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Andreas Gursky Exhibition


I went an ongoing exhibition of Andreas Gursky in Hayward Gallery with my friend’s family.


The 16 months boy said to have started to walk this week.


For the boy,  it was the first experience to be in a huge space and a slippery floor.  And he seemed to be very much fond of that and enjoying.


Gursky’s huge prints are amazingly sharp and detailed —– I was wondered what size of camera he had used ?  —– Then as I discovered that they were composed from many photos etc, I lost interest.   I rather like to see such work from graphic designers.

 Photo above said to be a landscape of Tokyo though, houses standing next by next without hedges nor the gaps.  Of course, no such place could exists. (Think, how people can access to their door ? — Where is the street ?) = It’s mean, the houses in this photo were stitched-up one by one leaving no gap ! = This IS an utter fake.  Not only that, if his image of Tokyo in its “Reality” was like this, I have to doubt his intelligence. —– You can find the lords of straight photos of Tokyo in the Net, not mention National Geographic kind.   😀


Photography is the art of “I’ve seen it and I captured” —– The primary existence is the subject. Once we started to make-up and project our own image, its became a business of the designer or even a painter, not of a Photographer.


It seemed that Gursky’s interest were immense pile-up or swarms of the subjects, hence putting together and repeating many images, were natural approach though it was the commercial graphic designer’s approach.  Impress and overwhelm the others with “immense amount” were noting but a cheap trick, easy exploitation of the digital editing.




It was the snow outside.   (The Photos here were taken by either Canon fish-eye zoom 8~15mm or homemade Helicoid-B lens on Sony A7R.)

PS :  Next day I read the booklet of the exhibition and realized that Gursky applied all those stitch work / digital manipulation for the “sake of reality” and later, he wanted to have painterly effect blah blah (by taking picture of the Turner’s paintings   :-D) ….. though, very simple answer to him was that his image was not pretty,  but just messy = does anybody want to have his photo on your wall, other than a sake of snob ?   😀

To compose the image, Approach from the pattern is easy, because it can be done in logical thinking.   But esthetic beauty only come from the deep intuitive sense.  So, its easy to see why Gursky resorted with those pattern or repeating expansion in mass.  But it IS not the art, but an industrial production.   ( Or was that cynical Modern Art ?)



Canberwell Cherry by Other Lenses


You may think, the camera was rotated but this swirly bokeh was the lens’ own aberration.


Those two were by Helicoid-B lens 



And those two were by G9 lens



Those photos above were by G10 lens


What I don’t like about this camera was, its AWB (White Balance) changes frame to frame.


And those two were by SZ lens

—– The hardest part in those photography was, to sort the photos without mix-up, not mention the trouble to capture them while holding the camera high above the head and shoot by guess-work. (You know, the Photography is a hard work)   😀  


Camberwell Cherry by NZ Lens


NZWhile passing through by bus, I noticed that a Cherry tree in a corner of the Green was in full bloom.  So, I went back there with my camera together with some homemade lenses. 


(In this photo the red cast seemed to be created by the camera’s image processor — may be non genuine lens may not work well with this camera (Sony A7R)

Cherry itself seemed to be a primitive wild cherry, we called Yama-zakura (Mountain Cherry) in Japan, not the well cultivated Kan-zakura (Winter Cherry), nevertheless Cherry flower is the Cherry flower. (May be from the mountain standard, the climate in the town was warm enough to open their flowers.)


(The photo above left was the other tree nearby — this one seems a Plum flower)

The photos in here were taken by the lens called (or, I named) NZ lens.  It was a Nikon Zoom lens which I utilized its front element, and made it as an individual lens. (Works as a 90 mm F1.6 and able to focus down to 45 cm)  Its macro quality was not too bad though, it got a strong aberration and together with its “Fully open” F1.6 aperture (Think, 90 mm F1.6 is pretty big), it’s creates “Fantastic” fuzzy images like those top photos.  They were shot while using 10 mm extension ring.  And this fuzziness IS very unusual = it looks like a halo in the highlight which spread around still, the details and the contrast in highlight was maintained. = I never seen the image like this.   (If you agree with it.  😀 )  



I found a blog post showing the photos from the Origami exhibition of ICOA (International Collegiate Origami Association) = Those Origami exhibits were created by the Uni’ students, the members of each Origami club.   I show you one of a jaw dropping work, may be a typical Japanese Art of dedication which said to have 4~5 years of preparation and 3 weeks to make.  You believe or not, this figure of Hi-school girl was made by just a single square blue paper which got white back, without a use of scissors. 

