(Top photo was in fact a screen shot of the second photo. — Second =
original photo was taken by a homemade Mag Lens and the
screen shot was done by even fuzzier Gaudy Lens) 😀
Sow Bread (Cyclamen) was introduced to the Japan about 150
years ago. Botanist then, Saburo Okubo named it as a direct
translation of the English name Saw Bread to Buta-no-Manju !
(How beautiful ! ! !)
Most of us think, Cyclamen as a potted flower associated with
Christmas. — As a matter of fact, they are the best-selling plant
in the winter. So that, to find its flowers in a shady ground of a
public park was a rather surprise to me. (I have no knowledge or
a proper reference book to distinguish whether this one was a
wild one or just humble but a tough type for an outside garden.)
Biggest selling plant mean, it has a very competitive big market
= how to attract the customer, so to find a good sale’s point is a
serious business. So that, adding a nice smell to the normally
smell-less Cyclamen having a fierce battle. —– On the end a
Japanese scientist has succeeded to develop a nice smelled
variety by manipulating / tampering its chromosome. =
Made a cross bleed between C.persicum (2n=48) and the
C.pupurascens (2n=34) with scent, to (2n=41) then by the
use of Colchicine alkaloid from Saffron, made it to (2n=82).
(And further process by exposing to Ion-beam to change its
DNA to create nice color with nice smell.)
The whole process sound very complicated and awful.
Somebody, a kind of “Activists” may start a fuss, still others may
say it was not actually tampered the Gene but only the change of its
container (Chromosome) which technique has been used to creates
many Seedless fruits such as the seedless grape, water melon etc.
(When the number of chromosome set was changed to x2, x3 …
such irregularity obstructs the normal development of the seeds
= hence seedless fruits.)
Although, the plant can produce the fruits, its plant was fertile =
even a cross-pollination couldn’t produce next generation = no
possibility of its spread of an abnormality = safe to the Nature.
—– ? is it ?
(As a matter of the fact, our Nature has been bombarded by the
cosmic ray, nuclear particles etc. which is causing the damage /
change of the Gene.
(Which may have contributed to the evolution of many species.)
—– Even on the worst analogy, an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima,
must be caused millions of genetic mutations if not just burnt to
the death, didn’t create a single Super cockroach nor Giant man.
Genetic mutation might cause the abnormal development or
abnormal growth of the cell or organ (which was called Cancer)
if not die straight, but to have a chance to create any distinctive
new feature to the species is a rare rare occurrence.
To see what is natural and which is not, or how far we can go is a
very difficult question (unlike Activists are shouting) = may be
our useless ideological imagination (and a want of nice smell) is
creating more trouble. 😀
A plant Hop (Humulus lupuls) is a very peculiar plant, which
belong to a small family of Cannabaceae. From its family name,
you might have guessed, yes, Hop is a cousin of Cannabis. But
they two looks so different — How botanist found that they
were related ? ? ? And you might have heard that a stronger
kind of Cannabis, Skunk was created by a crossbreed with Hop.
(Though, it was unlikely the cross-pollination, nor grafting, so
some said even a genetic engineering — how it was done
was still in a mystery.)
But, in generall, Hop was only
associated with a beer.
As a matter of fact, me to see
this plant, it was only the third
time on my life.
First time was on a farm hedge
in the Hertford Shire.
Second time was in a fringe of
a park in the south London.
Then this time, it was a hedge of a
non assuming ordinary hose in south London. = It seems
she always appeared in the most unlikely place. (Of course,
as I didn’t go to see it “likely place” = Hop garden of Kent
or Hop yard of a west country.) — So, the question was,
how this plant or its seed came here ? And my biggest
question IS how Hop was added to a beer in the first place.
— Has people got a habit to chew it to fleshen the mouth ?
Then got an idea to put it into a drink ?
Otherwise, it was the most inventive / creative idea the
mankind got. (Though, I don’t drink beer.) 😀
(Those photos were taken by Tamron SP 90mm F2.5 on
I don’t remember why this lens was still here. This Olympus Lens
has been in the end of shelf many years. It was a Olympus Pen-F’s
standard lens though, Pen-F was a half frame camera (24×16) and its
flange-back was 28.95mm, the lens couldn’t have a focus other than
a macro use, I might have had a test of close-up photo on Canon 5D.
— The funny history of this lens was, on late 80s, one of my friend
photographer who wanted to experiment, “To get a rough-grain soft
image, using a Push development on a Cross-process” = In order to get
rough Grain, he wanted to use even smaller original = hence Half-size.
—– So, he asked me to make an adapter to use Nikon Lens on a
Pen-F body. = I made it out of Nikon close-up ring and a Pen-F
mount from this 38mm lens = So that, this lens lost bottom mount.
