Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This day and that day - Two days of fun

That's it, two days of fun walking around without a care in the world.

This day: A walk in Tokyo - more specifically a walk around  Asakusa.
Everyone visits the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. I think it's mandatory for every citizen of Japan as well as every foreign visitor.

It's more than just a temple visit, it's an experience. The temple is surrounded with shops, restaurants, entertainment... you name it, it's there.

There's something in the air here. People smile and dance with delight!

Well, maybe not everyone is enthralled with a smile on their face, some are transfixed!

Senso-ji temple is a great place to casually mill about.

The incense smoke is good for what ails you.

Big lantern.

I think tourists are great! It's fun to see people discovering Japan.

Hmmm... some tourists are more interesting than others.

Passing by some locals as we explore the back alleys of Asakusa.

What better way is there to enjoy a Sunday in Asakusa than to dress up in traditional kimono.

Uh oh...I smell whisky (this one's for you Ken) and where there's whisky, there's soon to be a party!

Yep, there's a party all right.

Cheers! Good times for everybody! I'll drink to that!

And, here we are. The life of the party A couple of fun lovers.

My new best friend.

After a few drinks and some good food we're back out and about checking out the sights.

Last shot of this day: There is no shortage of rickshaws in Asakusa.

That day: A day in Yokohama!

Where there is a bus stop...

...soon there's a bus!

Some of the best people watching in Yokohama is at Osanbashi pier.

A view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge from the pier.

There's a ship in port today, and it's a big one!

Osanbashi pier is the cool hip place to be. The best part is that it's free. Smile for the camera!

Come one, come all, bring the family too!

The original "Pay for view" system.

The sun's getting a little hot out here.

Time to move on.

This girl shot by me on her bike and I quickly took her picture. Luckily it was in focus and then when I zoomed in on the image I noticed that her earring was a dangling spider and the second pierced earring is a small spider web. (Click on the picture to enlarge for a better view).

We're all having a good day today.


I always appreciate a park bench with a view.

Sharing the shade.

 Yokohama has the best motorcycle gangs.

 Maybe it's time to get a Thai massage.

Last shot of "That day". When one sees a woman barreling toward you on a bicycle built for three, the prudent thing to do is to get the heck out of her way!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My new Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 Macro Lens

I wanted an all purpose zoom lens to use when I travel, for walking the streets and for macro images; and, it had to be a Sigma lens so I could use it on my Sd Quattro cameras.  Enter the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 Macro "Contemporary" lens. Sigma web page for this lens

So, this is my first outing with my new toy. Let's go for a walk!

Shooting it wide along the Ookagawa river in Yokohama

The cherry blossom trees that line the Ookagawa river seem to be the first to show signs of autumn.

In Japan one never says "where's a taxi when you need one?"

Thursday morning and all is well along the Nihon-Odori avenue.

Men on the move.

A sea worthy vessel moored at the Oosanbashi pier.

On the other side of the pier is the cruise ship Asuka II.
https://www.asukacruise.co.jp/english/

No better place to test a new lens than Yamashita park.

I don't think that couples holding hands will ever go out of style.

Of course looking for a hand to hold will always be a part of life too.

The rose garden in Yamashita park is a great place to check out this lens's macro feature.

Works for me.


I'm seeing red!

So far so good.

Taking the lens to the street for a high speed run through China Town via Park Avenue.

Welcome to China Town!

Retirees cruising the streets looking for a good time!

His white coat is spotless, he must be the boss.

Looking for a good place to eat lunch.

Chowing down on a fresh steamed bun.

China town is happy town.

Taking in the sights and sounds.

Outside the China town limits I encountered a stream of ladies dressed in Kimonos. Who are they? Where are they going? And, why are they looking so happy??? Mysteries that won't be solved.

There are a lot of old stone buildings in Yokohama. The architecture is impressive.

Hey! We forgot our neck ties!

Nice sidewalks around here.

Passing through the Kannai district.

Now passing through the Bashamichi district (I get around).

I think the one piece dress is classy.

No matter where one goes in the world one is never too far from the Colonel.

I know what she's thinking:
Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world it's turning inside out Yeah!
I'm floating around in ecstasy
So don't stop me now don't stop me
'Cause I'm having a good time having a good time
-- Freddie Mercury

More Freddie
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

It's been a long day, time to go home. I love public transportation.
All in all I'm very pleased with my new lens.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike