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.


Mamiya Portraiture Photography

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..


Paul Mansfield
home studio

Fujicolor Reala

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

SF Digital Photo Lessons

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*if you’d like to see some photography works of Paul Mansfield please check out his digital & film gallery hanging at the Starbucks in San Francisco

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’.


People of Possibility Portraiture

People of Possibility Portraiture

This shot was taken of one of my former English students, back when I was teaching a group of Japanese women, who lived in the city, had children, and all formed a group called, ‘The Bambi Mother’s’ play group — at the JCCCNC.

I created a full-service, teaching English learning group for them, with the help of Yoko’s husband, Hirokuni; whom I serendipitously ran into in Japan Town, after having tought him at the Tokyo, Chofu branch of the now defunk Nova English School.

One of the nice things about teaching this group of vibrant and eager Japanese mothers, was that not only were they all good people, but they were excellent mothers, as well as professionals in their own right.

Some worked for JAL airlines, were doctors, lawyers, public administrators, banking executives — and their husbands also held high professional posts as well.

I was very fortunate to serve this group of dynamic women, and even on occaison, get to see other talents they had. Such as in this picture, this is Tokyo Nami; which she uses as her stage name.

Before she become a mother and wife, she had a successful singing career with Sony Music in Japan. Her musical style is something like Pop Opera i.e. just think of that opera singer at the end of the Luc Besson film, The 5th Element.

I shot this image with a Canon AE-1, and 50mm lens and Ilford Delta Pro 400 Black and White film. This is one of my favorite film stocks because of the fine grain I am able to get and it catches the detail even in low-light; as you can see from this picture.

Paul Mansfield



Planning a photo-teaching junket for Summer of 2014. I have a chance to teach English at my friend, Jane’s university, in Ulan Bator. Do a home stay with a Mongolian family, and study photography with my friend, Mugi’s father, who is a renown photographer there.