= in normal sense, it is an utterly useless junk
—– though, while Googling the Net, I found the people using Pen-F
lens on the Full-frame Sony camera ! (Unlike the lenses for the
Cropped size senser DSLR camera, those Olympus Lenses has
been designed to keep the full-frame image circle !)
To modify this lens for a Sony E-mount camera, I found a M-39
Leica lens to E-mount adapter has the almost a right size.
So, I screwed M-39 ring to the back of Pen-F lens (+ some
adjustment for infinity focus) = = = Voila, Pen-F lens on A7R.
The test shot on general
distance was usable but
(The lens might have
sold as a spre parts =
Still, Close-up photo
was pretty good.
(Photo below, middle)
Though, there isn’t much soft texture (It may be because
the Sony A7R camera or its image process.) (Photo right)
Olympus Pen-F Lens is very small, (In comparison to such as
Nikon lens + adapter on Sony) pretty nice match to the A7R,
so that, I’m very interested in to find their Wide-angle lens.
On the 100 years old lens,
an instruction was given,
“On a dull day, use a tripod
with the “B” setting and
give 3/4 second push.
—– What ? ? ? In 100 years
ago, could a user of camera
give 3/4 second push to
camera’s shutter ?
—– Well, my guess was, that the camera user then must have
practiced a lot for the precise push of the shutter lever.
The English tradition was, to count the second while saying
One Monkey, Two Monkey, Three Monkey ~ ~ ~ ~ ! Therefore,
only say “One Mo” would be half second and “One Monk” would
be 3/4 second ! (Really ? You must be kidding ) 😀
But I’m not sure whether a French photographer ever did
“Un Monkey, Due Monkey ~ ~ ? equivalent Japanese practice
said to be, say “Obaaachan” (Granny) for one second and
“Obachan” (Aunty) for half second. (— Count many second by
repeating “Obaaachan” while counting on fingers.)
— Try Count One Monkey ~ ~ ~ Ten Monkey while watching a
watch and get the rhythm. (One day, you may need it. :-D )
Well, even if you were a keen photographer and have an interest to
the old cameras, you may not know the Cameras with red bellows.
They were 100 (110) years old Kodak Pocket folding cameras.
(I got two of them though they are in a box, bottom of the pile of
50 boxes = I’ll show you a photo one day.) — I bought just a lens in
a junk box of George’s Camerafare shop in the Portobello Market.
When the camera mean big wooden camera, Kodak started to sell
“Pocketable” folding cameras for the consumers. (Be prepared,
the size of a pocket then could take even today’s laptop. :-D )
We may guess, it was a situation like teaching the people to have a selfy
and send it through Net phone. The Kodak preloaded the teaching App
on the camera body = all the instruction were written there. =Such as :
Use 1/100 for Moving Objects or Gray day, Use Tripod and with
B setting for 1/2 second ! ETC. ETC. (Shutter was triggered either
by pressing a lever or using an Air pump ! ) In fact I was rather
impressed to see the quality of the manufacturing standard =
after 100 years, they are still working ! )
The camera was made by Eastman Kodak Rochester USA though,
the Lens was made by Bausch & Romb Optical Co. Rochester, USA
(once before, Sunglass, Ray-Ban was a part of this company)
of which they call, Rapid Rectilinear lens.
( though, it only meant, no distortion)
The second photo above center shows the lenses = front and rear
element seems to be identical (both showed the same focusing length
= symmetrical design) And each lens seems to be a single lens.
Mounting the lens on a bellows to have a test shot = seems not bad !
Thanks to the bellows extension — have look a close-up.
Then to see the So-called Softness on the same test bench.
It seems this lens showed no Zeiss kind of softness.
(The photo left was taken by Sony A7R —– to be fair, I did the same
shot on the Canon 5D Mk3 as before (right) —– in comparison,
Sony showed much higher crispness and Canon seems softer) —–
Still, this matter needs more critical test to find the reason.
Much more serious question over this old Lens IS, = No focal length was found
still, the extension of the bellows showed it is 175mm. Even though the front
plate was saying F4, the diameter of the lens IS 24mm = F-aperture should
be F7.3 but from a measuring of the exposure indicates this lens got a
brightness of only F10. —– It is quite puzzling.
= To see the old lens is fun in deed, still it is not necessary a
gold mine to find any nostalgic image !
(Unless, use a homemade emulsion on a glass plate together) 😀
Such as like a photo of dried Rose by A7R — this sharpness might be
created by the digital process in the camera, not an original optical image.)
Situated in a bit west of London, Portobello is a peculiar place.
Because of their fundamental poorman’s mentality, (in comparison to
the French, Spanish, Austria-Hungarian Empire, untill a victory
over the battle of Trafalgar, (and took over the dominance on the sea)
the England was a poor country) the English tend to keep junk
= try avoiding to buy new one and spend the money for drink.
