Friday, October 2, 2015

Spilled wine - crowded album

What does one do with leftover pictures? Over the summer I took a lot of photos that I liked but they didn't quite fit into the theme of my weekly post. Well I just couldn't press the delete button on these images so here they are. No rhyme, no reason, no, no.

Two of us going her way

The rickshaw man

Nobody gets in her way


Walk this way

An English Garden in Japan

Emi got a new back pack

Does anybody really know what time it is?


In the summertime when the weather is fine

Lucky to be here, lucky to be me, lucky, lucky, lucky

It's all about walking

Suddenly these peddle cabs are everywhere.

Everybody's got a bag to carry.

Which way's the Blue Oyster Cafe?

Another four story building without an elevator.

Some people thought he was a mean old man, but they didn't know him.

He said he was going to put his smart phone down and go for a ride. He wanted to clear his mind and he did. He was truly happy.

I saw her standing there

They thought she was pouting, they thought she was mad, they thought she was difficult, they thought she was sad. They didn't know her and they never will.

Living in a modern world.

Here they come...

It's the Mikoshi parade!

Water fight club

Early morning and the coffee brown VW van was gleaming in the sun.
Say goodbye to Summer - we sure did have a lot of fun!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

A Day with the Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron Lens

The Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron lens is a nice wide angle lens made in Japan. It's an "M" mount lens so I used the Voigtlander close focus "M" mount adapter to attach it to my Sony A7II camera. Now that we've got all that out of the way, here's a set of pictures I took last Saturday while walking around Yokohama.

Yes, it's the Ookagawa river. Boat landing to the left, public restroom to the right.

Passing through a back alley in Bashamichi. I can imagine that this place is quite enchanting at night with the lanterns and fake tree lights on.

The standard Mama-san bicycle. Basket on the front, and a nice looking Mama-san at the helm.

The 28mm lens is perfectly suited for taking landscape type images.

People roaming around a Vietnam food festival at Nippon Odori.

This is the nice thing about Yokohama, there's always an event going on somewhere. The Vietnamese food smelled great.

All roads lead to China Town.

This is high noon in China town.

Steamed pork manju - hot and ready to eat.

The 28mm is pretty good at taking the big picture and being up-close and personal at the same time.

The Chinese had fast food down pat way before McDonald's.

A herd of tourists looking for a place to eat lunch. With so many restaurants to choose from this could be a difficult decision to make.

When people aren't looking for a place to eat they're busy shopping.

A kitchenware shop.

Another good use for the 28mm Ultron - taking pictures of temples!

Not far from China town is the upscale shopping district of Motomachi.

This place is packed with happy shoppers today.

After swiftly passing through Motomachi I paused outside of the Yokohama Doll Museum to take this shot of a bronze doll. The Doll Museum may not sound like a very interesting place, but it is! Well worth a visit if one is in the area.

Even though this is a wide angle lens, it does pretty good for close up work too.

Yamashita park.

The stern of the Hikawa Maru; steamship/floating museum.

This was the highlight of the day. At the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, I was finally able to go inside the theater. This room is usually not available for viewing by the general public.

Just outside the second floor left side entrance to the theater.

And, into the right side entrance.

Opened in 1917 the place is splendid!

Ground floor level.

After WWII this theater was used to show movies to the U.S. Army troops that were occupying Japan. I have been wanting to get a look at this room for a long time.

Back on the prowl we see a man selling Yakisoba to people heading to Yokohama stadium to watch a baseball game.

A crow drinks in Odori koen. So far, I haven't found anything not to like about the 28mm Ultron.

It's amazing how many different events can be going on in a single day in Yokohama. Sometimes it's good to be the boss.

I don't know what this procession is all about, but it's fun to watch.

These two charming ladies were bringing up the rear.

Last shot of the day. I call this "From here to infinity"
All-in-all, I think very highly of this lens!

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