Origami-5-001If you can’t believe, try make the same, following the draft / pattern here by yourself. (The same one would be made but, be prepared to spend few weeks of intense work) —– may be better start with simpler practice —> you may find a lots of Youtube instruction by Googling “Origami”. = I saw some of them but soon gave up.   😀


The original blog ( you need to read Japanese though the photos of those Origami works are worth visiting) :nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1708/16/news095.html#l hoico 170816jkori02.jpg

In there you may find the ICOA info’ as well. (or, you can Google in English)

They ARE in deed the work of incredible concentration and the dedication —– might be something common with other Japanese craft though, I couldn’t figure out how the creator could foresee / plan the process = (to see the “would be shape” beforehand —

Or lots of try and error ? — then the pattern of outcome would be accumulated (so-called experience) then, further advanced variation could be tried out — and so on, —– Or, is it the same to see the effect 10, 100 moves ahead on the Go, Chess, Shorgi game ?  And the same to forecast the effects of economical / financial move ?  (They ARE all follow the rational logic = to forecast the result may be the matter of the accumulated patterns = memory power / intelligence —– is it ? 


Lens Comparison (2)

Z-18mmThis photo — by the Zeiss 18mm F3.5 on Nikon D850 / ISO 800, 250th Sec —– (All the photos in this post were cropped only in its hight, and the width were kept as its original to show the relative angle of view of each lens —– for example, after the widest 18mm, next wide image was shown here by the Fun lens, which was originally an one-time use panorama camera and the viewing angle was the 35mm equivalent of 27mm lens.)

Seeing the same old sky, I took the picture of the same, with many different lenses —– and made more or less the same images.  😀


Still, they are only a half of my homemade lens stocks.  (It’s annoyed myself a bit) 😀

Helic-BThe first of this operation was, the Helicoid (B) with a setting of ISO100, 650th Sec —– since this lens has the brightness about fully open F2.2,and 2.2 only = no iris = needed to use lower ISO.

FunBy the so-called Fun Lens / ISO 100, 15th

Helic-ABy the Helicoid (A) / ISO 100, 320th

G9By the G9 lens / ISO 100, 1250th

DD-PinBy the Double Density Pinhole / ISO 6400, 250th

G10By the G10 lens / ISO 50, 640th

MagBy the Mag lens / ISO 50, 650th

Son-30mmBy the Sony 30mm F3.5 / ISO 50, 500th —– I can not stop thinking, what this “sharper” image can give us, more than the other fuzzy images ?

SZ-55mmBy the Sony/Zeiss 55mm F1.8 / ISO 50, 2000th (It seems something wrong with this lens’ focus = even with manual setting, the lens moves away when the shutter was pressed = may be that’s why it was offered so cheap. (and lots of them in the Ebay)   😀 

Koda-Red100 years old Kodak lens (equivalent of 175mm F10 / ISO 400, 500th —– as a 175mm telephoto lens, the image was quite good, especially considering that the lens consists only symmetric 2 glasses, that’s all ! )

Koda-FunBy the Koda-Fun lens / ISO 50, 4000th

SZoomBy the SZ lens / ISO 50, 1250th

OmuniBy the so-called Omuni (focus)lens / ISO 50, 1250th

More or less the same fuzzy images though, still got each character.  It’s not too bad to play with those lenses.  (Anyhow, they didn’t cost me much — still gave me a lots of fun)




What on Photography


Although it was a bit cropped, still this was a quite wide-angle view (18mm) of a morning sky, and this was more or less the view what we are actually seeing = in other words, this IS a faithful representation of the view = and that was what we expect to a photo.  —– So, the Photo IS a COPY of the subject, therefore if the subject wasn’t there in the first place, the Photo couldn’t exist neither.  And may be because of that, the Photo competition prohibit the Photoshopped photo.   Photo has to stay as a faithful secondary image of the subject.


And this is the image of the same sky, taken by the other camera at about the same moment of the photo on top.

So, this is a tricky situation. This photo above may be seen to be an illegal image using a ready-made digital effect, so-called “Filter” such as in a smart phone.


But this is the natural character of the lens.  From the common sense, this images may not to be regarded a Photo still, this IS the image, straight out of the photographic device / camera.  (Downsized to 1200x*** and collaged by Picasa in my XP laptop)



They were the images out of Sony A7R with so-called Helicoid (B) lens. —– If the photography was a mean to express oneself, those photos may have my feeling which evokes much deeper into your subconscious.  And they were not by the ready-made effect but only one of the kind in the world. (Whether you like it or not.)   😀


Helicoid Lens (B)


Helicoid Lens (B) is a sister of (A).  Both came from the same Sony Zoom lens and I’m using the same size helicoid which I got from China.


So, this 18~200 Zoom lens became the SZ lens and the Helicoid A and B.  Well done.

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Lens was tested while temporally fixed on the camera using plastic pate, such as whether the lens should be used reversed or not, and with smaller Iris etc. (Photo middle) In order to adjust the infinity, lens was fixed on a M42 to M39 adaptor ring on the M42 to AI (Nikon) mount adaptor. —– after the infinity point was found, the position was fixed with super-glue. (Photo right)


It seems this lens was an aspherical as the funny shaped reflection on the surface suggests. (Photo left)  This helicoid extends from 17mm to 32mm and the Lens which got about 35mm focal length can focus from infinity to 15cm close-up.  And the calculation from the exposure reading, the brightness seemed to be F2.2.


