Friday, July 24, 2009


lotus and fish, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Delightfully, someone called Chuck commented on a couple of my photos! :-) Not on this blog, which remains as silent and unvisited as ever, but over at James' Empty Blog.

Chuck said he liked my macro shots, so it must be time to share my latest investment in Japanese technology. None of the shots are actually real macros, but are taken with one of these. (The link is to mapcamera, the lovely shop in Shinjuku where I bought this lens second-hand, but in perfect condition). Basically the "close-ups" are taken with this lens, zapped out to a focal length of 300mm where at 5 feet minimum focus distance it produces a maximum magnification of only 1:4. Lucky that Japanese insects and flowers are so big! Having to be 5 feet away makes things difficult, or impossible, sometimes in tortuous Japan where one step backwards can throw you into a pond or down a cliff, across a road, or cause you to tread on someone's toes, but it is probably a good thing when it comes to trying to not scare the creepy crawlies. Today's photo of Hachimangu pond is taken at the other end of the zoom range at 75mm. ...that goldfish, might look like the one in your fish tank at home but is actually about 1.5 feet long.

What I am not sure about is whether this lotus and fish or this fish and lotus. are nicer. Perhaps they are both just shite.. that is usually the way when I can't decide between two pictures. :-)

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