Tokyo Muji shopping trip


(reposted from last year) — Shimøspleef —
As I prepare to do some major negative and photo scanning over the holidays for members of my family, I have been looking over my own film photos, and pulling out some of the most fun I had while shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

 I have felt such a freedom, the adventure of taking off, with a simple disposable film camera, like the one here, and a Muji pad of paper, and just explore the little neighborhoods of Tokyo to see what I would find.

In this neighborhood, Shimokitazowa, I found this cool little shop, where there were several artisans selling their original work.  I was buying some souvenirs for my friends back home, and these gals, were showing off their wares.

I think in the digital age, it’s nice to sometimes limit yourself to the simplest of cameras and just go out and photograph from the hip, and not worry as much about technical things like exposure, or social networking them or posting to a web site, exactly where you are.

Then in my own time, I like to go back and have the negatives developed at one of the last remaining photo developing houses in town and see what little treasures I got.  The images aren’t always stellar, but knowing that I only have 36 frames to get the shot, kind of makes it more exciting.

While up here in Portland, me and my mums watched the Quentin Tarantino movie, ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and we both laughed our butts off at the fun farce that this film was.


Muji opens their doors in San Francisco today

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SF Uniclo Shopping trip

Taken from Facebook post: October 19th —
Ohio, eto, hello ja-mochi’s (friends) — yesterday, me and my gal-friend, went to the Stonehenge Mall, to attend the opening of our favorite Japanese department store in San Francisco, but here’s what we saw…  so because the lines were so big, just headed up to the neighborhood gap to try n pick up a highly discounted pair of 1969 grey jeans.  Better luck next time Paula Mak 🙂

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Paul Mansfield
home office

a bit o pop-culture: It’s interesting that some of our favorite super heros, often take a new look, to bring in a modern audience.  One such character I am fallowing these days, both on Hulu’s tv line up, and at my local comic book store, is Green Arrow.

My pal Tobey Mullen, kind of prefers the classic version, although he watches the new show, and I am still getting my tastes around whether I like the new edition of the Green Arrow. The verdict is still out on that one.. but here are the two versions side by side, you decide for whom you like — <if you’re a fan of DC comics and such>Green Arrow_classic cover green-arrow-17-cover

Richmond asunder

Richmond asunderSitting around with my new girlfriend and her inviting family, one could hear the chatter and rhythms of mahjong being placed a few paces away, the backyard presented this kind of imagery

Byambajav Ulambayar Sumo Wrestler
This last weekend, in San Francisco Japan Town, there was a sumo exhibition being held that featuring mostly non-Japanese Sumo Wrestlers. Three time world champion Sumo wrestler, Byambajav Ulambayar, from Mongolia, said: ‘Before you get in the dohyo, you must concentrate because intensity is key. If you loose focus, you can make a mistake.’

Byambajav Ulambayar is 68-1 in Sumo world competition

source: Meredith May, San Francisco Chronicle

Re-discovering a little Tokyo Night Photography

Re-discovering a little Tokyo Night Photography

These days, at home in my little ‘Han Solo’ creative cockpit, eh, yea, well, go with me on this one, onegaishimasu! Anyways, I’m having quite a bit of fun, pulling out some of my old classic 35mm film negatives, scanning them, and then digitally printing them.

I would like to create an exhibition series of my favorite 35mm film Tokyo color and black and white shots – from back in the day when I living there and taught English.

As I get into this, I would like to take it into the modern day, and add digital printing from film negatives, photoshopping them, and then producing fine art prints with my Epson printer, as part of my digital services.

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Mamiya Portraiture Photography

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This week, I am working closely with Reiko Matsueda and Saiyoko to create some medium format film photographic portraits in me and Reiko’s studio.

The purpose of this excerise is to take the slow approach to creating a studio lighting atmosphere and to photograph meaningful portraits.

And also to learn the fundlementals of exposure, camera settings, lighting, and lenses to make interesting portraits of people.

Like in the movie, Taken, with Liam Neeson, sometimes it pays to go back to basics to get the job done, and create art thats worth playing for..

cheers,

Paul Mansfield
home studio
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Fujicolor Reala

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

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Finding available light food photography

Finding available light food photography

These days, I enjoy cooking again in my kitchen niche’ at home. Mostly, I am preparing simple dishes like Korean Kimchee bowl, and what I call my ‘Mexican burrito bowl’ — more on the ingredients and recipe later.

As I prepare the dishes in the early evening, the available light is good, so I grab my Nikon D3 and 85mm 1.4 D lens, and start ‘working it.’

Sometimes, I’ll throw in a Manfrotto LED for some ‘splash light’.

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