Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pieces of August

With the end of August in sight I do what I always do; grab a camera and a lens or two and wonder around looking for something of interest to photograph. So, off we go!

Dried flowers in the sun.

The Isezaki shopping street is always full of people from all walks of life.

Yokohama's Nihon Odori Boulevard.
Boulevard is an interesting word: A wide street in a town or city, typically lined with trees.
Nihon Odori certainly meets and exceeds that definition.

High heel strutting in Yoshidacho.

Shorts, shades and sandals - this is what summertime looks like!

Staying in step at Zounohana


Something about the color of your hair
Red, blue and yellow; it makes me wanna stare
Don't turn around, I don't want to know
I just want to remember the moment like this

Two of us

Members of the men's retirement club.

The wife said get out of the house and do something.

Sometimes he thinks retirement sucks.

Tatami mats in the sun.

Oosanbashi pier: The number one destination in Yokohama for couples to have their picture taken.

And, then there are the newly weds.

Cue the Carpenters performing  "We've only just begun" (written by - Roger Nichols & Paul Williams).
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run

Sharing horizons that are new to us

Do you take this dog to be your pet -- I do

Back down on the ground.

We'll keep on spending sunny days this way
We're gonna talk and laugh our time way
--Eddie Brigati & Felix Cavaliere

This is the place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

She doesn't have much to say.

Break out the booze!

Time for some flowers.

Up close in the pampas grass.

In Yokohama  the streets are lined with sake.

Playing around with my Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens.

Another day in the Yokohama historical archive building.

More flowers.

This time I was playing with the Sigma 85mm f1.4 lens.

My old friend Nicky.

The things one sees when wondering around.

Time to shift gears.

Inmates at the petting zoo.

Bracing themselves for the next group of children.

Nothing better than strolling down the boulevard on a sunny August day.

Last shot of the day: The thing I like about Hinodecho station is the way the tracks curve. Practically every train station I've ever been to is straight. The curve gives a nice perspective to the picture. At least that's what I think.
Summer is great but I'm looking forward to the Autumn Equinox.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Checking out the new Sigma Sd Quattro camera

The title of this post should be "goofing off with the new Sigma Sd Quattro camera". With the high heat, rain, and occasional typhoon passing by it was hard to get out and get serious with my new Sd Quattro camera. But, I don't want to make excuses; this post is a collection of pictures I took last week strictly with the Sd-Q and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens (52mm equivalent on the Sd-Q's crop sensor) and set to ISO 100. And now, with the tech talk over let's look at some images!

The cotton roses are starting to bloom.

This is a flower bed just outside the entrance to the Nogeyama zoo. I went there last Monday only to find out that it's the only day of the week that they're closed.

Descending Nogeyama (Noge Hill) and heading toward the town.

Passing over the Ookagawa river and I'm starting to feel hungry.

The best thing about a restaurant with a drink bar is that I can have hot coffee and ice tea at the same time.

Pampas grass! It makes good cover for photographers to hide behind.

Everyone's got something on their mind.

When it comes to flowers I'm partial to the yellow ones.

I went back to the Nogeyama zoo later in the week and noticed this little guy in the reptile pavilion.

Need a little air to breath.

I think the Nogeyama zoo is to small to keep a tiger. However, this tiger is very popular with the children. While I was taking his picture the children next to me were excitedly calling him "Tiger-san".  I think Tiger-san was thinking what he would do with a few minutes of freedom.

The petting zoo! This is my favorite part of the Nogeyama zoo.

The children are fascinated with the hamsters.  I'm not so sure the feeling is mutual with the hamsters.

These artificial sunflowers were pumping cooling mist into the air. The little girl was trying to absorb as much as she could to off-set the scorching heat of the day.

Different day, same old river.

Passing by the "Port Opening Memorial Hall" better known as the "Jack".

Also passing by the "Yokohama Customs House" better known as the "Queen".

Catching a cooling sea-breeze on top of Osanbashi pier.

The tug boat was turning in circles.

Being cool, staying in the shade of the old viaduct at Zounohana.

Street photography starts with the street!

Standing on the corner watching the world go by.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere in the world he told himself as he sipped an ice cold highball in the middle of the day.

Premium Tuna tail???

Like I said, everyone has something on their mind.

I love the train. So many interesting people to share the ride with.

What better place to have a little siesta than the air-conditioned train coach.

Poking my head out to see what I can see after a rain squall passes by.

Well, well, well, after the rain the sky cleared and the cloud viewing was magnificent.

The best vistas are seen from the topside of Osanbashi pier.

Cloud watching is free! All one has to do is stop looking at their iPhone for a moment and look up at the sky. It's as simple as that.

Such beauty! This is enough to makes one want to become a member of "The Cloud Appreciation Society". 
What I like about the Sigma Sd Quattro is that it reminds me of a film camera. Not a lot of bells and whistles; a basic camera that lets me make all the decisions. This camera will probably appeal to a niche group (like me) and maybe that's what Sigma had in mind.

As always, thanks for stopping by!