Then, when they die, house cleaner emptied the hose and sold off all
those junks. Junks came to a sunday market kind, such as Brick Lane,
Bermondsey market etc and bought by an antic dealer and the object
end up Portobello market. ( = A rubbish sold at Brick Lane £5 goes to
a dealer for £10, then bought by an antic dealer of Portobello for £20
and sold to a tourist for £50 as a collectables = everybody made a profit,
and happy = life goes on !)
Though, thanks to a TV program such as the “Antic Road Show” and
people can find the information in the Net then selling it in eBay.
So that, good salable item has disappeared from the market. And
these days, what was sold in the market were fakes, copied items,
just fancy, strange designed goods (from China, India, Africa etc).
So, the shops were filled with fancy room decorations.
And I found a shop selling the hand painted = customized shoes.
Strangely, Portobello has only two camera dealers. (as far as I know
since 70s = one in Admiral Vernon Arcade and the other open stall.)
The dealer used to be in the arcade was my friend Brian.
And after he retired about 10 years ago, George took over the position.
On the 80s, when Japanese got a boom collecting antic cameras, in fact
it was staged by an antic shop “Soul Trip” who started to sell thousand
of old cameras along side the many magazine articles campaign.
And the supplier of those cameras from England was, the man in
Portobello, Brian. Old camera boom in Japan made both
Soul Trip (Mr Segawa) and Brian rich.
The man running the antic camera shop now, George is dealing with
much humble items / junk — still unmistakably it is an Aladdin’s cave.
(simply because, the good collectables has been already sold and not
much left circulating on the market.)
In old days, I bought many old cameras from Brian (include modified
Robot camera using Leiz 50mm F1.5) and I translated the Japanese
article about the first SLR with penta prism = Duflex for him.
(I’m going to write about a 100 years old lens I found in this shop.)
When you see the open stalls selling food, vegetable started to appear,
it is the end of So-called Portobello market. (further down the street,
you may find the open stalls selling the junk from the daily life.
Cups and pan sort, even a lady’s underwear.
Is it anything to do with IS terrorists, the polis is taking rather hi-profile.
And this must be The John-Bull. How shiny ! 😀
(Except only one Canon Fisheye, lest of all other photos were taken by
a homemade Mag Lens on Sony A7R.)
As you can see from the following photo, this lens came from a Kodak
fun camera. Originally, the lens was mounted on the F8(?) sized hole
on the camera body though I used this plastic lens with fully opened
condition. (Hence more halation and the aberrations which I want !)
Even Fun lens needs to be mounted in the precise position. 😀
Basically as a omunifocus lens, it’s creates a kind of certain image
in any distance = in other words, no fun on the Bokhe !
Still the matter is, where to use it.
Now I got quite few homemade lenses = call them just a fun camera
lens would be confusing, which one ? — I should call them in their
individual name. So, the lens here happen to be originated from a
SLR’s view finder magnifier, I name it Mag Lens.
Unlike the other Fun camera lens which is often omunifocus, this
lens has one focal point, its mean needs to be focused by means of
helicoid or a sort. And I found a zooming helicoid of a Nikon
compact camera will do the job. So, I hack-saw out the
helicoid part of the camera from its body frame. (Photo above)
With a test of the lens, I found the lens needs to be mounted 40mm
from the image sensor. Then, I struggled to mount the helicoid to a
body cap, and to mount the lens into the helicoid. (The photo above,
middle shows how the position of the fixing screw was marked
on the cap. :-) )
With a good extension of the helicoid, the lens can give a focus from
the infinity to the x1 macro. Though, this lens found to have the
biggest halation among all of my homemade lens. 😀
Since the lens was originally a magnifying lens, the quality of the
macro image was quite good.
(Lens itself was F2.5 —> If I put an iris 5mm = F8, image would be
And, it has a fade and dissolve like beautiful out of focus Bokhe !
With its shallow depth of field, a face on the card changes a lot.
This lens was a hit.
Among my creation hence the possessions, the most bizarre item
must be my Disco Pants. — It was a BR rail worker’s hi-vis uniform.
But, because its size was too big for me, I’ve cut the length and used
that cut-off to make the back pockets. = So, the pants was customized
to a flashy Disco Pants with x5 blue LEDs running light on the thigh
and slow on-off pink and red LEDs on the back pocket.
To make the pocket, I designed it like a stuffed relief of a nude torso.
In fact, such design was an excuse to put the LEDs. As the figure
was made upside down, it was a puzzle to comprehend what it was.
= all for the fun on the club night. (If it was ordinary geometric
pattern kind, it would be too boring = nothing fun and the others
wouldn’t notice it at all.)
