Reflection

Reflect the Legend
Reflect the Legend
San Antonio is a city that dates back to Spanish Colonial times. It has gone from a presidio and village on the banks of the San Antonio river known as San Antonio de Bexar to a modern metropolis. In 1731 fifteen families of Canary Islanders invited by the king of Spain, arrived to begin new lives “about a musket shot from the presidio”. My wife proudly traces her ancestry to those families. They are deep roots in the Americas that few non-native people can match.

San Antonio has always been a crossroads of culture and commerce. Texicans, Texians and finally Texans as they came to be called built lives here. Revolutions and Indian wars and civil conflicts swept the land over the years. Texans were and are as tough a bunch of individualists as can be found anywhere. When the Texas revolution came they stayed and died but didn’t yield. When Teddy Roosevelt wanted Rough Riders he rode his horse into a bar next to the Alamo waving his hat asking for volunteers. He got them. That is how legends are born.

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Among the Trees

My year long project to photograph using only a Sony A7II body and legacy lenses is nearing completion. I plan to do a full postmortem of the project later this year. In the meantime some things have become clear. Most importantly I have discovered that using manual focus lenses is an advantage in almost all situations except for fast action shooting. Going into the project I expected that manual focus would be a limitation. It is not a limitation at least for me. Slowing down and thinking before shooting has improved my photography. I see no reason to go back to using auto focus lenses any time soon.

Another interesting thing I’ve discovered is a preference for using shorter focal length lenses. In the past I relied upon zoom lenses and often used long focal lengths of 200-300mm simply to frame shots without moving. That is a bad habit. Now I find myself using a 35mm prime lens for almost all my photography. Long lenses do have a place but they should not be a crutch for sloppy technique.

This photograph was shot a few days ago using a forty plus year old Super Takumar 35mm m42 mount lens. It has proved to be my absolute favorite lens for the project.

Sunlight

Cypress Trees, Medina River - Central Texas Hill Country
Cypress Trees, Medina River – Central Texas Hill Country
Spring generally comes early in the Central Texas Hill Country. This year is no exception to that rule. It has been a marvelous winter season with lots of rain. Texas is poised on the edge of a spectacular wildflower bloom starting about now along the coast and progressing northward for the next couple of months.

The Hill country is just at the point of transition into spring. Cypress trees along the Medina River are not yet covered with new growth. They are still elegant silhouettes lining the banks of the river. It was eighty four degrees here yesterday and the locals were picnicking and swimming with the giant trees overhead.

After years of severe drought we can all rejoice in a gentle abundant Spring season.

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