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Is this ZEN or nuts. (2)

I’ve put this picture before though, this IS too iconic and deserve to have its own post.

Young man who reached to his adulthood this year showing off who he is on the local ceremony event where he may see his old mates of junior school etc.

You may think, that was his display of his EGO, but you were wrong. Think, if he got ordinary mind of ordinary citizen, or common EGO such as the collective unconscious, do you think can he do the public display like that ?

Too often, this was the case that the other people misunderstood the Japanese mentality. = It was not a matter of EGO but, he was just playing the role without his own SELF. And he might have taken the role without having any order or others suggestion. = it might come like a revelation = Oh’ I got it, I’ll do.

So, a Chameleon pearched on his head. = pretty impressive !

Thousands of the people took the role to volunteer the rescue work after the disaster in such a way. —– In the same way, often the people take their work / job to became a man of “research” or a man of “the convenient store” what so ever. And that was the reason why others hear the story of “How the researcher dedicated his life to discover or develop the scientific something.”

And here again, it was not a kind of the intended dedication. But, he just took the role, since there was nothing else in sight = so, he was just doing the subject on front of him. This mental process was in fact the mechanism of the ZEN of which the key word was No-SELF. Since No-SELF = there couldn’t be any intension. = Just do it !

The matter of whether this person doing IS ZEN or not, rely on if he can be selfless when he deals with other than his Chameleon.

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Pla (B) Lens

Pla Lens (A) was somewhat a kind of flop in my try. —– Then, Zen wouldn’t give up. 😀 Why not to try with a different lens. Anyway, the luck is in a chance encounter (with a suitable character lens)

A lens I found was a single meniscus glass lens which can make the image like this photo —– of course, this lens could be mounted in the centre of much lager lens though, such large lens tend to have rather longer focal length etc etc. So, I decided to make a hole in the centre of this lens and put other one-time use camera lens in that hole. It took only 5 min’ when I made a hole in that plastic magnifier lens, but this time I had to drill a hole into a hard glass lens. If I push too hard, the glass will chip or worse clack altogether. = slow slowly work took half day.

The one-time use camera lens was pretty small. (I used only front lens ) Which makes the image like this. ( = unlike you expected, the centre lens produce the bokeh, and peripheral lens would creates detailed image. )

So, the concentric double lens was mounted on the camera = AND suprisingly, the image came out was rather normal. = the image was just fuzzy mediocre lens kind. (The size of centre lens was 6mm, Outer lens was 14mm which has 4.4 times larger area = in exposure level, the effect of 6mm lens was too small = negligible) (Yet still, the fuzziness wasn’t too bad even though it was far less than what I expected)

I need to get better subject —– image was somewhat similar to the Godo lens.

The fuzzy lens suite for the flower photo. Nobody complain. 😀

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LED ring light + 8150 Story

While looking around the Ebay, I noticed that the Chinese LED Ring Light is very cheap now = could be even cheaper than a homemade.

So, I bought one 24W-Variable, 5500K, 20cm Ring Light for £12 ! —– it came with a mounting fixture still not perfect for a photographic lighting. —– for photo-light, it needs to be mounted on the many kind of lighting stand etc, in order to have a freedom of the positioning and lighting angle. = A sort of good compromise was a Z-light arm on a flexible lighting stand, which may allow the position poised setting under one hand adjustment.

With this idea, I have collected quite few Z-light components etc, etc — then I realised that, to build a Z-arm, balancing springs are the most troublesome components I need to get hold (but who supply them etc )

And, I was convinced that instead of struggling building Z-light myself, why not to buy a readymade LED light with Z-arm = when such light comes as cheap as £18 !

So, I ordered and waited the item delivered. Then, I received a delivery notice of Tracking Code GV085180518GB, which said that the parcel was dropped off : 28-Dec 14:04 GMT. —– But, very parcel was seen nowhere.

