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From The Archives: Stormy Sky Over Church

I remember taking this shot a few years ago. The sky had been darkening for awhile and I knew it would let loose soon, but I went out anyway to take some photos, including this one. After just a few minutes I headed home and got in just in time — moments later it came pouring down.

HDR clouds and stormy sky

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Shoot Tokyo: The Book

My good friend Dave from ShootTokyo recently made a Kickstarter project to produce a photography book. And what a beautiful book it is!

I meant to link to this a while ago, but as with everything lately, I was distracted by the demands of caring for my son. At this point the Kickstarter is over, but the results were nothing short of amazing. He only asked for $5000, but nearly $40,000 was pledged. Wow!

You can buy the book here

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The Best Camera

Ben Brooks offers some thoughts on what is the best camera. I agree with most of what he says. His last line is perfect:

It is, then, only in the process of making the image that I care about the camera. Once the image is there, I tend to only care about the image itself.

Absolutely. We waste so much time fretting about our camera, but if we are honest with ourselves we will realize that we rarely care about what camera we used when we look back at old photos. What he said.

Also worth noting is that people looking at our photos rarely care what camera we used. The enthusiasts who inhabit photography circles such as Flicker may be interested, but people who are only interested in admiring the photo couldn’t care less if it came from an iPhone, a 5d mark III, a Holga, or anything else. All that matters to them is its a pretty picture. I kind of think those Flicker enthusiasts also don’t really care, they just are under the mistaken belief that if they use the same camera they may get the same results.

But that’s an idea to explore at another time. For now, go enjoy Ben’s post.

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Dusk at the Shinto Shrine

Shrines are wonderful places in Japan if you are the nature type. They are surrounded by nature, usually thick with trees on at least a few sides, are quiet, are filled with pleasant insect sounds such a crickets in autumn and cicada in summer. All around great places to relax.

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Learning to Relax

I call him Mellow Monk-Man.

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From The Archives: Fallen Blossom

in my province
grass blooms too…
cherry blossoms
~Issa

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From The Archives: Lantern Minimalism

This style of stone lantern was created by the fellow (Furuta Shigenari) who became the top tea master in Japan following the death of Sen no Rikyu.

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Breaking Through the Forth Wall

This was a neat shot, or a neat effect anyway. I’ve licensed this photo out a lot, so others would seem to agree. It’s an HDR photo with a few different textures applied on top. I always get a lot of great feedback from texture photos, so hope you enjoy this one.

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From The Archives: This Old House

I forget what year this was suppose to be, but I imagine it is about 50 – 60 years ago. Possibly prewar. The thing is, my inlaws house still looks a lot like this today.

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From The Archives: Japanese White-Eye Hiding in Sakura

Catching these mejiro is tough! Not only do they jump all around like hyperactive hummingbirds, but there are bigger birds that are constantly chasing them away. There is always a large group of photographers waiting. You can tell when the mejiro start to appear because all the photographers start to run to and fro with their huge camrea bodies, expensive lenses, and tripods, hoping desperately to get that one great photo.

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