Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Days and the Voigtlander 75mm f1.8 Lens

The Voigtlander Heliar Classic 75mm f1.8 (VM mount) lens is not most peoples idea of a walk about lens. I guess I'm not most people because I love using this lens for walking around the streets. As a short telephoto lens it helps me isolate objects and if I want to with the f1.8 aperture I can get blurred backgrounds; if I think it'll enhance the image.

Day 1: Gumyoji
Just outside of the Gumyoji train station (Kekyu train line) This noren curtain advertising Yebisu beer caught my eye.

I'm closing in on my main objective for today's trip; Gumyoji Temple.  Gumyoji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Yokohama City.

Buddhest temple prayer cards. Almost every photographer that visits a temple takes this kind of a picture. It's become kind of cliche and I try to resist doing it but I was intrigued with this card of the two daikon radishes.

A lotus plant outside the main temple.

Nice bronze statue.

A vivid paper lantern. It looked to me like it had recently been refurbished.

After leaving the temple I strolled around the town. I think I'm addicted to taking pictures of lanterns; like these in front of a ramen shop.

In the center of the covered shopping street is a neat clock. This is also right above the bridge over the Ookagawa river.

I'm surprised that Halloween has become so popular here in Japan.

There are jack-o-lanterns everywhere.

I decided to follow the Ookagawa river to the Yokohama seaside waterfront.

There are a lot of bridges over the Ookagawa river and everyone is different.

As the time approached noon I deviated from my mission so that I could eat lunch in a nice restaurant.

This restaurant recently had it's grand opening - it's a little too nice for me.

This dump place looks more my speed.

I ate alone; lunch with a friend is far more enjoyable.

At last I've arrived at the waterfront. A man and his trusty bicycle enjoying the day.

The art of strutting in high heels.

Last shot of day one: "Two Friends"

Day two: Nobi Beach (Miura Peninsula)
Nobi beach is one of the less popular beaches on Miura peninsula. So, that makes it popular with me.

Not exactly on par with the French riviera: sparsely populated, facilities a bit salt eroded, not much of a sandy playground... in other words "it's perfect!".

No need to worry about being crowded out by other beach goers.

It's a nice place for walking and jogging.

This looks more like rusted out tubular bells than a fence.

Yep! this is my kind of beach.

By following the coast I soon arrived at Kurihama just in time to see the Ferry arrive.

Open the door and out comes the people.

Last shot of day two: "A Man In A Kurihama Restaurant"

Day three: Miura Kaigan Beach
Everyone takes pictures of cats - why should I be different. This cat was in front of a mikan (tangerine) stand.  I said hello, she responded with a meow without opening her eyes; it was like I wasn't worthy of of a glance. That's cats.

I've read that in the United States there have been numerous sightings of creepy clowns. I see we have the same problem here in Japan.

Miura beach is a lot more popular than Nobi beach but at this time of the year there's not a lot of activity.

Feels a bit lonely here today.

Got a bit of a surf today.

Grey skies, no people except a few fishermen, chill in the air... break out the beer, it's time to party!

Last shot of day three: "The Party Is Over" time to catch a train and go home.

So, that was my three days with the Voigtlander Heliar Classic 75mm f1.8 (VM mount) lens. I forgot to mention to those who are not familiar with this lens that it's manual focus; no auto-focus. I see that as a plus, I think many would find that to be a minus. Either way, I enjoy the heck out of using it!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

More time with the Sd Quattro

The past week I've been shooting exclusively with my Sigma Sd Quattro camera and Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens. I started out on a beautiful morning walking along the Ookagawa river.

The weather and lighting was perfect for capturing this mirror like reflection in the river.

Then a paddle boarder came gliding through the reflection and, well, as they say "when in doubt, just keep shooting".

The day was getting better and better as I walked toward the waterfront.  

It was like a beach scene without sand.

The Ferris wheel to the stars.

I'm a bit queasy  when it comes to heights so I don't think I'll be riding this wheel anytime soon.

Much better to stay lower to the ground here at Aka-renga-soko.

The blue sky and wispy white clouds made for a postcard like scene.

The Sigma 35mm Art lens is not disappointing me at all.

Just proves the old adage "f8 and be there".

Normally this area is crawling with people.

A view to enjoy.

On the board walk of Osanbashi pier.

Last shot of this day: there goes the bus!

This day was grey and gloomy. No problem this flock of Lamborghinis is brightening things up.

Is she taking a picture of me or the sports car?

This female motor cycle cop was on the scene and made this child's dream come true.

Some kids never grow up; and that's not bad at all.

Grey clouds over the bay bridge.

And, things are getting a lot grayer very quickly.

Another mother doing her part to populate Japan.

And, a man alone in the world.

They're not alone.

Yokohama, even on a gloomy day it looks great!

Walking through Kannai these red lanterns caught my eye.

Seems like the simplest things look interesting to me. Probably only to me.

Even light bulbs look interesting.

Yes, it's the obligatory train station picture.

 She could sense somebody was behind her.

The 35mm lens does pretty good at shallow depth of field.

Friends in the flower garden.

Last shot of the final day of shooting with this rig. I'll call it "The End".

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