Yokohama HDR

New Grand Hotel, Yokohama

New Grand Hotel, Yokohama

Took a day away to experiment with some HDR photography in Yokohama. I am still trying out a few techniques. Here are the first attempts at what might look more like art than photography.

Yokohama Aka Renga

Yokohama Aka Renga

Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies

Bubby's Yokohama, Sakuragicho Station

Bubby's Yokohama, Sakuragicho Station

Yokohama New Grand Hotel

Yokohama New Grand Hotel. I liked the reflection of the trees in the window, but might have to visit again to get a better shot

Yokohama Ferris Wheel

Yokohama Ferris Wheel. Pity about the sky. I have to learn how to not make it go so grey

Yokohama Art, Minato Mirai

Yokohama Art, Minato Mirai

What is your favorite Yokohama scene?

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Yamashita Koen, Yokohama

Nice to see the old forms of transportation on the streets of Yokohama. These tree lined avenues are really nice as well. Almost like a European city in atmosphere. Very different to Tokyo.

Nice to see the old forms of transportation on the streets of Yokohama. These tree lined avenues are really nice as well. Almost like a European city in atmosphere. Very different to Tokyo.

Yamashita Koen and the well known Hikawa Maru in the background. Beautiful day out.

Yamashita Koen and the well known Hikawa Maru in the background. Beautiful day out.

The park area of Yamashita Koen is laid out in sections. This area is a sunken garden which I think used to be a small boating pond back around 150 years ago when Yokohama Port was opening up to the West.

The park area of Yamashita Koen is laid out in sections. This area is a sunken garden which I think used to be a small boating pond back around 150 years ago when Yokohama Port was opening up to the West.

You can see some of the Minato Mirai buildings in the background here across the park.

You can see some of the Minato Mirai buildings in the background here across the park.

Great atmosphere in the park. Plenty of chance to take photos.

Great atmosphere in the park. Plenty of chance to take photos.

Lots of folks just strolling or taking photos made for a perfect relaxing weekend.

Lots of folks just strolling or taking photos made for a perfect relaxing weekend.

The date here is 1986 on this Edinburgh made wheel. Anyone know the history behind this? I am guessing there is a story that goes back many more years.

The date here reads 1986 on this Edinburgh made wheel. Anyone know the history behind this? I am guessing there is a story that goes back many more years.

The benches in Yamashita Koen are normally packed with people taking a rest and enjoying the scenery. At night time, couples take over the seated area.

The benches in Yamashita Koen are normally packed with people taking a rest and enjoying the scenery. At night time, couples take over the seated area.

The grassy areas overflowed with people too.

The grassy areas overflowed with people too.

Look closely and you can see this is not a dog, but a rabbit. Yes, even rabbits need to be taken out for a stretch of the legs every now and then.

Look closely and you can see this is not a dog, but a rabbit. Yes, even rabbits need to be taken out for a stretch of the legs every now and then.

The Spring Fair flower festival is on at the moment, so a number of flower displays have been set up in the park.

The Spring Fair flower festival is on at the moment, so a number of flower displays have been set up in the park.

These flowers were simple but looked great in the park giving the concrete a softer touch.

These flowers were simple but looked great in the park giving the concrete a softer touch.

Great place to share a beer, or maybe some Nihonshu.

Great place to share a beer, or maybe some Nihonshu.

A peak of the boat behind the flowers. Just testing out some DOF here with the 85mm lens.

A peak of the boat behind the flowers. Just testing out some DOF here with the 85mm lens.

The focus got a bit too distant on this shot, but I was trying to capture the シャボン玉, bubbles in the background.

The focus got a bit too distant on this shot, but I was trying to capture the シャボン玉, bubbles in the background.

Looks like Gachapin is peaking out of the tub by the flowers.

Looks like Gachapin is peaking out of the tub by the flowers.

Conbini Monday Wk52

A special Lawson theme here at Yamashita Koen, Yokohama.

A special Lawson theme here at Yamashita Koen, Yokohama.

This week’s Conbini Monday features a Happy Lawson store from Yamashita Park, Yokohama. As Golden Week has started in Japan, many stores are not stocking a full range of goods and new products are thin.

This Happy Lawson store carries some interesting goods that you won’t find at your regular stores.

Inside the Happy Lawson they have plenty of Yokohama niche goods.

Inside the Happy Lawson they have plenty of Yokohama niche goods.

Thee shirts and bags look cool.

Thee shirts and bags look cool.

Special Yokohama merchandise.

Special Yokohama merchandise.

Yokohama Port gets featured of course since we are at Yamashita Koen.

Yokohama Port gets featured of course since we are at Yamashita Koen.

Great packaging on these kewpie baby snacks.

Great packaging on these kewpie baby snacks.

More baby snacks. There was a big selection here, which is unusual in convenience stores.

More baby snacks. There was a big selection here, which is unusual in convenience stores.

The characters on these packages are great. Reminds me of Halloween.

The characters on these packages are great. Reminds me of Halloween.

… and a few new pickups from my local Family Mart as well …

These Pekko-chan popcorn snacks look good.

These Pekko-chan popcorn snacks look good.

I have liked the kinoko no yama treats from way back. Here is a new variation of them, with strawberry topping.

I have liked the kinoko no yama treats from way back. Here is a new variation of them, with strawberry topping.

Do you like “themed” stores like this Happy Lawson or prefer the regular stores?

Painting in Yamashita Koen

A great place to get set up and paint for the day.

A great place to get set up and paint for the day.

I took a walk around Yamashita Koen in Yokohama today after having lunch at Chinatown. The park was teeming with people enjoying the start of Golden Week and the good weather. This gentleman was painting the scenery in the midst of it all.

Mitsubishi Museum, Minato Mirai

My niece taking great delight in seeing how moving pictures come to life.

My niece taking great delight in seeing how moving pictures come to life.

Lots of good exhibits in the astronaut and space area.

Lots of good exhibits in the astronaut and space area.

A look at what you might be flying in in the year 20??

A look at what you might be flying in in the year 20??

Checking out whether we had what it takes to join the Astronaut program.

Checking out whether we had what it takes to join the Astronaut program.

Space Exhibit and statue near the entrance way. I think the statue is a copy of a famous statue somewhere else in the world. Anyone know its location?

Space Exhibit and statue near the entrance way. I think the statue is a copy of a famous statue somewhere else in the world. Anyone know its location?

Some space food in the gift shop for you to take home. Not exactly your regular Conbini Monday items but interesting.

Some space food in the gift shop for you to take home. Not exactly your regular Conbini Monday items but interesting.

URASHIMA is Mitsubishi's marine robot.

URASHIMA is Mitsubishi's marine robot.

Drilling Vessels are also part of the work Mitsubishi is involved in.

Drilling Vessels are also part of the work Mitsubishi is involved in.

A look at some deep sea robotic machinery. This sub looks awfully small and cramped, but I am sure it is state of the art.

A look at some deep sea robotic machinery. This sub looks awfully small and cramped, but I am sure it is state of the art.

One of the specially crafted ropes to pull up vessels from the sea. Got to be strong to hold a lot of weight. Looks great as well.

One of the specially crafted ropes to pull up vessels from the sea. Got to be strong to hold a lot of weight. Looks great as well.

A model of future city and technologies that Mitsubishi plays a role in. This model looks a bit like Yokohama Minato Mirai area, but the airport was a surprise!!

A model of future city and technologies that Mitsubishi plays a role in. This model looks a bit like Yokohama Minato Mirai area, but the airport was a surprise!!

Mitsubishi helping to move out cities forward.

Mitsubishi helping to move out cities forward.

A game for all to play.

A game for all to play.

Caught a reflection of one of my nephews playing this exhibit game.

Caught a reflection of one of my nephews playing this exhibit game.

Looking at a reactor coolant system. Mitsubishi is really involved with many diverse technologies.

Looking at a reactor coolant system. Mitsubishi is really involved with many diverse technologies.

A dolphin telephone. Fantastic, and what a great reaction to go with it.

A dolphin telephone. Fantastic, and what a great reaction to go with it.

Taking it in turns to watch the picture show.

Taking it in turns to watch the picture show.

Prop airplane for ANA on display.

Prop airplane for ANA on display.

These older style aircraft would have been good to fly in. I got my pilots license in a Cessna which was a lot of fun, but haven't kept it current. Maybe I should take a flight in Japan somewhere in a light plane.

These older style aircraft would have been good to fly in. I got my pilots license in a Cessna which was a lot of fun, but haven't kept it current. Maybe I should take a flight in Japan somewhere in a light plane.

This helicopter would be fun to take out for a spin.

This helicopter would be fun to take out for a spin.

Scale model trains from the collection.

Scale model trains from the collection.

The reflection of a child against the train exhibit.

The reflection of a child against the train exhibit.

More scale model trains from the collection.

More scale model trains from the collection.

Mitsubishi is involved with small to very large items. This tanker is amazing.

Mitsubishi is involved with small to very large items. This tanker is amazing.

The Sushi set which makes up the moving picture show display.

The Sushi set which makes up the moving picture show display.

A learning experience at this exhibit showing why aircraft can fly.

A learning experience at this exhibit showing why aircraft can fly.

There was a good library in the museum as well to really brush up on some of the latest technology.

There was a good library in the museum as well to really brush up on some of the latest technology.

A display showing a Power Generation Block. Lots of things to touch and see.

A display showing a Power Generation Block. Lots of things to touch and see.

I liked the animation on this display. Very simple but funny to look at.

I liked the animation on this display. Very simple but funny to look at.

It was a great day out, which if we go back to Yokohama we may repeat. Normally I am not a fan of Museums but this one was quite interactive and fun. Do you like Museums with exhibits to just look at, or do you like to play with them?