|Agritopia Community Gardens|
|If I bought property on Joe's land, I could plant a garden on my own plot of land.|
|The landscape designer gave me a quick tour. Agritopia is part of a community in Gilbert. Joe's Farm Grill and The Coffee House are two restaurants in that community that I adore.|
|Hello Kitty Vespa!|
|Isn't she cute? She's all Vespa!|
|Scooter Meetup at Joe's Farm Grill. No, I don't own a Scooter...yet.|
|Someone has this pink beauty.|
|Pretty in Pink!|
|Getting ready for their ride. they had quite the turnout.|
|Some of these Scooters go as fast as 85 MPH without modifying.|
So, I got here, took a short tour with the landscape designer who happened to be there with his tricked out black Vespa, (one of the older ones that has shifting gears! I didn't get a picture. What an idiot I am! Luckily, he lives in Agritopia, so I'll catch a picture of it at some point.) I was so fascinated with the whole scene. Meanwhile it's hot and I'm trying to shoot in BRIGHT sun with this little Leica D-Lux 4 and was having a tough time shooting it in manual mode. Why? I couldn't see the little LCD! I couldn't make out what I was photographing due to the glare. What a pain in the ass this little guy is without a viewfinder. I ended up switching it to all Auto a few times. I took primarily RAW and in manual mode though, so I didn't cop out totally. Camera manufacturers need to reincorporate the optical viewfinders in these cameras. (Fuji listened with their X100 camera.) Boy, do I miss optical viewfinders. So much so that I almost sold this camera...but I just couldn't do it. It's my only Leica. (More on that in a bit.)
Now, I have the Canon S95, which I use on occasion, but mostly my sister uses it. I also have the Sony NEX 5, which has somewhat soft kit lenses, but a nice APS-C sensor, and my trusty Nikon D90 with a 50mm fast lens. Each of these has its own pluses and minuses. The simplest solution is to have a small camera with optical viewfinder and a big sensor. Shouldn't be that hard to build, but apparently it is.
|Plum. My favorite besides the expresso color which wasn't here.|
|They want six thousand dollars for this Vespa. Why not just get a regular motorcycle then?|
|Agritopia will be expanding at some point with a few stores and restaurants. No food or store chains. Yippee!|
I honestly don't know what the answer is here. I've come to love digital, but pine for film. The film quality is so addictive that I long for a day when the film labs come back. I wish I knew enough about film developing that I could do my own lab work. ( Black and white and slides)That seems to be the path I'm starting to embrace. I can always scan the negatives for a quick look on a blog, but will still have those lovely negatives and slides to hold in my hand and print on fine papers.
I'm very happy with my decision in biting the debt bullet to get that M6 and 35mm cron. Will I keep the little Leica D-Lux 4? Well, yeah! I think it's a great compact camera, and I may get the viewfinder for it! I love the different size formats, especially square format. I don't need a ton of megapixels. I've gotten beautiful prints from all the digital gear mentioned above. Going full frame is just another expense I don't need, and I figure I am going that route by using film. I'm just happy that I will be using a Leica M again. Now I have to go find a job to pay all this shit off. LOL!