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Beach Rose (2)

I’m not a fun of cultivated garden rose yet I got a soft soft spot with Beach Rose. Beach Rose originated from north eastern side of the asia, China, Japan, Siberian sea shore. There was a popular misconception that the Beach Rose spread while riding on the sea wave —– but they came to the west by the human hand. Anyway the Beach Rose of which Japanese calls Hamanas makes impenetrable dense bush on the beach. And this Hamanas is a long cherished flower to the back-pack traverors — since they appeared in the many books, poems, sang in the songs — yet still, we could not see them often because this plant was not easy to handle with its dense sharp thorn = we had to go to the Hokkaido to see the Hamanas in a huge landscape. So, I dreamed like my roman when I was in my secondry school boy —– and it took another 5 years for me to see the real flowers.

(This photo above was taken by 110 Pentax 24mm lens on Nikon Z7 — rest of the photos here were taken either by Helicoid (B) or ZM-2 lens)

Whatsoever, I’ve been seeing this rose in the past 18 years, since I came here. —– blaime, When I came here, I was a young(er) man. Ha ha ha.

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Evening Stroll

Some days ago I went out for a meeting, with a camera, Nikon Z7 and a homemade plastic Fun lens on it.  (It’s good to have a small pocketable camera !)

As I took Dockland Light Railway I could see the town over the roof and see the sunset from advantage points.

Since the lens was £1 junk, it needs no focus and neither giving any sharp image —– still, if you think they are a kind of sketch drawings it’s no problem.  I don’t think I need sharp details in those images, as they are no different from the distant vague memories.

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The late Cherry (or Ex-Cherry ?)

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It’s not nice to say “used to be cherry” —– so, Ex-Cherry ?

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A woman said it’s not fair, they got a full bloom every year —– m m m, rather tricky to say any word here. 

(Those photos were taken by a lens from a toy camera on Nikon Z7 —– It was a single plastic lens, equivalent of  28mm, F13,  fixed focus )

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Dorkbot London 95

Dorkbot is a strange social gathering — they says the gathering of the people doing strange things in electronics.       Superficially it is the Geeks gathering yet in reality, some people are overlapping with computer hacker, anarchist, social activists etc etc. sometime a kind beyond the ordinary brain.  Its mean, for certain situation, they are quite resorceful and effective people.

==== Jem Finer ====

“Longplayer and Supercomputer: Keeping things going”

Both a question and a proposition. Both are projects which would welcome wider collaboration and the ingenuity that Dorkbot may bring.

longplayer.org / supercomputer.org.uk / @jemfiner

==== Emma Winston ====

“Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own: songwriting with code as a non-programmer”

How accidentally live-coding an album let one woman fall back in love with learning to program, and how (maybe) it can do the same for you.

emmawinston.me / deerful.com / @deer_ful

==== Nicola Plant ====

“Parallax”

Parallax is a movement-based interactive VR artwork. The audience communicate with one another by intuitively performing hand expressions and gestures that sculpt a shared malleable object existing in the virtual space between them.

Dr Nicola Plant is a movement artist, coder and researcher with a PhD in Media Art and Technology at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London.

nicolaplant.co.uk / @nicolaplant

==== Petre Brownell ==== (aka greenman)

(Sorry I couldn’t find the info’ of his talking — Somewhat the implication of Net system to the business system or their relation as he himself is an entrepreneur = aske him please)

 >>> theorganization.com

==== Nicola Plant ====

“Parallax”

Parallax is a movement-based interactive VR artwork. The audience communicate with one another by intuitively performing hand expressions and gestures that sculpt a shared malleable object existing in the virtual space between them.

Dr Nicola Plant is a movement artist, coder and researcher with a PhD in Media Art and Technology at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London.

nicolaplant.co.uk / @nicolaplant

==== Annie Tådne ====

“Boberg 1”

Boberg 1. is a hands-on interplay between material and computational properties, where music is composed through visual means. In a performance, physical objects are translated into sounds and controlled through manual calibration.

tadne.se

They are the regulars, friends. —– (Those photos were taken by the 100year oled Kodak Vest pocket camera lens on Nikon Z7 = sorry about the focus,  it was to scueez its pantograph )

I’ve been with them —– gosh, over 15 years ! ? 

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Joe Rush in the Southwark London

South of Themes river, around the London Bridge, and down towards Deptford, navel center Greenwich — used to be a ship building and the industrial area —– .   So, we can see a lot of disused buildings, abandoned empty spaces etc. even now.   And, somewhere, somewhere we saw “re-development” etc though, ? ? ?    (kind of sky-scraper, Shard is the prominent one)

An easiest “Re-development” is to put the chairs and tables in the empty space and sell the drink (and some food) = as long as somebody buy a drink, it makes a business.  A place called Vinegar Yard is such kind.   Put a disused Train coach on top was a option (and may be used as an office space, in the same time as an eye-catching display.)  

