something about macro photography

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So, I’ve been doing some macro shooting in my kitchen niche, with a friend of mine, who’s sharing some of her Paleo/No Glutton recipes with me. She’s making some wonderful inroads to creating a line of healthy but tasty foods.

I am having some fun figuring out how best to shoot the close-up’s of her Spaghetti sauces, Asian stir fries, and ‘raw-diet’ fruit smoothies. I had been using my old school Nikon macro 55mm f/3.5 lens, which has been creating some nice boca effect, but my friend has been pushing me to create even clearer and more vibrant shots.

She’s suggesting that I get the Nikon 105mm Macro f/2.8 G lens, which I am reading really is a premiere lens for shooting close-up food photography; on the Nikon side of things.

In the mean time, I’ve been playing around with the Nikon Macro M2 extension tube to see if I can get a little closer to the subject matter.

I picked it up from a little classic film and audio tape shop in China Town. The lady, who owned the place, was pleased that I bought the pristine lens so she threw in the extension tube at no cost.

And I found a cassette tape of one of my favorite Jazz artists, Something Warm by Oscar Peterson as well.

Teaching Digital Photography

Harajukuk_district_sanz_textLast weekend, something kind of funny happened, I got a call out of the blue, from somebody asking to redeem a gift certificate for one of my digital photo classes.  It’s been like 4-5 years, since I gave those out.

But this gal, said, she’d heard about me, that I came highly recommended, and that I owned a photography studio of my own, in Sausalito. Heep! pretty funny, at least part of that’s true.

But, of course, I told her that I’d redeem the certificate. And, apparently, I had placed a ‘never expires’ on the voucher.  We ended up having a blast last Sunday, in the private lesson, taking photos in downtown Sausalito.

Paula Mak, and I celebrated the day, having some pretty beef burgers & wine at Sausalito Burger, downtown. I’m looking forward to giving a few more classes, as Spring comes along. I’d certainly like to see what kind of new features the iPhone 6 has for taking pictures.
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Ja mata!
Paul Mansfield
Photo Instructor

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For a rich and beautiful ride into a world of European style and elegance, and some very charming character portrayals ta boot, check, out Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Hotel Budapest’

‘Watching E.T. at McCoppin Park last Friday night’

Takoyaki As all San Franciscan residents know, summer comes right at the end, happening in September, and we have the most beautiful days, for a short time. And then the Fall slams in by October, changing the foliage from green into the vibrant colors of New England.

This time of year, it’s best to get out your bbcue pit one more time, and your picnic food, and enjoy the last of the outdoor events, the season will allow. Last night, we went out to support the People of Parkside Sunset, by attending the outdoor showing of the 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, at the McCoppin Movie Night.

For my part in it, my girlfriend, Paula and I made special Japanese Takoyaki, or Octopus balls to bring for some potential new Japanese students.  I’m getting my English Tutoring Service going again, and I hope to have many more opportunities to network and practice speaking Japanese & English . As we got together with all of our new Japanese friends, they loved eating their home food, like going to a Tokyo or Osaka street food fair back home.

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It was a bit chilly watching the movie under the San Francisco night, but seeing the movie in this open air venue, was like going to the drive ins when we were kids.  The movie held up well, all these years later, and was a tear jerker to the end.

All the families in the audience with little ones, seemed to be mesmerized by Steven Spielburg’s childhood tale.

For more information on the film phenomena of E.T. check out Roger Ebert’s movie review

Cheers!

Paul Mansfield
Popzeit Arts & Edu.

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‘oh, not there’

'oh, not there' This morning, CC Rider, dropped me and my Kymco People scooter off at Scuderia. My scooter is having some mechanical problems, hye.. well, it won’t start, absolutely, but it’s also gonna be nice to get some other cosmetic and comfort aspects taken care of. — having a scooter in this town makes life easier to get around, — while waiting for me gal friend, Paula, to pick me up in her Honda Prius, I did a little pm30 photo dirge, and picked up some wall art near by. Enjoy the sunshine in San Francisco, folks..
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Popzeit 2nd book project: 2015

Popzeit 2nd book project: 2015

Buon afternoon, as my gal friend, Paula is out discovering the cherry blossoms in bloom in our Sunset neighborhood, I am at home in my home office:  a place, I have fashioned after a favorite childhood past time, of imagining my living room, to be the interior of Han Solo’s Millinium Falcon. I call it something like, my ‘Han Solo-Beastie Boys’ creative cockpit; and a pair of Pop tarts are never far, and keepin’ the Illy coffee coming.

