens and its vortex in the middle.

May a new camera and lens make you a better photographer? Should you upgrade? Yes, but read why.

Yes, you should upgrade to a newer camera but not exactly to the newest technology, by new camera I mean the “new to you”

Most people now know that a camera doesn’t make you a better photographer, so you could spend over $100k USD and still take mundane photographs. What I want to tell you is that a better camera means one that you feel comfortable using and one that still brings that special feeling when you press the shutter and hear the click. One that simply feels like you are creating art instead of capturing 30 of the same mundane angle.

I started my photography career with film and a single manual SLR and two zooms. Now that I know a bit more, I wish I simply started with a prime lens but at the time people told me a zoom was my best option.

So, do you want to upgrade to latest and newest, do you want that vanguard Nikon D4s and think it will make you a top pro? No. You will still get the same angle, action and moment than if you used a Nikon D1.

Why should you upgrade to a “new to you” camera?

Because it makes you think, because it lets you slow down and enjoy it, because it helps you create art. Are you in for the money or for the art? Or for what reason are you in?

Finally, every photographer feels different in their own way, so what I say may be different than what you believe in. I believe that a Nikon D4s will help you take a great photograph, sharp, fast, and accurate. But ask, do you need the speed, bulk and weight just to take a photo of a standing building that doesn’t move more than 100000 mm per every thousand years?

Hope that helps to anyone out there.

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Fun at the Fair (feria)

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Here are more images from the session at the Fun Fair (amusement fair, feria, fair, carnival) or how ever you may want to call it. I Believe is feria but, that’s just me.

We had lots of fun doing these session and I think the images speak for themselves.

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm

Fair with an M and Skopar 35mm