This trip was a long time coming as I’ve been an F1 fan as far back as my freshmen year in college, during the years of Honda F1 with Jensen Button and Michael Schumacher’s dominance in his undefeated Ferrari. The same time period when Lewis Hamilton was an up and coming start under the wings of McLaren.
I knew planning for a weekend trip in Europe being a poor college student was an unrealistic goal, but I knew one day it would eventually become an reality in the future. I mean…that’s why we all go to college right? To get good jobs and make money?
Fast forward to 2019 and I received a group email with a few of my friends, planning for a potential trip to Austin, Texas for the 2019 United States Grand Prix. Moves were made and money was spent, but it was well worth the trip as it was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken with the guys and with Amy.
Amy and I had no idea what to expect as neither of us have ever taken a trip down south to Texas before, especially Austin, but from what I’ve heard from both social media and from co-workers, it was an booming city with excellent foods and some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.
Did I mention that the food was amazing?
Most people that plan for these events would typically bring their large DSLR cameras with huge lenses (you know, those big white lenses than have their own tripods attached to them), but I had different plans. Carry such huge equipment around means you’re now the photographer, not a tourist anymore. This means that you are no longer in the present, but on a mission, something that I was not interested in doing anymore in my life.
The only primary camera that I brought with me was my Leica M-P 240 with my new-ish Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/2 Vintage lens I picked up from my Instagram friend Danny Bligh (@dannybligh) after I traded him my brand new Leica Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH II. I never really had a chance to actually use the lens in the past couple of weeks since I’ve had the lens in my possession, but Austin was the perfect place to test out the lens out in the wild. I’ll do a separate review on the lens on my primary blog, but for now, I’ll let the photos paint the pictures for you on how our weekend went.
You can view more photos from the trip here: Flickr