Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Real People of Yokohama - 35mm f1.2 Nokton VM lens

The Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Nokton II VM lens is made for taking fast portrait shots of people on the street. So, with my 35mm lens mounted on my Sony A7II camera I set off to take pictures of the real people of Yokohama!

I couldn't have been blessed with a better day for this self-assigned assignment.

Family love always puts a smile on my face.

Mr. Hoodie with his cool shades out on Osanbashi pier.

The girls are back in town!

Call it tan, call it khaki, call it a popular color this time of year.

The face of the future. What will this young lady grow up to be?

The black leather jacket gives her an edgy "don't-mess-with-me" look.

This really is the face of our future. In 30 years she could be leading the country.

Pigtails, lipstick, what's next cigarettes?

March is the time of year when we're caught between winter and spring. Bundle up to much and one overheats; not enough and one freezes. What's a girl to do?

A visit to the Yokohama Bashi shopping street brings us into close contact with the faces of a lifetime of experience.

A life of hard work, raising family, cooking, cleaning; a tough life makes a tough woman. Don't mess with a tough women.

A man that knows how to behave around tough women.

More of that khaki color - she wears it well.

Who is that behind the Foster Grants? 

It's all in the eyes.

Going for a walk in Yamashita Park. It won't belong before the trees will be covered in green.

Portraits in China Town.

Some people look good in a beret hat. She does, I don't.

The boys are back in town!

The look of love
Is in your eyes
A look your smile can't
--Burt Bacharach/Hal David

Happiness is a sunny day out walking and talking with ones buddies.

Some people prefer to be alone with their thoughts.

Day walking in dreamsville.

You're looking good girl, like I knew that you could!

Clutching the smart phone - never know when the call will come.

You come on like a dream, peaches and cream
Lips like strawberry wine
You're sixteen sixty, you're beautiful and you're mine
--Robert and Richard Sherman (minor edit by me)

And, they call it puppy love.

Smile for the camera!

Another smile for the camera!

Fast and dangerous times for Secret Agent Orange 3.

First I noticed her sunglasses, then I noticed his coat. Did he borrow the coat from his mother? Just a passing thought.

One thing is for sure, he didn't borrow the coat from her. 

I feel a yawn coming on.

Khaki coat [check], bright future [check]. She's ready for anything that comes her way.

Last shot of the day: happiness is being happy together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Walk with me - Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f2.8 ZM lens

That's what I do! I walk around and take pictures. Sometimes I take the same picture over and over again. The flower pot along the Ookagawa river.

If something happens in front of me, I take a picture.

This is the bird lady. She shows up in the morning with a bag of bread crumbs and starts a feeding frenzy with the seagulls.

Birds of a different feather...

By-the-way, like the title implies all these images were taken with a Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f2.8 ZM lens mounted on a Sony A7II camera.

We are in the middle of the pre-spring fashion shift. The girls are starting to wear their lightweight coats.

Which way did they go? Over there!

Looks like somebody left their coat back at the office - mistake.

The Bashamichi district is the place to be seen looking good.

Provided one can see over the top of their muffler scarf.

The entrance to this restaurant is decorated with aprons.

One is never to old to roar like a tiger.

Meet the sharp dressed man.

I call this casual classy. The buttons on the cuff of the sweatshirt give it away.

Sweater friends.

I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me
And every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me
Always something there to remind me
--Burt Bacharach - Hal David

It's the old hidden fist trick; all the tough girls know this one.

It's always good to know that the Colonel has your back.

Life on the Isezaki shopping street.

Just around the corner from my favorite camera shop.

We're all strangers passing in the crosswalk of life.

Graceful and dignified - what more could one want?

A man alone with his thoughts.

The Jazz scene is alive and well in Yokohama.

There are days when one wakes up and realizes that the ship has sailed without them.

His ship sailed without him.

Like I said, sometimes I take the same picture over and over again.

Hotel New Grand Yokohama - Opened in 1927.

There are couples...

...and, there are those looking to be a couple.

The streets of China Town.

We can't all be visitors; somebodies got to do the work.

Time for a coffee break.

Break is over, back to work!

The lady in red.

She's got phone-itus bad, and that ain't good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!