Tonight is the Reveal the Path movie premiere tonight in Minneapolis. Click here if you want to find out more or see if there is a screening planned in your area already. I’m pretty darned excited about this. I know I’ll get to see many of my good friend this evening. I also got to participate in one of the legs of the journey documented in this film. I can’t wait to see the work of the talented folks who shot and edited the film. It is going to be fun to look and see just how their footage compared to some of mine. They are pros and I am very much an amateur. I learned so much watching them.
I am finally getting around to putting my thoughts and images together from my recent trip to Japan. Today I bring you some images from the Sanja Matsuri Festival held in Tokyo. Before I get into the images, I want to share a few bits of information about my trip and the images I will be sharing here on the Gnat blog. My recent trip to Japan was a work trip for Salsa Cycles, my place of employment. As such, the images I share here will mostly be about non bike experiences. In time, Salsa will be sharing the full story and bike related experiences.
Today, I share some images from the Sanja Matsuri Festival. On our last afternoon in Japan after all bike related obligations ended, our friend took us out walking around and shopping in Tokyo. We didn’t plan to go to the festival, but upon walking into and experiencing the festival, we just kept walking and following it. One thing I find interesting about the 2 festivals we happened upon in Japan is that, unlike US parades where folks stake out a viewing spot and go home after the last float goes by, the Japanese follow the festival parade to a destination that appears to end in a huge festival. Thousands and thousands of people on the streets walking and following. It was incredible.
The following 15 or so images were all taken with my Sony E Mount 50mm f1.8 mounted to my NEX 7. This lens is quickly becoming my favorite lens on the NEX 7. It is a bit long at roughly a 75mm equivalent on the NEX 7′s APSC sensor, but I love the look, the feel, the sharpness, and the depth of these images. I have processed them, to which I expect many of you won’t like, to give a vintage festival feel.
Hope you enjoy.
I feel so lucky that we walked into this festival experience. It was great to experience this first hand.
I spent much of yesterday at home filtering and editing pictures from Japan. Every single time I come back to my computer I find another image that piques my interest. This morning I bring you one of those. I did not see this one yesterday in my filtering process. Lesson learned. Sometimes you don’t see it right away. Give it time. Take another look when your mind is in a different state. You just might find something you weren’t looking for.
I am so cooked. I feel like this dead starfish I found on the beach near Saikai, Japan. I think the schedule has caught up with me. Thankfully I am at home today to rest, drink coffee, put my Fargo together and edit photos so I can post some Japan images and experiences. Gonna be a great day.
Have a great weekend folks.
image courtesy of http://www.dpreview.com
It seems that more and more everyday I am turning to the past to find inspiration and personal motivation. Right now I have an affinity for film cameras, old form factor and mid 1950′s road bikes. I don’t really know exactly why, but I think it is rooted in the form of the object and the focus on the actual needs and utility of the experience the products are intended. While I certainly don’t want to be trapped in the past, I do think looking back is important.
In the bike world, my desire right now is to build and restore an old European vintage bicycle. I will be posting next week about a bicycle museum I visited in Nagoya, Japan. This got me really excited as did some of the old parts I saw in some of the Japanese bike shops I visited.
In my other passion, photography, I am finding more appreciation for old cameras with external controls. Cameras with full external controls, shutter speed dials and aperture rings on lenses. The form factor makes the old cameras feel like tools as opposed to electronic devices like my new school Sony NEX 7.
These old tools really make me see what was, and is, important. For me, that is to focus on the experience itself. I need more of that in my life as opposed to getting caught up in the latest and greatest feature. Maybe it is just a desire for a bit more simplicity in my personal world. I am not sure right now. All I know is that these things are motivating me to make some changes and I am excited about how these thoughts are shaping my actions.
Since I have been out of the country for much of May, I have not been able to scan my April film photos. I shot two rolls of film in two different cameras. OK, 2 and half but the half roll of Kodak Ectar 100 is still in my Olympus 35RC. But, the news for the month of April is that I shot the following camera.
Yep, I tried out yet another film camera. This one was sent to me by friend Rob. I wanted to try it out before I passed it on to another owner. I loved this camera. It was a bit different as it is essentially a shutter speed priority rangefinder and I normally shoot aperture priority. However, I must say I quickly adjusted to it and loved it. I think this just might be the perfect rangefinder. Solid. Inexpensive. Good images. Exposure. Loved it. My only gripe was that the rangefinder patch used for focusing is very, very light and it was hard to focus in some circumstance. Given I only shot one roll of film though and the fact that I got the exposures correct and most shots dead on focus, it must not be that bad.
After I scanned the one roll of film, I almost didn’t post the images because none of them are really post worthy. However, this project is about learning and relearning so I’m going to post them anyway. The one thing I experimented with this past month was using the focus scale to try to get focus. When I was shooting my son swinging I had a very difficult time. I ended up just estimating where he was at the point I wanted to shoot him and set the focus to that distance. I missed it slightly, but it still gives me an image that is sufficient. Anyway, here are the pics.
Here a few shots taken with with the Olympus 35RC
I do like the last 4 images posted. These were taken with the Oly 35RC. I have shot this camera a bit more and have gotten a better handle on proper focusing. I also like the exposure and the feel of the images. Very, very pleased with the little Oly 35RC.
Even though I don’t love the images from Canonet, I am still very happy that I tried something new and actually have images on hand. I also found a camera I really like that i think is very, very capable. If you are interested in giving film and rangefinder cameras a try, the Canonet QL-17 is a fine, fine camera. I’ve seen them ranging from $50 to a few hundred depending on condition and color (Black ones are a bit rare and bit more expensive).
Well….My Japan photo dump took almost 7 hours yesterday. All day. Ouch! As I looked back through the images, one thing was clear. Bikes are a universal language. Bikes break down barriers. They get you where you need to go. They make you smile. They keep you healthy. Bikes rule!