Huge ants infesting the building must be another option.  Then I realised that, this is a part of the Joe Rush Exhibition.

Joe Rush is a well-known figure among the festival fan as he is the fixture of the Glastonbury Festival while displaying huge  so-called wasteland art.  (Using discarded objects such as a parts of the machine etc and create a kind of the sculpture —– so, the aforesaid Ant was made out of motorbike’s fuel tank and the photo above seems to be out of piping connector, and photo right seems to be an Italian coffee maker)   I met him about 15 (?) years ago. And remember when I visited his work shop in the Deptford creek.

(Don’t ask me what are they.)   But, something fuzzy image, photo left was taken by Kodak Vest Pocket Camera Lens.

No idea what this one was ?

Not only the mechanical sculpture, south london got many big toy for the grown-ups.  (not Haley, but Triumph = THE British !)

And Southwark can offer enough drink.

Since the time of Shakspere.

In case if the drink excess, you can treat it with no problem.  (everything handy here)

And the posh food as well. (The mix of discarded junk and the too clean new fabrication is the Southwark London)

All the photos here (except one) were taken by the 110 Pentax 24mm lens on the Nikon Z7

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First Reiwa (令和) Sky

So, this is the sunrise (over the roof) 1st of April 2019  06:18 ( = British Summer time 07:18) by Zeiss 18mm F3.5 on Nikon 850

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And this is the same sky but a minuets before of the top photo, taken by 110 Pentax 24mm on Nikon Z7   (It seems Zeiss lens showed much clear image —– of course, 110 lens costed me only few pounds as a junk, in contrast Zeiss was £800 even for a second-hand = be humble, don’t expect too much)    😀

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PS : Looking around the Net-sphere, it seemed that the news of naming the new era in Japan took so much attention from all over the world.   The tradition to name the Era originally came from Han dynasty of China though,  like most of the culture in China it ceased to exist under the communist rule.  (So that the young Chinese except Taiwanese, even can not read their own classic literature like Laozi 老子, Confucius 孔子 — let alone to understand them)   Yet still, as nearly 1/4 of world population is Chinese, some of them might have studied classic, hence able to read the “Chinese” character 令和 of which the meaning is more or less the same to us .   (Some character’s meaning is quite different between Chinese and Japanese = such as for flowers, Chinese use 華 , Japanese use 花 but for Chinese this letter 花 mean mor like a lot of mess, therefore 花子 in China mean a beggar wearing tattered rug. — without knowing this, quite few Japanese girl got their name Hanako 花子 ! )

The meaning of the character 令 is “telling or announcing” = so that, with an additional 金 (metal) to its left hand side, like this 鈴 it’s become “Bell”

And the 和 mean “come together or harmonize”  so that a word 平和 mean peace ( 平mean “flat or plain”) = Everybody come together in harmony” is a Peace.

Therefore, 令和 Rei Wa mean, Calling a Harmony  or Telling, be in Peace”.  (May be not as strong as “Shut-up, you the Devil”)   😀     (By the way, officially Reiwa starts on the 1st of may, coinciding with the new Emperor to take the throne.   This, one month ahead schedule was for the people to prepare such as for printing the calendar.)

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Few more photos of last Heisei days

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I’m living in England though, still it is the last moment of Heisei Era for me.

I’m a Japanese, yet I’m more like a spooky kind than an Anime generation.    And never be a Gamer of Gandam kind.

Or a dirty old man ? —– It’s quite a questionable.  

Then I found, the local Iceland shop was closed. —– I don’t think it’s anything to do with the end of era in Japan.  (Don’t you think, this is THE good lens = instantly giving 50 years old atmosphere to the picture !)   😀

And found that the Small White Elephant Cafe was also closed. (Before the end of financial year ?)

Those photos were taken by the homemade ZM2 lens or Pentax 110 24mm F2.8 lens on the Nikon Z7.

On the end Japan got their new name of the era as Reiwa (令和) —– long live to them.    🙂   🙂   🙂

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Japanese New Era is coming

Well well, not for tomorrow’s April fool, but Japan is going to have the new name of the Era for coming new Emperor.    Japanese calendar system has the name of each Era with each Emperor’s throne.  Which is the continuing tradition of the past 2500 years, started on the time of the legend of Emperor  Jinmu.  So that the coming new Emperor Naruhito is its 256th Emperor.  = in other words, the current Emperor Akihito’s (He is going to cede the throne to his son Naruhito on 1st of May)  Heisei Era will end tomorrow.  (I remember the day, when I went to see the wedding parade of Prince Akihito and his bride, Michiko in their hose drawn coach. — I think I was a secondary school boy then) 

—– anyhow, on this last day, I should clear the stacked photos of Heisei while it is still in its era.

