There is a Cyclone “Nilam” on on the East Coast. It is almost an annual event from the NE Monsoon that wets and irrigates the Eastern Seaboard, Mainly Orissa, Andhra and TamilNadu states. Not as violent as the “Sandy” though. It disturbed life for at least a couple of days. We, in the Deccan Plateau are experiencing the spill-over of rains and “Seattle-like” weather. I had bought a rarely used Praktica Nova IB and a Domiplan lens, separately from different sellers in the UK, sometime ago. The Praktica needed some CLA plus. It feels good, now. The Domiplan was sold as a non-working item. The seller thought the iris blades were absent. The automatic pusher-pin was missing; I had a hunch that the iris blades may be hidden in the fully open position. I bought it hoping that I could repair/restore it to working condition. Yes, I found the Iris blades. I used a thin card-board wedge to lift the semi-circular ring that operates the aperture. The lens now works stop-down, fully. I mounted the lens on the Praktica and loaded it with some ORWO UN 54 ASA100 film this morning and went out to capture the rainy ambience around the neighborhood. As usual, I developed the film in my home brew. I now have three Domiplans; one of them works with the automatic pin; another one has a fixed aperture that I put in; this, third one is a stop-down. I like all of them optically despite their mechanical problems. I found the Domiplan not so great with landscape shots. However, I found them good for close-ups and mid-range distances as in the urban scenes. They seem to have a special capacity to bring out the texture and tonal gradation in dull-lit scenes. Today’s pictures illustrate some of those qualities, I think.