Are You Feeling Prickly Today?

There are days that I really regret parting with the Leica M10, in October 2018. My eyes were still in a state of recovery—cataract surgery in summer 2016 and regular shots (gulp, yes, needles) for Macular Edema. Fast forward: My retinas are no longer leaky; treatment isn’t necessary; and my eyesight is normal enough that I probably could adequately handle the rangefinder now.

The Featured Image, taken on April 25, 2018, demonstrates what the camera can produce—even in incapable hands. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/4 (guesstimate), ISO 100, 1/1000 sec, 50mm; 12:35 p.m. PDT; composed as shot. Lens: Summarit-M 1:2.4/50. The bokeh is quite pleasing, and I speculate the location is the Madison overlook in San Diego neighborhood University Heights.

Turning attention to the title’s question: As I look at the United States now in a de facto state of war with China and Russia, my answer is yes! I feel prickly. You?