Though, this lens is having very strong aberration. ( Astigmatism ?) —– same as the Lens (A), the center wasn’t too bad but image quality was one of the worst = which I appreciate a lots.  😀     (It’s so rare to find this kind of image in the photography because, nobody design the lens like this for sale.)


(Photo here above, Left was the (B) lens in its finished looks — looks cool isn’t it ?   😀  And the right showed the Lens’ closest view, which showed its softness for comparison.)

For impressionistic fuzzy image, the poorer the lens quality, the image looks more interesting. (I think / and that was where Pinhole Photography stands) —– strangely, the close up image was rather sharp. (I mean its center was) (Photo right)  —– Whatsoever, I’m quite happy with its outcome.   😀


Piece of Art

I’ve just received a mail, large air-bubbled envelope.  And I discovered a content, a piece of Art which could have been packaged in a heavy wooden crate.

Art-top5It’s from a daughter of my friend, who started a fine art study, whom I gave a pinhole photo device. —– As a return of a 0.2 mm void on a beer-can panel, she made pretty unique image of a master piece for me.  (It’s a proof of that, a 0.2 mm void could have a trade value for could be a priceless master piece though, don’t take it for a precedence, it may not work for your case.)   😀   (A void created by a Zen master could have a significance, comparable to the whole universe.)   Believe me.   Ha ha ha.  😀


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Morning SKY – 18

N_SKY(1)-DSC_0357Took on 18-01-2018/02:41   (This photo got funny reflection of the room)

England was having only +9° weather and severe gale force wind, nevertheless the life goes on and as usual, still, a morning is keep coming.

N_SKY(2)-DSC_0358/6:45 (ISO 800, 2 sec)

Looking out the window, I noticed rather fancy sky.   (Except the last photo, all the pictures here were taken by a Nikon mount Zeiss 18 mm lens / on AV mode)

N_SKY(3)-DSC_0359/6:47 (ISO 800, 2 sec)

On front of my eyes, the Sky changes minutes by minutes.

N_SKY(4)-DSC_0360/6:49 (ISO 200, 6 sec) —– When those 6sec exposure occurred, the camera was hand-held, while the top of the lens was pushed against the window glass.  😀

N_SKY(5)-DSC_0361/6:54 (ISO 200, 6 sec)  (Notwithstanding its hand-held 6 second, the picture was surprisingly good. —– don’t you agree ?)

N_SKY(6)-DSC_0363/6:56 (ISO 200, 6 sec)

N_SKY(7)-DSC_0364/06:59 (ISO 800, 1.3 sec)

N_SKY(8)-DSC_0365/07:01(ISO 800, 1 sec)  (The light in the each picture was a different aircraft —– so many of them flying)

N_SKY(9)-DSC_0366/07:09 (ISO 800, 1/3 sec)

N_SKY(10)-DSC_0368/07:32 (ISO 200, 1/20th sec)

N_SKY(11)-DSC_0372/08:04 (ISO 100, 250th)

N_SKY(12)-DSC_0374/08:33 (ISO 100, 640th)

At last, the sun came out.

N_SKY(13)-DSC_0375/08:36 (ISO 100, 80th)


(Only this picture was taken by a homemade G9 lens on Nikon D850.)

 —– Related Post / “Morning Sky” / “Paint the Morning Sky


Omuni-focus Lens

Omni lens(3)-003About a month ago, I talked about Halina camera and its lens. —– A story how I made its lens to use on the Sony A7R camera and showed its sample photos.

Omni lens(2)While checking those homemade lenses, I found that the said Halina lens could, (with an additional diverging lens on front, as its focal length become longer) be used with a thicker Nikon body.  So, I further modified to add a diverging lens and mounted them on a 42M (Pentax screw) to Ai (Nikon) mount adapter. = Here I got Omuni-focus lens for Nikon DSLR. (And this work was somewhat related to the other lens)

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I know, this situation is having a silly contradiction.  Why 47.5 MP Hi-Res camera need such low-Res images ? —– Omuni-focus mean, nowhere having a “Distinctive OUT of FOCUS (Bokhe) image” in the same time, no “Clearly Focused image” either.  = Just rotten images spread from top to bottom. ( More like a pinhole photo ! )   

A_Omni lens(4)-006Yet still, those photos above, both far and close subjects, it is a rather remarkable phenomenon, such a cheap plastic lens can make (a kind of) usable image in any distance, without focusing, without using smaller F-aperture.    (BYW, the last dried rose was taken with an additional close-up ring) = Omuni-focus is not necessary an almighty.)

A_Omni lens(5)-007And those comparison photos were for academic interest.  Left was by this Omuni-focus lens, and the right was in deed, a pinhole photo image !

Now, my point must be clear, not necessary only decent sharp image could be a good photo.  (Though, I’m not implying my fuzzy image here IS a good photo.  😀

Omuni—– May be not a good photo still, I found that those fuzzy images appeal to our deeper psychology. —– I had distant memories in my subconscious, I might have seen this long long time ago —– may be even on my previous life ? ? ? ) 


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