Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Yokohama through a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 "Contemporary" lens

I wanted to get a single lens that could cover most of the bases when I was traveling. What I settled on was the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 "Contemporary" lens. So, out I went to see what I had either wisely spent my money on or what a big mistake I had made.

Going low and wide on Nihon Odori avenue.

Here comes the bus!

The streets are paved with gold.

Well now, what a pleasant surprise. The truth is that she was posing for another fella and I just sort of nonchalantly took a picture of her too.

Okay, maybe I took two pictures of her.

The Yokohama Bay Bridge as seen from Osanbashi pier.

An ocean going fishing boat getting ready to go back to sea.

Kasumi High School??? Must be a real sink or swim organization.

If one is going to go to sea do it in style.

I'm not the only photographer on the prowl.

It's fun to dream about going around the world on a luxury ocean liner.

Not everyone shares that dream.

This ship is so big they had to design it with extended bridge wings.

The lady in black.

People, places and things - this lens is checking all the boxes.

The back end of one damn big ship!

The lamp post makes a good sun dial.

Busted! I think I need to change the batteries on my cloak of invisibility.

This is a beautiful day for a walk-about.

Girl power on the move.

Yamashita-koen-odori is looking mighty good today.

Looking pretty in the Yamashita Koen flower garden.

This lens has macro photography capability too!

Flower gardens are always worth visiting.

Time for a run through China Town.

Up close and personal - not much this lens can't do.

This woman and the picture on the building have something in common.

Love the gold lanterns.

This place must look great at night with the lanterns illuminated.

I've got Rod Stewart singing "Some Guys have all the luck" playing in my head.

The music just got a little louder.

Doing that wide-and-low thing again.

Last shot of the day: A lovely lamp in a jewellery shop window.
All-in-all I'm very pleased with this lens.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots with a Sony A7II camera and Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f2.8 ZM lens.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

November in Yokohama!

There's a reason I spend so much time in Yokohama, it's because it's the greatest city on earth! There, I've said it and there's no doubt in my mind about it. Here are random shots taken at various locations in Yokohama from 2-12 November.

The bees are still buzzing in the heart of the city.

I'm not the only one who thinks Yokohama is great.

Everyone knows it's the city of happiness!

Well, almost everyone knows.

This is the city of love.

Even the clouds are beautiful here.

The perfect city skyline.

This is a good place to be a pedestrian.

Walking is the best way to get around. There's no need to own a car. Just put one foot in front of the other and...

...before you know it you're seeing the sights.

Of course for those that do enjoy automobiles; you don't have to own one to enjoy one.

Classic cars on display at the Red Brick Warehouse area.

Red leather interior for a classic sports car.

Good old American ingenuity - behold the classic Corvette Stingray!

A classic Toyota Corona Mark II! Okay, maybe it's not a Corvette but it still looks good,

I love the small details in styling on the old cars.

Back on the streets and I thought I just saw Keith Richards.

Everybody smiles in Yokohama!

If they don't smile it's because they're part of the sophisticated in crowd.

Even the mean girls are nice.

The beat of the brass!

A High School marching band is the best entertainment for a beautiful November day.

I don't want to work 
I want to bang on the drum all day 
I don't want to play 
I just want to bang on the drum all day
--Todd Rundgren

She's got drums and she know how to play them.

All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
-- Bangles

I love the everyday people...

...they're full of character. Every face tells a story.

A lot of ships in port today.

Another day another boat load of Porsches on display.

There must be over 100 Porsches parked here.

Yes, I'll take the nice yellow one - of course I'll pay cash for it, I'm a billionaire dontcha know! (not)

The sky is so beautiful today, it looks like it was carefully painted with a brush.

Last shot of the day: Meet Joe "The Fonz" Cool!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!