—– As I knew the tracking number was completely that omen of 8150, I thought it could show the big trouble. (The parcel was not dropped to the neighbour either and no notice was left) So, where has it gone ? Was that one stolen ?

So the enquiry to the Royal Mail — etc etc. — ? ? ?

Then it was delivered on Monday by a Chinese Post woman.

Now the system of main light and the Aux / Ring light on Z-light arm were complete.

On this 8150 case turned out to be not necessary so bad for the New Year 2020. But the question was, ——— Why the Omen Number 8150 which can be read for Ha-I-Go-Rei in Japanese (mean the Spirit Behind = Guardian Angel, keep following me ?) Leave me alone. (Or, the heaven is giving me the sign = that I have to fulfill my role ?)

Then the twist came 4 weeks later = The LED ring light on Z-light arm which I bought for £18 from China brake down. (Can be modified or cannibalised to use only its LED ring-light and the Z-light arm) Seemingly, as it was chiep, the quality was just accordingly. —– Same as the Korean, Chinese might have thought that if they copy Japanese product using the same production machine and the component fron Japan, they can make the same though —– they don’t know the “Now-how” = how to use that machine. = Quality and the reliability couldn’t be copied. (That’s why I only buy small mechanical components, such as adapter ring from China)

And the heaven might know this situation long before, and that’s why the tracking number (085180518) appear to be that’s “8150” omen number = so, the product has come with a warning.

Then, the following story was funnyier. I try to get hold the said broken switching unit (asking the seller to replace the parts and try to contact the manufucturer of the switching unit —– without success ) Then, I realised that apparently the same ring light (with the same switching unit but without the magnifier lens nor Z-light arm ) was on the market for as cheap as £6.70, which could be even cheaper than the cost to get hold the electronic circuit from the manufacturer. = So, I ordered the two of them. (One to replace the broken switching unit and the other to use on my homemade ring light) = Now, my LED ring light on the Z-light arm is in a working order.

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Kaki aka Persimmon fruits

There must be hundred of festive cooking and the food still, a fruits associated with Japanese New Year for me is the Kaki = known to the west as Persimmon. Tree itself is quite commom in Japan therefore to the kids grown up with the experience of picking the Kaki fruits from the tree was rather common, much more than a case of fig or peach.

Something unique to the Kaki is, there is a fun or game factor in the Kaki eating game to the kids. The fruits of some tree is very bitter and if it was too early, the fruits was also very bitter. = needs to know exactry which one is good on that moment. In the same time, there is the certain technique or tradition to make very bitter Kaki sweet. Such as to store the fruits in the certain period while putting a bit of sake to its bottom, was an exciting practise to the kids = kids always breach the line and test whether Kaki was sweet already. —– Peel the skin of kaki and let them dry under the winter sun is the other very common practise. (Kaki become a very sweet Hoshi-gaki)

So, in the New years time, eating the well ripen sweet Kaki is a journey to my kids day.

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Seasons Greeting

Night sky 25.12.2019 03:03 @ London

This is the report from the clear eyes of sky watcher.

—– All through both night, so far no flight of raindeer pulled sleigh was spotted in the sky. 😀

Morning Sky on 25-12-2019 08:10 @ London
Morning Sunrise on 25-12-2019 08:40 @ London (though, I haven’t seen any arrival of anything / anybody still —)

I wish you had / having peaceful holiday time and wishing you have even more prosperous 2020 !

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Fragmented lens for London snap (A)

Somewhat the same landscape by the “Fragmented Lens” on Nikon Z7.

It is something puzzling me ? ? ? —– Advanced image processer in the latest camera straggling with unusual images and make the image even more unnatural.

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F and M — Cats story ?

They are the photos from the Fortnum and Mason’s X’mas decorations taken by a homemade “Fragmented Lens” ( few exceptions which got dark surroundings = 110 Pentax 24mm Lens) on Nikon Z7.

