Vacation Choices #2: Voigtlander Perkeo II 80mm f3.5 Color Skopar

Here is another camera I have taken pictures with, and which I am considering as a 120mm folder for our road trip.  The Voigtlander Perkeo II and the Color Skopar lens are a great combo.  I used Kodak Portra 400 in it, and really did not appreciate what the camera and lens and film can produce together.  These were taken last year in August, and produced some of my favorite images.

What are your thoughts about this camera for a road trip?

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

The very first day of our vacation to Mammoth Lakes earlier this summer found us arriving at our B&B on a fine, sunny day.  The balcony behind the house was brilliant in the sunshine, and to greet us was this Hummingbird Moth, fluttering around, and for all intents and purposes, looking and acting as a hummingbird does – quick darts, sudden stops, hovering in the air.  Luckily my camera was able to capture this beauty.  Interestingly enough, I had never heard about Hummingbird Moths until only a few days before I saw this one!

Tourist Stop: Bodie, California

For what it’s worth, Josh and I went up Highway 395 to see what the Eastern Sierras has to hold. I’ve never been up there.

We decided to visit Bodie, the old silver-mining ghost town in the high desert of eastern California. It was amazing – not so much that it was a ghost town, but that at one point, it wasn’t a ghost town.  The road in is about 13 miles long, the first 10 of which have been recently blacktopped, but the last 3 of which are gravel and washboard.  We were there under a noonday sun.

Historically, about 5% of the original buildings remain, many of which had been destroyed by a fire sometime ago (1920s??).  While it is rather desolate and barren, visiting and learning a bit of its history, you are amazed to see the civilization of an age past come to life.

Click on the images below for the slideshow!