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Photography / Zappa Photo

Posted in Art, Buddhism, Lemon Zen, Music, Photography, Who is Yoshizen, Zen, Zen in Action by yoshizen on December 9, 2009

” What a Hell,  Frank Zappa is doing in a  ZEN  blog ?

It was rather unexpected turn of the situation.

Since one of my great  friend artist, Wayne Chisnall mentioned this blog and me as a photographer in his

blog spot,  it became necessary to explain about my photography. (—–of strange kind  :-))

Frank Zappa and me on the live stage (Copyright reserved/ 2009/ Yoshi Imamura )

The photo above was taken by my hand made camera called Yoshi-handy,  with

17mm fish-eye lens attached on the 6 x 6 film format, hence it create whole circular image.

Yoshi-Handy Camera

(On this photo above, the lens attached was Nikon Fish-eye 16mm of which the Lens-hood was removed)

——As Zappa was so intrigued by this camera and its effect, he asked me to produce as

strange as possible photos.  —– And this is it.

When I was young, my interest was the nature. Close-up

photography was the essential tool and to do it I needed

to improvise or modify the equipments.—- If I got

to do, do it.   If I didn’t know how, learn it or try it.

If not successful try again and again.

The camera here left, the body was hack-sawed and

made the lens to tilt, enabling a focus from lens front

to infinity in one picture.—— When I modified EOS, the boss of R & D in the Canon asked me,

How I could make the camera working again ?   I answered ” If Canon can, I can do too, as

we are the same human being “.

Why not.    Ha ha ha   😀

( If you are the person who expected to see lots of photos—— Have a break, and see ” Zen in  Action”

It would be a fun ! )

Wayne’s Blog        < http://waynechisnall.blogspot.com >  or click / Associates / Wayne Chisnall

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  1. zencomix said, on December 9, 2009 at 15:45

    Fish-eye Zappa pic
    Keepin it greasy for ya
    Where is the poodle?

  2. thirtyfivemillimeter said, on April 23, 2010 at 10:26

    whoo rocking with that photo!

    Fisheyes give some really strange results at times 😀

  3. thirtyfivemillimeter said, on April 23, 2010 at 10:27

    Is that the tilt/shift attachment with the 8 stop movement i can see?

  4. thirtyfivemillimeter said, on April 23, 2010 at 10:28

    no its not. i didnt view it large 😀

  5. yoshizen said, on April 23, 2010 at 10:57

    Hand made camera, Yoshi-Handy has the front panel connected to the camera back
    by just 4 adjustable screws each corner. (I should have put its photo )
    So that, it can extend for close-up or can be tilted to any direction.
    Thanks to have no mechanical connection of the film wind-up to shutter charge,
    its prone to make double exposure 😀
    ( The details of the camera and other photos was in the Zoom magazine / 1978/
    Nov’Oct’ issue in English, other five languages’ issue—–I don’t remember—– it was
    my European debut)
    ———– I was young and it was spring. Ha ha ha 😀

  6. Martin Lofty said, on April 26, 2010 at 10:42

    Hi Yoshizen, .

    Thank-you very much, .

  7. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on March 5, 2012 at 02:15

    Ha ha! This is really fun! Yoshi-handy, huh? 🙂 Nice experiment! This is a great fish-eye shot!

    • yoshizen said, on March 5, 2012 at 03:24

      Glad you liked it. In deed it was an extreme fun.
      As Zappa was a notorious fun-loving person, he loved bizarre
      hand-made camera and its effect.
      He invited me on the live stage with total freedom = do anything I like.
      So that I had no hesitation standing on front of him or laying on the center of the stage.
      —– He came over me while keep singing. 😀

  8. URL said, on March 15, 2012 at 11:19

    quite good post, i surely genuinely like this remarkable internet site.

    • yoshizen said, on March 15, 2012 at 11:58

      Thank you very much for your support.
      I think, at least, everything in here are the results of DIY ( even a camera 😀 )
      You may not find this kind often in another sites.

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  11. Funny Practice « Yoshizen's Blog said, on January 12, 2013 at 01:26

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  15. Len hovis said, on September 8, 2016 at 08:46

    Hiya!
    Len here – love the zappa shot!
    Did you manage to get any on Saturday?
    Can’t find a ‘contact’ link, so just hitting you up on here – you said to let you know when next gig was – we’re playing at hootananny on Saturday Sept 17th if you about?

    • yoshizen said, on September 8, 2016 at 09:07

      Hi Len.
      The contact was —> About —> 😀 (befrore JP script starts)
      Anyway, you got the Photos and E’ml address.

  16. Cutting business | Yoshizen's Blog said, on November 28, 2016 at 16:08

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