Arezzo, Italy – The Jewel of Toscana

I bought a new camera before embarking on my year-long study abroad adventure. As an amateur photographer with amateur gear, I decided to upgrade to something that would allow me to capture all of my favorite moments.

I studied in Arezzo, Italy. The town of Arezzo is similar in size and population to Norman, and is located in central Tuscany. Sounds horrible doesn’t it? The landscape was by far the most beautiful I’d ever seen in my life, and these photos do not do it justice. However, out of the 10,000 photos I took during my time abroad, this one is my favorite.

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The Wheels of The Southwest Car Show

Visitors attended the Wheels of the Southwest car show in Prague Saturday where a 1971 Fastback Mustang took home the top prize. 

According to event coordinator Marilyn Davis, Judges evaluated 53 vehicle classes, which is more than most car shows. The show’s popularity has grown in recent months, as Davis has already organized eight shows this year with several more planned down the line.  

“I’m very excited to see so many people enjoying a taste of Oklahoma car culture,” Davis said. The range of vehicles competing at this event would satisfy even the most dedicated car lover. From several iterations of classic American muscle cars, to a trio of restored Chevrolet Bel Airs; nearly every segment of car culture was represented.  

A trio of beautiful Chevrolet Bel Airs wait to be judged. They competed in the Classic Sedan Class. George DeShurley

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Lens Comparison: Rokinon 12 mm F/2.0

This is the Rokinon (Samyang) 12 mm f/2.0 lens. It’s a manual focus wide-angle lens that’s ideal for casual landscape shooting, and the manual controls give it a nice ‘vintage’ feel.

This lens is by all means a budget lens, at only $300. That being said, the manual focus, manual aperture and fixed focal length definitely make it a niche lens that’s not going to fit everyone’s needs.

Regardless, I’m posting about this because, through a confusing series of events, I ended up with two of these lenses.

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