Saturday, July 25, 2015

Zeiss 35mm f2.8 C Biogon Lens & Sony A7II camera

I picked up a new lens yesterday; the  Zeiss 35mm f2.8 C Biogon T* (M mount) manual focus (silver color). In this day of faster and faster lenses, a f2.8 lens seems like an unlikely choice but for me I'm finding that a fast lens is not really necessary for my typical style of photography. Anyway, as soon as I got it I slapped it on my Sony A7II and headed out to my usual haunts to see what this lens was and wasn't capable of.

Anyone who frequents my blog will probable be familiar with many of these scenes; what can I say this is the the most convenient area for a quick test of a new lens.

Shot at f4. Not bad shallow depth of field for a f2.8 lens.

I find the simplest things interesting.

As one can see by the shadows, the sun is pretty strong today.

These girls were moving instruments to the waterfront in preparation for an outdoor concert.

A parasol is certainly a good idea for a fair skinned beauty today.

Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved
-- John Lennon 

Love is holding hands

The traditional Yokohama landscape (cityscape) scene.

I'm usually more of a 50mm lens guy but the 35mm perspective is working  quite well for me today.

Another standard waterfront image. To bad the sky isn't a bit bluer today. Oh well, at least it's not raining (knock on wood).

And, here on Osanbashi we have plenty of wood to knock on.

As I was looking through the view finder framing my next shot this fellow dashed right in front of me and I think he was trying to tell me something about myself or my photography :-) . The first rule of photography - don't pay attention to the critics.

Put a coin in and take a look.

A couple in total agreement on which way to go.

There's a lot of history in Yokohama and the King, Queen and Jack are a part of it.

I'm really liking this lens as I descend inside of Osanbashi.

It's nice and cool in here; dark too! A simple message to visitors to Yokohama.

More standard waterfront photography.

I sure love a parade and they were playing an old favorite of mine "Anchors Aweigh", it almost brought a tear to my old seafarers eye.

Okay, we're putting the "street" back into street photography.

Big crosswalk.

Day 2, same lens: the next morning we got up early and went to the Misaki morning market. While Emi was shopping I decided to check out the pier-side action.

They must have hooked a big one, it's taking 2 of them to reel it in.

6:00 o-clock in the morning and this place is filled with people.

People are lined up to get some hot grilled tuna and some seafood soup for breakfast.

Watermelons!

Watermelons, corn, eggplant. squash, tomatoes... this is the place to be!

You name it, they got it - and - the prices are reasonable (cheap) too.

The watermelon woman.

Heck, they're selling peanuts. What more could one want?

Well, that's it for the first batch of pictures with this lens. I had a lot of fun shooting this 35mm lens and I'm already looking forward to my next outing with it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summertime, and the living is hot!

Yes, summer is here to stay for now and the temperatures are heating up. That's why I like to walk along the Ookagawa River and enjoy the cool breeze and the shade of the trees.

It's also nice to walk through Bashamichi where the main avenue is lined on both sides with trees providing much needed shade from the hot sun. It's also lined with gas lamps that add a lot to the already nice atmosphere.

Yokohama park also provides a shaded haven for the walkers weary from the strong sun rays. 

Of course, one way to stay cool is to be inside an air conditioned room looking out.

But, no matter how nice the room or the window, or the view from the window, that's not my style.

I'd rather be sitting outside at a sidewalk café enjoying a cool drink and watching the world go by.

When you get down to where the Ookagawa river flows into the sea one can enjoy the breeze coming off the ocean.

Well, enough worrying about staying cool, it's time to worry about meeting my wife at Sakuragicho train station.

And, then it's time to look for a cold beer and start enjoying Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning and I decided to break out my old Sigma SD14 DSLR camera. I haven't used my SD14 for a couple of years. It's like getting reacquainted with an old friend.

Sunday and this construction site is all quiet.

It's pretty quiet by the Yokohama museum of art too! 

Speaking of art, this is a piece of art by the base of the Landmark Tower.

While it may be art, it's not my cuppa tea.

More stuff in the vicinity that's also not my cuppa.

Ahhh, this is more like it, little sea cadets out for some boat rowing.

All ashore that's going ashore!

Cute kids, glad to see them out learning the team work required to successfully row a boat up and down the river.

Moving on... it's a jungle out here.

Not really a jungle, it's actually quite civilized out here.


Morning glories in bloom - it really is summer!

Portable sunshade. 

The wide open space of Odori Koen (Odori park).

Kiss fans come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

"Two for the road"

Some people take their work seriously. Thank goodness!
It was fun shooting my old SD14 DSLR camera, I should do it more often.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike