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Images => People, Portraits, Street, PJ & Cityscapes => Topic started by: Akira on November 01, 2015, 23:07:37

Title: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 01, 2015, 23:07:37
Found this display at a cigarette store.
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Mikes on November 02, 2015, 00:38:14
Well spotted - interesting geometry!

Could also be titled "Urban Weeds" (*)

* "weed" is a slang word meaning an ordinary cigarette, now more widely used to mean something else.
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 02, 2015, 17:27:57
Pretty, clean and colourful!
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Post by: Anirban Halder on November 02, 2015, 19:11:28
Very interesting, clean shot, Akira. Interesting to see brand names like "Hope" and "Peace" :)
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 19:17:42
Thanks, Elsa!

Very interesting, clean shot, Akira. Interesting to see brand names like "Hope" and "Peace" :)

Anirban, ironically these two are the strongest ones among the Japanese cigarettes!
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: armando_m on November 02, 2015, 20:57:03
I'm puzzled by the curved line , what it it?

nice capture Akira
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 23:20:32
Thanks, Armando.  The curved line is a part of the ornament on the wall usung white LEDs.
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: golunvolo on November 03, 2015, 10:19:49
Yes, very nice.
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Olivier on November 03, 2015, 11:38:41
Quote from: Akira link=topic=1935.msg21761#msg21761 date=1446488262

Anirban, ironically these two are the strongest ones among the Japanese cigarettes!
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How ironic indeed.
The other brand (Stix) would be better suited as it evokes the entrance of hell...
I like the shot very much Akira!
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 03, 2015, 12:48:00
Thanks, Paco!

Olivier, thanks.  The cigarettes could open the door to hell anyway.  (oh, I miss that devil's emoticon!)
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 28, 2016, 15:52:38
Somewhat belated follow up, but I think it's worthwhile...
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: atpaula on November 28, 2016, 16:02:51
The curved line gives the ilusion that the cigarette box lines are not straight.
Nice shot!
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 28, 2016, 16:18:14
Thanks, Aguinaldo.  Actually the rectangular show window suffers from a little bit of perspective distortion...
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Mongo on November 28, 2016, 21:56:00
#1 was extremely well seen and captured. It appeals directly to the senses.
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Post by: Akira on November 28, 2016, 23:52:50
Thanks, Mongo.  Even to me, it is hard to get over it.   :o
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Post by: Ron Scubadiver on November 29, 2016, 03:45:49
Weed, can I have some?
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 29, 2016, 06:03:20
Weed, can I have some?

Well, here in Japan, I would have to check out some illeagal route then...
Title: Re: Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on September 03, 2017, 13:21:47
With the DOF of 380,000 km.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on October 22, 2020, 19:29:00
Geometry in Ginza, Tokyo.

I changed this entire thread to the [Theme] one.  Please feel free to post here!
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on October 31, 2020, 17:47:32
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Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on November 01, 2020, 00:32:20
From today. Df, 105/1.8 AIS.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Tom Hook on November 01, 2020, 00:46:50
From today. Df, 105/1.8 AIS.

Nicely done Airy. Particularly like the faces of the buildings most directly in the light. The lens and/or the camera really capture the details in the many variations without the needed highlights being lost.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on November 01, 2020, 05:57:36
From today. Df, 105/1.8 AIS.

Looks authentic!
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Fons Baerken on November 08, 2020, 17:00:27
November 8

Construction expedition foods warehouse

D3s  af-p70-300mmf/4.5-5.6E

Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Luc on November 14, 2020, 21:32:34
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50601315003_a419c695e3_h.jpg)
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on November 14, 2020, 22:10:33
Nicely done Airy. Particularly like the faces of the buildings most directly in the light. The lens and/or the camera really capture the details in the many variations without the needed highlights being lost.
Thanks Tom. Actually, the 105/1.8 handles highlights very nicely. I use it for stage or night shots (when there is no confinement and no curfew, that is).
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Tom Hook on November 15, 2020, 00:25:50
Airy

I went looking to buy the 105 1.8 based on the quality of your picture. So, I think we’re in agreement on this one. That’s a good thing I think.

Cheers!

Tom
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on November 15, 2020, 04:26:02
This Lens seems to be underestimated, maybe because the full aperture is mediocre. But at equal apertures, it is better than the excellent 105/2.5 AI in some respects (flatter field) and worse in others (bokeh). Optical formula is very similar to the 105/2.5 (Xenotar), which explains the similarity.

Then, there is the tolerance to highlights or backlight: striking, although I admit I never cared to make a direct comparison. And zero distortion, etc.

Of course it is a fat lens compared to the 2.5, but a compact one compared to all “modern” equivalents!

