The more I photograph with it the more I am growing to appreciate what the designers at Leica had in mind when they connected and created the CL camera. It's small, discreet and efficient and it feels just right as an adjunct to just being outside. I've been pairing it with the TTArtisan 35mm f1.4 lens which gives me the same old feel of a 50mm lens on a classic M series film camera. My concession to modern times is the addition of a thumb grip in the hotshoe. It helps me get a more secure grip on the package.
I've given up on the "power saving" function because it takes too long for the camera to wake up. I just set it to be live all the time and carry a couple extra batteries with me. I'm probably being too paranoid since I was out with the camera for a couple hours and the battery was at least half full by the end.
Every time I shoot into the big, round, convex parking garage mirror it looks different to me. Ah well.
Glass ornaments in a shop window. A restaurant worker thru the window.
Family on Second Street.
Family on the turf at Seaholm.
Some days are just casual. Some days are intense. Some are just right in the middle; like today.
Health note: To all those thinking of moving to Austin: a friendly advisory... We have this thing here called "Cedar Fever." It's a wide spread allergy to juniper cedar pollen. It hits us most years around late November but it waited until the day after Christmas this year.
The symptoms are: itchy eyes, red eyes, bloodshot eyes, a runny nose, ample sinus congestion, a bit of fever, headaches, the desire to sleep --- all the time, endless sneezing and a feeling of relentless fatigue. But some people get even worse symptoms... The Cedar Fever symptoms can go on for months. Everyone who moves here eventually becomes sensitized to the cedar pollen and deals with the effects in their own way. I know some people who buy multiple HEPA air cleaners and lock themselves into their houses until the pollen passes. Some people move to remote islands after two or three seasons of dealing with the scourge. And some just give up and sit on their couches, cradling a box of Kleenex and weeping.
I've tried every over the counter medication for allergies known to man and right now I'm trusting my continued existence to Zyrtec. It's helpful. I've also bought three big, HEPA air cleaners for the house and one for my office. If I sit in the stream of clean air and am very careful not to open doors and windows it's all just bearable. The walks outside are rough. Sometimes my eyes itch so badly after a walk that I can't drive home. I sit in the car, running the filtered air conditioning until the symptoms abate and then make my way back to my house, through a stream of tears.
So, given that our house prices are now rivaling those in NYC and the West coast, and that we are largely incapacitated in the middle of Winter, and subject to intense heat and humidity in the Summer, it should be obvious that you might reconsider moving here... It might actually be one of the meaner levels of purgatory.
Or maybe I just wrote this because traffic is getting so bad again and the license plates of the cars that seem lost, erratic and dangerous are all from out of state..... Whatever.
If that was your car from Kentucky that weaved from one side of the road to the other while speeding up to 60 and then slowing down to 10 mph in the middle of the day......please move back home. And to the woman eating ramen from a bowl, with chopsticks, while driving her BMW SUV and talking on the phone --- from Maryland; please consider never driving again and be sure to put a note on that bicycle you accidentally ran over. But, of course, you can wait until you finishing texting and can find a place to double park....