I'm still recovering from the two week field trip to Tokyo, Akita, and Hokkaido that I took a few weeks ago. I've finally finished processing and scanning the film, but haven't gotten around to organizing the some 50 gigabytes of data. I'll be posting a full gallery from the trip to this blog, here's a sneak preview:
This is from the disability protest organized by several groups on May 12, 2005. This particular photograph is of Hiroko Nakamura (no relation), the head of the Center for Independent Living in Matsue (Shimane Prefecture), reading a statement to the representatives of the Lower House of Parliament. Taken with a Leica M7 and 35mm f/2 Zeiss Biogon on Fuji Acros 100 film
Equipment geek notes: For the two week trip, I took my Leica M7 with my new 35mm Zeiss Biogon f/2 lens. The lens has exceeded all of my expectations. I love the gentleness of the "bokeh" (out of focus elements) in the photograph above, but the lens is also very crisp and colorful with color film. The Biogon is a truly stellar lens. My 35mm Summicron has gone into retirement and I ended up buying the 28mm f/2.8 Biogon as well because its 35mm cousin was so good. I'll be posting more about these lenses in the near future as well.