Photography is an amazing hobby as it lets you explore so many things and reimagine scenes and images from the ultra realistic to the abstract. I took this photo along a stream that runs through the center of Kyoto. It was in the evening so the lights were on. I wanted to catch some of the few blossoms that were blooming while we were there against the blurred lights of the city. I added a little painterly processing and ended up with this image. I think I like the tone and color more than anything else. It was an experiment from the time I took it but I think it came out interesting…..
It was a foggy morning along the San Diego coast so I thought I’d try to catch the mood before the fog lifted. Even though I got a late start I was able to catch the last of the gloom before it lifted. I decided to keep with the gloomy theme and made the photo B&W. I added a little texture also to try to make it more “artsy”. Hope your day is brighter than this photo!
I saw the subject of this week’s challenge and thought that I would post what is considered an “iconic” landscape shot. This photo is taken through the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands, Utah at dawn. I arrived at the scene well before sunrise and there was already a crowd of photographers there. They were also not the most courteous of photographers who would let you in to be able to “get the shot”. In the end, there was one kind fellow who allowed me to duck in under his tripod so I could share the view. Not the best angle or framing but I took what I could get.
In fact, I took a couple of quick shots there to get the scene that everyone takes and then bailed out to take less crowded shots from around the arch rather than through it. When I look back at these photos I much prefer the ones that I took from “around the corner” because they remind me of a relaxed, quiet experience rather than stressing to find a place among some fairly self-absorbed people.
These days if I run into that kind of photographer “gaggle” I often just wander off nearby and take a different angle away from the crowd. It saves the aggravation and lets me enjoy the experience rather than fighting for that “perfect” shot.
I read this week’s challenge and decided to take the easy way out and choose a “Half-lit” photo. It was an easy decision as I immediately thought of one of my recent Japan photos. We stayed in the Gion district of Kyoto for a few days and really enjoyed the sight of Japanese folk in their traditional clothing – enjoying the evenings and taking “selfies” of each other. I’m not much for selfies but it was a good chance to catch some candid shots of traditionally dressed young folk in this picturesque old geisha district. I took this photo in the late afternoon with long shadows yielding a mixed lighting challenge. I managed to capture this young lady on the steps of a shrine with the dappled lighting adding drama to the scene while highlighting her colorful outfit. This is one of my favorite people candids of our trip.
This week’s challenge was an easy one to select. While in Hokkaido, Japan we had the opportunity to visit with some Whopping Swans as they flew in and gathered around a small patch of unfrozen water along the shores of a lake. When we got there, there were only two swans by the shoreline but then they started to arrive in flights of two or up to twelve or so at a time. As they maintained their formations until final approach it truly looked like an orchestrated dance – straight out of “Swan Lake”?
Sorry for the delay in posting for this challenge but I’ve been working my way through the thousands of pictures I took during our trip to Japan. Our first wildlife experience of that trip was with the snow monkeys near Nagano – the ones that frequent the local hot springs to provide some incredible photo opportunities. We didn’t get the hoped for snow while we were there but the Macques were everywhere and provided us lots to capture. One of the scenes that everyone looks for is the interactions between the Mothers and the kids – a perfect example of “one love”. Here is one of my favorites…..
We just returned from 3 weeks in Japan – a mixture of wildlife experiences and a short tour of some of the significant sights. One of our first visits was to the Hakone area – not far from Tokyo and a good place to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji. That is pretty much all we got of “Fuji-san” as it was mostly covered in clouds during our visit. We did get to wander around a shrine containing this Torii gate which you frequently see around Japan. The gates normally signify the entrance to a shrine and are often painted in bright colors. This one was a bright orange in color but I decided to process it as a B&W to give it more of a calm, and meditative tone. I waited for a single visitor to be framed by the gate. I think of this scene as our welcome to this amazing country.
I’m not sure which one imitates what but I chose a photo that I recently re-processed as an oil painting (as a candidate to find a place of honor on a friend’s wall). The photo was taken in Cinque Terre, Italy a few years ago. It was a day in between storms which washed away several of the beautiful hiking paths in and around these picturesque little villages. The pastel tones of the village, the dark skies of the storm, and the crashing surf all made this scene as “pretty as a picture”…….so I tried to make it look like a painted one…..
This is a little different entry for me to meet this week’s challenge. While I have many vibrant photos from travels, I chose this one from a recent trip to New Mexico. It was a simple winter photo of a single tree against the New Mexico sunset sky. I really liked the colors and the semi-silhouette as it was getting dark. I also liked the horizontal lines of the horizon and the railway against the kind of “starburst” of the tree. I added a little texture to complete the picture with this result….hope you enjoy.
We’re getting ready for another trip and I bought a new Fuji 90mm f2 lens for the occasion. I wanted a portrait lens with just a little “reach” so I’ll be able to use it with the snow monkeys in Japan. This lens has received great reviews so I had to try it. Living only a mile or so from the San Diego Zoo has its advantages so I went over last night to take a couple of quick photos to play with the lens. The flamingos are one of the first things you see in the zoo so I used them as my test.