Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Fujifilm X100F Camera - Yes I bought one too!

I needed another camera like I needed another drink - and, I don't need another drink but like the camera I'll probably get one. So, now that I've got this camera it's time to go for a walk around the usual places in Yokohama and see what it can do.

Well, it's not so bad for street photography.

Hey! Seems to do pretty good at colorful flowers.

Taking a shot over the bow Nippon Maru. That's the Yokohama Bay Bridge in the background.

I'll show you my phone if you show me yours.

Here we are in Yamashita Park taking yet another picture of the Hikawa Maru. Thank goodness it's a nice day.

Gotta get the stern shot.

As a full time pedestrian I always appreciate a good park bench to stop and rest my legs.

Ah, spring is here, the flowers are blooming and love is in the air.

She must protect her fair skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The best sunscreen is a parasol.

A wide brimmed hat does a pretty good job too.

 Doris Day would say - Please, please don't eat the daisies. Actually she would sing it.

The lens on this camera is not too shabby.

I saw her standing there.

The business man with his business plan loving the life he lives.

The only thing better than a park bench on a nice day is a coffee shop that serves good coffee at a reasonable price.

One knows it's spring when the yellow rose blooms and the fat lady sings.

Well, we ain't got no fat ladies but the park is full of young girls.

I said it's spring but it's starting to look a lot like summer.

This is the new fountain in front of the Yokohama Museum of Modern Art. The kids are having a blast.

Passing under the modern art.

Let's park a sailing ship in the middle of the city. Fine by me.

When there's a nice day we'll always have people.

I'm a people person - how about you?

She's got things on her mind.

She's got music playing in her head.

And, she's in charge of her man

Lastly, she's thinking I need a plan.
The Fujifilm X100F and me - we sure had a real good time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!
These images were taken with a Sigma Sd Quattro H camera and a Sigma 24-70mm EX DG zoom lens.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tulips! part 2 - The Extravaganza Continues!

There is so much tulip beauty in Yokohama that one post can't cover it all so here's the second post! This time I've separated the images by the day the picture was taken and what camera gear I used on that day.

April 3rd - Sigma Sd Quattro camera and Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC "Art" lens:

The tulips are everywhere.

When the sun light hits them from a certain angle they look like lanterns glowing in the evening.

White with a tinge of yellow - glorious!

Soft pastels - what would Claude Monet think of all this?

Color and luminance - it's all here.

By-the-way, I am thoroughly enjoying this camera and lens combination.

A fellow tulip enthusiast.

This is the greatest show on earth and as I said last week the park is open to the public - it's free!

This picture reminds me of the song "Softly As I Leave You"
Softly, I will leave you softly
For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go
So I leave you softly, long before you miss me
Long before your arms can beg me stay
-- Antonio De Vita / Hal Shaper

April 5th - Sony A7II camera and Voigtlander 50mm f2.0 Heliar Classic VM lens:

Another day, a different camera set up, a million tulips and counting - let's go!

An attention seeking tulip.

Yokohama park is truly amazing.

Trying to see things from a different angle.

Another tulip trying to standout on its own.

The Voigtlander 50mm f2.0 Heliar Classic VM lens is fantastic. I should use it more often than I do.

Taking a break, need a bite to eat. China Town is only a 5 minute walk away where there are plenty of street vendors selling all kinds of tasty things to eat.

Okay, back in the land of tulips.

This shot was taken in Minatonomieruoka Park on the other side of China Town. There are a lot of parks in Yokohama; this really is a wonderful city.

April 8th - Sony A7II camera and Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar LTM lens:

Wow, this is the first time for me to use the Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar LTM lens and it is really painting a beautiful picture for me.

There's more to looking at tulips than looking at tulips... there's people too!

Tulips playing in the sun and dancing with the wind.

This is unbelievable; I need to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.

The park attracts the best people.

This is a place where strangers act like friends and everyone has a smile on their face.

Not only is there a smile on everyone's face there is a camera in everyone's hand.

After leaving the park I passed by this fellow enjoying a smoke by the Ookagawa river. I thought it would make an interesting street portrait.

April 11th -  Sigma Sd Quattro  H camera and Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG lens:

People might think I'm strange for visiting this park so often, I'd think I was strange if I didn't.

Now I've got "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" playing in my head. It was inevitable.

There are also tulips planted along the avenue that leads to Yokohama park.

It rained early in the morning.

Some of the tulips have bowed to the force of mother nature.

They bow but they do not break.

Under the shade of the trees the ground is still wet.

It seems like the variety of tulips is limitless.

One pink tulip stands alone.

A couple of bonus shots taken on April 9th with the Sony A7II camera and Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f2.8 ZM lens:

Flowers make life better!

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More bonus shots!