(Those photos were taken by ZM2 lens and Helicoid B lens on Nikon Z7)

On the end Japan got their new name of the era as Reiwa (令和) —– long live to them.    🙂   🙂   🙂

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Sony Lens Mystery (2) — After Sony’s answer

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On the time of the first discovery of the strange phenomenon, inside of a Sony’s 30mm Macro lens, I gave an enquiry to the Sony.   And I got an answer from them which said :

“With reference to your enquiry and after further investigation, we would like to highlight that the Sony lens does not have a special technology used. Therefore, the focus resetting does not have to do with specific technology used inside the lens.

SONY SUPPORT TEAM
http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en

As they didn’t answer why and what for the lens focus move, I check the lens and found that even after more than 10 days, as I haven’t touch the lens (and the lens hasn’t been mounted to the Sony body = battery or super-capacitor if there was any at all inside, must be exhausted) the focus still moves.   So, I further gave them an even harder test, “with 10 mm extension ring”. (photo top)

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On Nikon-Z7, the Sony SEL30m35 lens + 10 mm extension ring made quite a good close-up images and this was the closest I could go. (photo left)   And a bit more distance, lens worked almost on AF mode. (photo middle)  Then — while lens was kept aimed to dark object, I suddenly moved the lens (camera) to bright outside = the lens focus moved to far (photo right) then back  to very close.  M m m ? ? ? —– wait a moment, the LENS got 10 mm extension ring too.    How come the focus to far subject like the photo right here was possible ?    What kind of optics can override the 10 mm extension of the focus by a little movement of the lens ! ? ? ?    It’s incredible. 

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So, I did test the same on Sony A7R body.   The result was as you can see on those photos.  = With 10 mm extension, the lens can give only very closed images (photo left) and the middle and the right photo.

With a bit of cynical view, this lens SEL30M35 (30mm Macro F3.5) can give more on the Nikon Z (with my special adapter) —– than on the genuine Sony body.   😀     What ever the Sony says, the lens keep move the focus while detecting the own position without power, as if its got own mind.  This must be their special technology used inside of this lens.   So, the mystery was not solved at all.   😀 

(Sony might got quite a confidence to ignore a funny question, even after the Canon and the Nikon came into the full frame mirrorless market, Sony’s share is still over 60%.)

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ZM2 Lens – Spring Walk

First visitor here tonight was from USA, seeking Plum Flower.   So, I’ll show you many Cherry flowers, Plum Flowers.

You may not believe though, all those photos here were taken by just one lens,  (homemade ZM2 lens, on Nikon Z7 camera — ISO 100, AV setting)  Slight difference of the focus, the lens can produce quite different kind of image !

This plant called Japonica Japan was originated from Japan as its name suggests, and a cousin of Quince, or relative of Pear.   Incidentally, a name Nipponia Nippon which meaning is the same (Nippon is the formal name — Japan is a nick name after Marco Paulo) was for national birds Toki who has been nearly extinct and revived to about 150 now.

Ever cute Snow drop, Japanese name is Yukiwari-so (雪割草) which mean the flower who sprout out the snow !

I found this variety of cherry first time in this country.  Still no idea of its name.

And this is somewhat close to the plum. (But not Japanese Ume 梅 —– I don’t know why Ume didn’t come here.)

And this is Daphne —– somewhat related to Cloves though, the story was very complicated = lots of misunderstanding.  (You might have seen a furniture made by a wood called Mahogany but never know what its tree looks like.) 

Same as that, the wood for burning incense Agarwood 沈香 was a mystery to the Japanese for many hundreds of years, and people mistook this plant was related to Cloves 丁字 (hence Japanese misnamed this Daphne as 沈丁花---on both case the letter 丁 represents the shape of nails which is a shape of the Cloves as well and the smell of this flower is the same to the Cloves though) those plants are in fact totally different plant. 

Since Agarwood can be sold for very high price, the tree has been pushed to near extinction = now they are protected and the genuine wood is hard to come by, so that, there said to be a lots of fake in the market. ( = a wood dripped into an artificial incense was sold to the tourists.)

Crocus is a relative of the Saffron.  (So, don’t eat them)

(In fact, Daffodil is also poisonous — if you eat = Who eat ?)

I guess this cherry seems to be originated from Yama-zakura.  — but not sure of its multi-petal flowers.

So, it was a nice walk and shootings.

Those three photos were somewhat an extra.  I met Ms.S and Mr.M as a next door of one of the cherry flower’s place.  They got very fancy bicycle with motor. (And those photos were for them to copy from here)

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