Today, I have set forth a 2nd Tokyo book project, this one being more of a designer’s sketch of my photo junket experience after traveling to Tokyo so many times. It was such an inspiration for coming up with my photographic and travel style. Creating a photo book of purely the photos, has been a good way of getting started and of sharing the nuggets from those trips with other cool folks in my network.

But a more intensive work-over, using all of the creative arts material I’ve amassed over the years, I think is  a better way to help the reader understand and grasp the adventures that happened there.  And hopefully set the tone for further travel in Nippon, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia & Taiwan. At first with my new life-partner, Miss Paula Mak, and potentially later, as a consultant to photographers, food professionals and people who love to travel. I could see myself as a tour guide and consultant, in this manor.

Please enjoy the rest of your weekend, before Taxes are due.  Ja mata! eh, ciao for now~

Paul Franklln-san
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Paula’s new iPhone 5s camera

she asked me if we could grow our own Japanese Sakura, cherry blossom tree in our back yard one day.  I think we could do that PM 😉

Georgia O’Keeffe Lake George works

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Along with eating Sunset Nieghbs tap pas we saw a special selection of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George paintings — which come from an area of upper state New York, the Adirondack Mountains. My friend James is is particular to this area of the country, and likes to spend some time there.
We’ve had some pretty cool chances, the three of us, Dino, James and myself, to see some wonderful art at the DeYoung, but also, going to The Social brew pub, has given us the chance to enjoy a little ‘bro-sabath’ — an entirely unreligious thing, where relaxing at the pub on sunday, and dining on good pub grub and slog gin some beers, has been a great way to unwind after the busy week, that came before.
The photos below were taken at The Social Brew Pub, at 9th and Irving in the sunset district of San Francisco.  –click on the first image to enlarge and play a slide show —

Illy coffee in North Beach

Illy coffee in North Beach

This morning, while waiting for my scooter to be repaired, I spent some quality time in North Beach district of San Francisco. I had some rather cold and greasy dim sum, but a fantastically made cappuccino from the Cafe Greco. These guys really know how to sling espresso and milk. And I noticed that in North Beach, the SF Chronicle is .75 $ cents when grouped with the Tsing Dao daily newspaper. cool beans

Photo taken with the Panasonic GF3 + Lumix 14mm 1.8 prime lens
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Shinjuku Shades

Shinjuku ShadesNow that the Tokyo Photo book is all finished, and in the can, I am starting to work on some early design drafts of what I call ‘Tokyo Metro Style Guides’ — which loosely, are designed to be little catalogue sections of my former Japan Travel Adventures.

They include the daily fashions and characters I experienced during the Tokyo Photo Junkets, and serve as an inspiration for my portrait photography and Wa Photo Academy teaching in this day and age.

Since, coming back to the states, post-Japan, and pursuing a professional photography career, and having finished up my work officially in the photo retail industry, I have been oft reminded that it’s the people I am serving that matter the most.  And whatever I can bring to it, to inspire and help others, is what’ I’ve been focusing on.

I hope I can capture that adventurous spirit I felt while traveling and taking pictures in Japan, and bring it to the students and people I am serving here in San Francisco. These style guides should bring it all back, and I should think, be a blast to work on.The-Falcon-and-Captain-America-Comic-Book-e1342470688884Looking forward to the new movie coming out Friday, April 4th– Captain America:  Winter Solder.

Also, a shout goes out to my friends at Calumet Photographic, who closed their doors recently. I hope they’ll all doing alright and will land on their feet.

Paul & PaulaAs for on the daily life side of things, Paula and I, are mostly spending our weekends, going around to local haunts in our neighs, like this one, Trouble Coffee.  They sure have a mean cinnamon toast. Oishii!
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Paul Mansfield 35mm film photography

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SF Food & Lifestyle

The Keep Rolling food truck experience is an interesting and flavorful foray into Eastern European cuisine. Vicky Lee, has culminated her Europa travels into a single and delicious Chimney Cake, from Hungary.

Paula Mak and I that day, we’re so into going and being apart of the grand opening of Vicky’s food truck. We drove the long-windy road, so to speak, to a business park, somewhere in South San Francisco.

We had build up quite an appetite, and Vicky’s sweet and savory chimney cakes didn’t
disapoint.  It was quite a family affair too, as Vicky’s parents and friends were all involved
in launching her food truck into the San Francisco culinary-sphere.

We’re pretty psyched to see her get out there.
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Paula Mak with her Samsung digital camera