Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Planar, A Biogon, and A Tele-Tessar - Oh My!

This post will be a three parter based on pictures taken with three different Zeiss camera lenses:
(1) Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f2 ZM lens
(2) Zeiss Biogon T* 25mm f2.8 ZM lens
(3) Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f4 ZM lens
Let's go!

(1) Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f2 ZM lens
What better place than Yokohama's China Town to see what a lens can do. My old friend the bun steamer.

I think the simplest things can be the most interesting; like these lanterns in a restaurant entrance.

A 50mm lens is very versatile - great for people pictures. Making the call!

The Zeiss Planar working its magic.

The look of determination,

A cast iron lantern lighting the entrance to a soba restaurant.

An everyday man at the train station.

Seeing the Kanagawa Historical Museum from a different angle.

Running on a cloudy day.

The Yokohama skyline is a mixture of the old and the new.

Shooting into the sun.

On the move in the Motomachi shopping district.

A whirligig wind indicator at the entrance to the Yokohama local meteorological observatory.

(2) Zeiss Biogon T* 25mm f2.8 ZM lens
A 25mm wide angle lens is outstanding for capturing people on the street. Hanz and Franz?

She's got sleeves and she knows how to use them!

A wide angle lens is good for combing the near and the far into one image.

I saw her standing there.

A man, a woman, and the back end of a large passenger ship.

A man can always depend on a woman to guide him through life.

Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on
-- Bill Withers

A beautiful day for a walk in the park.

The dogs agree with me on that point.

It seems like all roads lead back to China Town.

China town is always bustling with people.

Happiness is a warm bun!

Catching a few rays.

Rolling out the autumn fashions on the streets of Bashamichi.

An unspectacular image? Not to me; I love the way the afternoon light makes the street's textures come alive.

Plenty of train stations around here.

 (3) Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f4 ZM lens
Oh yeah - the short telephoto lens! Time to bring things in for a closer look.

This lens never fails to give me more than I expect.

Spotting humans in the rose garden jungle.

Now there's two of them! but they do look friendly.

A grand daughter and her grand father? A picture can always tell a story if one has some imagination.

This looks familiar.

I like the way the 85mm lens isolates details...

...then reaches out and pulls in the rest of the story.

Chinese munchkins guarding the entrance?

Time for a coffee break.

I never tire of lights and lanterns.

Last shot! Firing up the charcoal just outside a yakitori restaurant.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Everyday People Are Beautiful

Here's another round of seeing the beauty in everyday people. One need not be rich, famous or technically beautiful to be beautiful.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
-- Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

Let's get started: It's beautiful day for a walk.

I think the best beauty is inside of us.

Good thoughts are a good start.

Couples... what more does one need to be happy.

A walk will do us good. A beautiful morning to walk along Nihon Odori avenue.

People say a kimono will make any woman beautiful. 

Sometimes we all could use some tough love and this is the person to hand it out.

By-the-way, all the images in this post were made using a Sony A7II camera and a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Nokton II VM lens.

Another couple out for a walk.

No mater what you're told - Yokohama is the real city of love.

Couples passing in silence.

Some people are blessed with more beauty than others.

I think this couple thing is starting to catch on. 

A walk in the park is good for the soul.

I'm not the only one out today with a camera.

A mysterious beauty.

I saw her standing in the sunlight and she saw me...


It's a beautiful day!

We're on our way!

Going for the gold.

She feels the warmth of the sun on her face.

Made for each other.

A man and a woman - Un homme et une femme

Plugged in

Best friends forever.

Sun screen

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates 
You got a brand new key 
I think that we should get together and try them out you see 
--Melanie Safka

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse area is a people magnet

When people gather they sit, then they drink.


We've got the Cost Guard and the Police here - I think we're safe.

Breath in the salty air - it's good for you.

 Goin' for a walk - gonna stretch my legs.

One day you'll find that I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun
-- Lennon/McCartney

One need not be perfectly in focus to be beautiful
One only needs to smile

Thanks for stopping by!