OK, back on the blogging wagon after my year-end hiatus. These are just some pictures of Genbo and a friend of his eating banana bread batter at my house. I love their expressions. This is the first time they had ever had banana bread batter, having been doomed to grow up in a country of fermented bean paste, seaweed, and pickled plums ;)
And, a bonus, a rare shot of Zoe and me:
For obvious reasons I don’t appear very often on this blog. I’m the one taking the photos, for one thing, and who needs more pictures of middle-age guys with expanding guts and greying hair?
On my recent trip to see a sword-smith, however, my friend Jeffrey snapped a few photos of me, most of which were of me playing shakuhachi. Partially because I was just so honored to be shot by his new magnificent 300/2 lens, I’m including some of those photos here.
Me sending a clear signal to the cameraman I’m sure he deserved at the timefull exif
Here I am borrowing the 300/2 from Jeffrey to shoot some of the beautiful scenery around the area, but taking a break to text my lovely wife (Hi Maki!)
I have several new toys that are combined in this post. First, a new Voigtlander macro lens that I haven’t had much of a chance to experiment with. Second, a new piece of pottery from my friend Kamada-san (a bread and cheese platter). And, third, a piece of HDR software, Photomatix. It really isn’t suited much to this kind of shot, which doesn’t have such a high dynamic range anyway, but it does create a cool effect, I thought.
I am the proud new owner of a Voigtlander 125 2.5 APO-Lanthar, which is kissing-cousins to my old Zeiss 100/2 Planar Makro, except better. Better because it’s 125 mm instead of 100 (more reach), has native 1:1 macro capability, and is apochromatic and therefore corrects for chromatic and spherical aberations. OK, I’ve just lost 99% of my already-meager readership.
Anyway, I’ve been pleasantly busy with work lately, which means I haven’t been posting, but I just wanted to put up some quick shots with the new lens. These were taken over breakfast this morning. Tomorrow we’re headed for the States for three weeks, so I should be posting from there.