On that time I was an almost the fixture of the club called Fridge in
Brixton. — Good (or bad ?) grown-up in a club, it’s better to have a
fun, and gone to be crazy. (Anyway, it sound everything crazy =
I was the top dancer there, receiving free entry and the free drinks
— still, never drink alcohol, not mention any drug. Never mix with
cloud still keep talking with all the staffs, manager, owner. = So that
the cloud mistook me a special security kind or even a real owner /
financier behind. 😀 )
To make the pockets, the material was the cut-off of the leg’s end
and the thread was the thread which I de-threaded from the cut-off.
(This story, use old thread horrified the professional machinists !)
Because, it’s there and the easiest to use — though it needed to pull
out from the cloth. —– So, the supply of the thread was limited.
On the end, I had to save the thread = no return stitch. = You can
see from the photo above. :-D
Without draw the line on the cloth, stitching was made direct on the
cloth while deciding the shape. = I think, the result wasn’t too bad.
(but I wouldn’t say the stitch work was anything near to perfect).
You might say, what an effort, and a waste of the time, just for fun ? !
But, I would only answer, why not. And I’d ask back, spending the
same length of time, what can you do something worthwhile and fun,
on yesterday or whole of your life. ? —– soon you may realize
that what you been doing was just follow the situation to survive.
Was that only the life what you can have ? Open your eyes !
What preventing you to be free was your small pretense to be a
“Respectable decent man” — can you ? —– Really ?
(Though, I wouldn’t guaranty you to get a free entry even if you get crazy. )
Coming to the time hard to thread the sawing needle, I became
aware what I learned from my mother when I was young.
My mother used to make the Kimonos herself. Often using very
rare expensive silk such as Oshima-tsumugi. You may feel strange
though, I was sitting and watching her work and when she needed
I thread the needle for her. Make Kimono is of course done by the
hand stitching. (Even now, all the Japanese Kimono was made by hand
= a kind of tourists souvenir, Happi Kimono may be made by a sawing
machine (in China) but Japanese doesn’t see them are Kimono at all.)
—– Sawing, hand stitching is nothing but an utterly laborious work.
And virtually all the sawing in the Kimono-making is straight line.
Only the exception sometime is the end of Tamoto in Furisode Kimono
(= long sagged down sleeves). Its mean, no innovative variation or
inventive shortcut kind could ever exist = just keep stitching straight.
= If it was not straight, the fabric distort, so it looks funny and make a
person wearing feel ashamed. So,to a Kimono-maker or needle woman
to become able to do an adequate stitch, it may need to make at least
10 Kimonos for a practice. (if it was an expensive silk, de-thread and
remake again — very fine needle will not damage the fablic.)
In the all the traditional crafts or art kind, how the novice to learn is
by way of watching and mimic = to copy what the master does.
Not mention the stitching work, which is push the needle, front to the
back and to the front again ~ ~ ~, mimicking and copy is nothing but
the repeating the same action again and again.
= IS to program the pattern into the brain. = (When the pattern was
imprinted in the brain, the action, include the speech become
automatic = automatic mean “No self”) When the level of learning =
copying deepen to such automatic level, it’s standard or the quality
reaches to the perfection. Because the body moves like a precise
machine without the interference of useless thought or emotion.
In this level, there couldn’t be any Ego = no emotion or high-level
thought. — so, you might wonder, what IS the motivation to do it ?
“Motivation ? What’s the Motivation ?”
— When the task is on front = there wouldn’t be any choice but to DO.
(This situation has been misunderstood as the “Concentration” or
so-called “Mindfulness”.😀 )
And, is the task really there ? How DO I know when myself is not there =
nor any mind, observing it. (The people who mistook that the Zen
is a matter of awareness = A way of different thinking, couldn’t
emancipates this trap of thinking therefore couldn’t be escaped from
this dichotomy = “Observing vs Observed Self” — When the SELF is
not there, WHO is observing or aware of it ?) = It’s mean, as long as
a notion of Zen is there (or you think, you are doing a Zen),
it is not Zen at all. Zen is being in no-mind = Mushin.
This is the situation WHAT the Buddhists call VOID.
— Which I’ve learned from the stitching work when my conscious
was absorbed into the moving needle.
= Effectively my mother taught me the most crucial essence of Zen
without saying even a single word of Zen or Buddhism.(Of course,there
was no word of Zen or even a name of Buddhism exists on the time of
Lord Buddha. He only showed the way to DO and what he told was the
jokes, then took a rest while sitting quiet. When the teachings were
“Selfless” it couldn’t be taught using the word “Self” as it’s not exists.
So, he only showed the way to DO without SELF.)
The people who was not there and only heard about had mistaken that
the sitting (and assumed to be thinking) was the matter.
Then all the misconception and the nix-up were bore out from here.
( — Sitting was just having a rest).
So, you were trapped here. Are you watching the stitches, or
something encircled by the stitches ?
Oh, naughty you, what are you thinking. It’s just a cloth and the
stitches, still it’s better to be a naughty as we can have a laugh.
Ha ha ha 😀