In any case, read Richard Haw’s review !
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on December 16, 2020, 12:02:54
(Sub)urban geometry.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 03, 2021, 11:11:47
Urban point symmetry.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 03, 2021, 13:29:12
Exquisite. When steel and concrete are in a minority, they even get bearable :)
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 03, 2021, 18:16:02
Exquisite. When steel and concrete are in a minority, they even get bearable :)

Thank you.  I like this spot on the Tamagawa river where I can enjoy such an open scenery.  The artificial things are pushed away, and I can breath a bit more deeply both physically and mentally.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Jakov Minić on January 04, 2021, 10:17:28
Akira, both images are just dandy :-)
The suburban reminds me of Italy and the second one has vertical cloud symmetry and bridge reflection symmetry at the same time.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 04, 2021, 11:07:11
Akira, both images are just dandy :-)
The suburban reminds me of Italy and the second one has vertical cloud symmetry and bridge reflection symmetry at the same time.

Thank you, Jakov.  That's what the urban geometry is all about!  :D
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 04, 2021, 18:09:45
Lille. Df, 20/2.8 AIS at f/8.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 05, 2021, 02:39:18
Lille. Df, 20/2.8 AIS at f/8.

Apparently, you are yet another lucky one to find a good sample of 20/2.8 (Ais or AF).  The rhythmic crossing of sharp lines represents the urban scene nicely.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 05, 2021, 09:33:48
Apparently, you are yet another lucky one to find a good sample of 20/2.8 (Ais or AF).  The rhythmic crossing of sharp lines represents the urban scene nicely.
This lens should be stopped down to f/5.6 or narrower. Wavy distortion can be very disturbing (LR provides a correction profile). Sensitivity to flare is the most serious issue.

On the other hand, the lens is small, pretty sharp, and close range correction seems very effective. A pity that the mentioned flaws limit the range of suitable subjects.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 05, 2021, 10:29:53
Lille. Df, 20/2.8 AIS. No distortion correction.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 05, 2021, 12:58:30
This lens should be stopped down to f/5.6 or narrower. Wavy distortion can be very disturbing (LR provides a correction profile). Sensitivity to flare is the most serious issue.

On the other hand, the lens is small, pretty sharp, and close range correction seems very effective. A pity that the mentioned flaws limit the range of suitable subjects.

I have tried about ten samples of 20/2.8 (Ais or AF-D), but none of these could offer decent sharpness in the corners like your images posted here even at f8.0 or 11.  So, I gave up...
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 13, 2021, 14:31:26
Urban geometry is also, sometimes, about curves (conical sections & others).
Here caught with Df + Voigtländer 40/2.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: John Geerts on January 13, 2021, 19:51:23
This lens should be stopped down to f/5.6 or narrower. Wavy distortion can be very disturbing (LR provides a correction profile). Sensitivity to flare is the most serious issue.

On the other hand, the lens is small, pretty sharp, and close range correction seems very effective. A pity that the mentioned flaws limit the range of suitable subjects.
Or accept the 'drawbacks' as lens- characteristics    ;)
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 13, 2021, 22:52:27
It dependes. Funny bokeh, vignetting, or sharpness drop towards the corners can sure be used for "creative" purposes.
Purple fringing or "glow"... to some extent (especially after BW conversion).
Wavy distortion? much less so, and I can dispense with flare most of the time.
LoCA? never (at least, not my style).

That being said, pocketable lenses are nice. My smallest bag is a ridiculously small Peakdesign sling bag where I can fit Df + a mounted 50 mm, a compact wide angle and the very compact Elmar-R 180/4 (alternatively, a Nikkor 135/2.8 or similar. Then there is just enough room for a spare battery. Well, 20+50+180 is a nice range for such small volume (and weight). Not sure you can do that with the Z series stuff...
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: golunvolo on January 14, 2021, 12:38:48
It dependes. Funny bokeh, vignetting, or sharpness drop towards the corners can sure be used for "creative" purposes.
Purple fringing or "glow"... to some extent (especially after BW conversion).
Wavy distortion? much less so, and I can dispense with flare most of the time.
LoCA? never (at least, not my style).

That being said, pocketable lenses are nice. My smallest bag is a ridiculously small Peakdesign sling bag where I can fit Df + a mounted 50 mm, a compact wide angle and the very compact Elmar-R 180/4 (alternatively, a Nikkor 135/2.8 or similar. Then there is just enough room for a spare battery. Well, 20+50+180 is a nice range for such small volume (and weight). Not sure you can do that with the Z series stuff...
Yes you can. Not yet a substitute for the 180 but yes for the 20mm and 50mm. You can of coourse just use a ftz and be done with it.
   Even if I love the df files, thhe ergonomics never worked for me.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: John Geerts on January 14, 2021, 12:44:38
Yes you can. Not yet a substitute for the 180 but yes for the 20mm and 50mm. You can of coourse just use a ftz and be done with it.
   Even if I love the df files, thhe ergonomics never worked for me.
The Voigtlander 180mm f/4 is a very small lens and fits perfectly on the Z6 and Z7.  It is very rare, however. 

