On my way home from Iowa, I had a day to spend in Chicago. What better way to spend it than on the bike?
During my time in the Midwest, I ran into Bob a few times. He saw my cameras, and asked me to take his picture. Bob is a salesman, and a while back he had a stroke. With my help he wanted to check if his smile was starting to look ok again, and was happy to see it was.
Since I started photographing, people have talked a lot about how you need to get rid of the "kit zoom", typically a cheap standard zoom with a less than impressive maximum aperture. After many years I got my first kit zoom, a Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6. I'm impressed. The limited brightness and its plasticky build quality are the two drawbacks. On the other hand, it is very sharp, and the stabilizer does help. With the lens, I ran the Transylvania Trail ultra marathon, and got pictures good enough for Runner's World. Today I took it for a spin.
A long trip for an assignment. I try to avoid flying when possible, and planned to go by train and bus to Fairfield, Iowa via Chicago. A sign reading mistake made me miss the train from New York to Chicago. Thankfully, there was a Greyhound. After many hours and a sore neck I arrived at my destination. The Midwest is huge, and in an odd way a bit visually stimulating.