View of The Brooklyn Bridge From Dumbo: Back After a Long Hiatus


View of The Brooklyn Bridge From Dumbo:

I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Sorry for the lack of posts.  What was only suppose to be a two week fishing trip ended up being extended a lot longer.  I also know that a few of you left me comments and sent me emails.  I’m sorry for the late replies!  I’m back now, and I will be posting again.  I have some cool Fuji stuff coming soon, and I might throw some Leica in the mix since I want to expand that section of my blog.  But for now, I just wanted to post something quick to get the ball rolling again.  I figure a great way to start off is a pic of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

I took this shot in Dumbo.  It was actually a pretty muggy day.  While I like walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, I rarely do so now because it gets very crowded.  I had my M 240 and my old 35mm Summicron Version 4 with me.  I’ve been shooting with a lot of my older lenses lately.  I prefer the modern Leica lenses in general but a lens like the Summicron Version 4 is so compact; it’s a great lens to carry on those hot summer days.  Nowadays, I use the ASPH version more because I prefer it optically but the older one is still no slouch; someone recently requested a 20×30 print of the photo in this post, and I have to say, for a lens that is decades old, it still performs brilliantly.


 Anyway, I appreciate you all stopping by.  Take care!

6 comments… add one
  • Elderin

    Hi Patrick, no need for excuses. It is not about quantity but quality why people are stopping by. At least that is true for me.

    And, because it is summer, most of your readers are busy themselfes. It is perfect timing if you will 🙂

    Anyhow, great image and nice to hear from you. The Summicron V4 like many other older leica glass is still a great lens. Many people prefer older glass not only for the look, but for practical reasons you mentioned also.

    Hope you enjoy summer in NY (and surrounded areas).

    greetings elderin

    • Patrick

      Hi Elderin,

      That’s really nice of you to say. I greatly appreciate your kind words, and offer you my sincerest thanks. I am definitely extremely grateful to have readers like you visiting.

      And thank you for the comment about my photo. I love a lot of the older Leica lenses. One lens that I will one day own is the 90mm Tele-Elmarit. It’s so compact, especially for a 90mm; they just don’t make lenses like that anymore :). I had a later edition 90mm Elmarit that I sold a long time ago to help fund a Mamiya lens but regretted since. I would’ve loved to try it out on my digital body.

      I hope you’re enjoying your summer as well! How has it been? Have you been taking a lot of pictures?

      Best regards,


  • Elderin

    Not as many pictures as i would have liked 😉 I have been travelling to Paris, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg. Only in Hamburg i took lots of pictures. But sommer comes late this year and my planned holidays are still to come.

    Oh yes is the 90 Elmarit lens beautiful. It is a great buy. The images i saw taken with it are unique. I really like the pop and and the colors the lens renders. And as you mentioned it is compact and has a build-in hood.

    I shoot the 90 Summarit and i can recommend this lens as well. Crazy sharp and focus is easy to nail. It is also compact but misses the build-in hood. I shoot it without to keep the lens small. Never had any issues with flare.

    I also traded my beloved 50mm Cron to the 50mm Lux asph. We have to make friends yet 🙂 I loved the Cron for being tiny and easy to focus (it is not only easier to achieve but the feeling is much smoother). But i wanted that 1.4 for low light shooting. My M9 does not like high iso 😉 I also have the feeling that the lux accept a bit more pushing iso as the images look a little bit less noisy in comparison. Dont know how this could be but i think so.

    Now i am off to read what you have to say about the Fuji 1.2 lens 😉 it happens to be that i am interested in the fuji system alot and already shoot and owned the X-E1 with the 35mm lens.

    Have fun.

    • Patrick

      Hi Elderin,

      It’s great to hear from you! Wow, you have definitely been traveling quite a bit. Good for you! Summer came late to NY as well. It hasn’t been very hot out compared to other summers in the past. I hope it stays this way though because I hate walking around when it’s very hot outside :).

      I know, the 90mm Elmarit is a great lens. I can’t believe I traded it in. I don’t regret what I bought with the money at the time but still, it was a superb lens and like you said, images taken with it had a unique look to them. It was also very sharp.

      I’ve never used the 90mm Summarit but after my experiences with the 75mm and the 35mm Summarit, I am eager to try the 90mm. I love the Summarit line; no-nonsense lenses that are not only priced better but also optically excellent. Best of all, they follow the old Leica tradition of being compact for their respective focal lengths. The 90 F2 APO Summicron is a nice lens but definitely not something that I would like to carry around all day.

      Congratulations on your purchase of the 50mm Summilux ASPH! Personally, it’s my favorite lens! But I know how you feel about the Cron. It’s easier to carry around and nail the focus.

      I’d be very interested to see how you like your Lux as you get used to it with time, so please drop me message or comment. I’d love to see a couple photos as well.

      Best regards,


  • Elderin

    Oh and i noticed that you printed your image of brookling bridge. It is nice to see that you “finish” the act of photography 🙂 Maybe you might want to tell about your experience with fine-art-printing in a future article. I started doing it and i know lots of others do as well but there are a lot of things to consider if you want top results.

    This of course could be an article published in november – enjoy summer.

    • Patrick

      Yes, Elderin, that’s a good idea for an article but like you said, maybe in November when I’m done enjoying the summer lol :).

      The print in this post was made for a customer but I still print a lot for myself because I believe printing is a very important part of photography! It’s great to hear that your work as well. More people should. There are so many cameras nowadays that are capable of producing such excellent results. It almost seems like a waste to leave all those images in the hard drive :).

      The only problem is I’m getting addicted to making very large prints but I’m running out of wall space :)!

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