The 20/2.8 or f/3.5, and the Japanes pancake 50/1.8 (Serial no 2....)   make a small package too with the ftz and Z6/7
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Airy on January 14, 2021, 16:50:22
... rare and (relatively) expensive - around 1400 USD.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Birna Rørslett on January 14, 2021, 18:53:40
I got the 180CV 10-15 years ago when it was "dumped" in a local fire sale. It's a lens I use on and off. The images delivered are sharp and largely, but not entirely, as devoid of colour artefacts as the APO designation indicates. Focusing is hampered by the very short focus travel towards infinity. The package overall is tiny, relatively speaking. Add a 49-52mm step-up ring and the 180/4 combines with say 24/2, 50/1.8 (or a 55/105 manual Micro-Nikkor) to make a very nice compact travel kit for the Df.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Lars Hansen on January 15, 2021, 18:26:02
A Science Center.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on January 18, 2021, 11:13:01
SIGMA fp, Nikkor-H Auto 50/2.0
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Post by: Akira on January 18, 2021, 11:20:48
Another one.
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Post by: Akira on March 13, 2021, 06:54:55
Geometry in the rainstorm.
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Post by: Akira on March 13, 2021, 11:29:01
...and today's round out.  Pano shot with iPhone SE Gen2 and processed in Photoshop a bit.
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Post by: Jakov Minić on March 14, 2021, 12:57:57
Akira, you do know that I admire those roof tops, clouds, and your photos, don't you?
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on March 14, 2021, 23:24:57
Akira, you do know that I admire those roof tops, clouds, and your photos, don't you?

Jakov, I'm always thankful for your encouragement!
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Hans_S on May 12, 2021, 13:52:14
Gaudi's El Capricho

Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Lars Hansen on July 14, 2021, 18:04:27
Another one.
That must be quite unique, Akira!  :)

Two cement silos from 1979 reused as office buildings - "Portland Towers". Two towers - you can only see part of second tower behind.
Nordhavn, Copenhagen.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on September 20, 2021, 19:10:27
That must be quite unique, Akira!  :)

Two cement silos from 1979 reused as office buildings - "Portland Towers". Two towers - you can only see part of second tower behind.
Nordhavn, Copenhagen.

Lars, sorry for my belated response.

I was a bit shocked to see this wall of a local bar.

Interestingly, there is a recently competed building of a very similar exterior design in Tokyo.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Lars Hansen on September 21, 2021, 12:42:15
Lars, sorry for my belated response.

I was a bit shocked to see this wall of a local bar.

Interestingly, there is a recently competed building of a very similar exterior design in Tokyo.
No worries Akira - I just wanted to let you know that the building (also..) caught my attention! My guess was to find a seafood restaurant behind the door :)   

Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on September 21, 2021, 14:32:30
No worries Akira - I just wanted to let you know that the building (also..) caught my attention! My guess was to find a seafood restaurant behind the door :)

You are spot-on, Lars.  This is a local bar specializing seafood to go with the liquor and beverage.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on October 05, 2021, 11:20:28
Geometry above Shibuya, Tokyo.
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Post by: Gregje on October 08, 2021, 22:41:52
Greenwich, London
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Post by: Akira on October 10, 2021, 13:05:39
View from my place.
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Post by: Tom Hook on October 10, 2021, 13:41:45
View from my place.
I like the Cheshire Cat grin smiling down on your wonderland.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on October 10, 2021, 15:06:16
I like the Cheshire Cat grin smiling down on your wonderland.

Tom, thank you for your beautiful description for the image.  :)
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Hugh_3170 on October 10, 2021, 16:09:36
Akira, what is that silver thing in the sky above the boom of the crane?  ;D ;D ;D

I vaguely remember seeing such shapes in the sky a few years ago, but none of late in my part of the world.  Melbourne has recently gained the dubious distinction of being the most locked down city in the world and still its inhabitants are breaking the rules and the number of COVID cases per day keep on increasing.

Geometry above Shibuya, Tokyo.
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on October 11, 2021, 02:34:54
Akira, what is that silver thing in the sky above the boom of the crane?  ;D ;D ;D

I vaguely remember seeing such shapes in the sky a few years ago, but none of late in my part of the world.  Melbourne has recently gained the dubious distinction of being the most locked down city in the world and still its inhabitants are breaking the rules and the number of COVID cases per day keep on increasing.

Hugh, if my observation is correct, it is some sort of an aircraft.    8)

The Japanese ministry in charge changed the aerial route to accommodate the increasing flights to and from the Tokyo International Airport located on the southern edge of Tokyo (not Narita) for the Olympic games.  Since the change, jet planes have been flying over The central part of Tokyo.  That's totally silly!   :o :o :o
Title: Re: [Theme] Urban geometry
Post by: Akira on June 16, 2022, 14:47:29
Urban geometry in B&W.