I’ve been seeing this gentleman always on this doorside every X’mas time (except last year) = he is the another fixture of the Fortnum and Masons shop for ages.

I’m not knowledgeable enough to tell what breed of the cat they are nor able to tell about those angels —– still, I hope you to have a peaceful merry X’mas. 😀

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Oxford Street —> Selfridge X'mas decoration (?)

The all photos here were taken by a homemade 1/4 lens on NikonZ7.

Selfridge’s this year’s X’mas decoration was just the display of their goods.

Economical downtern reflected from uncirtainty of the Brexit etc etc might be making shy economy, hence their design were pretty economical here too.

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Hi-ISO noise

Fragmented lens on Nikon Z7 / ISO 25600 / ND filter = in order to make the exposure time even longer, a dark ND filter was used as well.

Till now, I thought that the noise caused by Hi-ISO setting was just a nuisance, or necessary evil though, I became aware, in certain case, it could be an useful tool.

(ISO represent the degree of amplification of the signal —– any electronic signal would produce the noise when it was intensively amplified = whether it was audio signal, or light signal from the image sensor, when they were amplified, the residual charge in the circuit line etc etc were also amplified hence those noise was superimposed onto the main signal. — you may say why the digital signal has noise = the output signal of image sensor IS analog, until they were AD converted. = Here, in the AD converter, the depth of 12 or 14 bit etc decide the quality of the image. = one bit more mean twice as much process will be needed for each pixel of the image sensor ! = You see how enormous the task is = That’s why almost all digital camera is Japanese (inside of Leica is Panasonic) and almost all image sensor is Sony —– Who else would bother to take such awkward task in the world. 😀 )

Fragmented lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter
Fragmented lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter
Fragmented lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter
Fragmented lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter
W 1/2-B lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter
For a comparison, this photo was taken under the same condition but with the Sony A7R / Fragmented lens / ISO 25600 / ND filter (noise level seemed to be a bit less than the Nikon Z7 —– was that what the advantage to be an electronic company over a lens company ? )

Even among the oil paint, many different styles = so, in the soft paintery effect photography, there could be a grainy style —– looks not too bad.

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Ensign Viewfinder Camera ?

This photo was taken through the viewfinder of the 1940s Ensign camera.

Ensign camera was produced by the English Houghtons Ltd. And this streamlined Ful-Vue was made around 1946, using 120 film for 6×6 format.

I got this camera from the London Camera Exchange’s odds and ends box however as it came together with other shopping, I don’t know how much the price of this one though —– as it was non working dirty junk, price could not be more than few pound. SO, I spent next few days to clean and repair. (now the camera was cleaned and in good working condition !)

Camera itself was designed in the streamlined style and having large “aerial image viewfinder” (so that, it was named “Ful-Vue”) —– While checking this aerial image, I realised that I can take picture through this viewfinder. = = = So, I fixed a thin Nikon Z mount adaptor on Ensign’s viewfinder.

Unlike aerial image itself, the image through viewfinder lens could give only 1 feet (30 cm) focus. —– still, for close-up photo, its soft image was pretty interesting.

Though the viewfinder lens doesn’t have any great quality. Its got quite a heavy chromatic aberration. (still, for a fuzzy photo fan, those red and blue fringes were the mere accompanying decoration)

A difficulty of shooting with this camera was, to shoot a front subject while looking down, while following the subject which moves opposite direction. (because, they are the mirror image —– yet, strangely, while viewfinder’s aerial image is not reversed, why the photograph through the same lens got to be reversed or upside down ? ? ? 😀

May be I should have proper shooting test of this camera through its main lens, which is about 95 mm focal length with 12 mm diameter (its mean, the lens is about F8) —– but, no F-aperture, or Focus control ! = even worse, I don’t know how fast is its “Instant” shutter speed. (Shutter has Instant and Time ( = B) setting though, there is no tripod screw — How to use this B setting ? ? ? = 1940s people must have very solid steady hand) 😀

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