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.