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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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Imagining Post-Nuclear Japan

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sent shock waves through the political establishment by calling for the end of nuclear power generation in Japan. “There is nothing more costly than nuclear power,” Koizumi was quoted as saying during an interview with Tokyo Shimbun

Great to see Koizumi throwing his name behind the anti-nuclear movement. Somehow, though, I doubt this will have any effect on Abe’s plan to reopen as many reactors as possible.

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Create Your Blog Collages Directly In Lightroom, No Need For Other Apps

Wonderful tutorial from Anthony Thurston

I have seen several posts recently around the web talking about how people use third party apps like Blog Stomp to create the images that they feature on their blogs and social media networks. To me this seems like an extra step that I don’t want to deal with and so I just do it from Lightroom (something that apparently not a lot of you knew that you could do).

Count me as one of those who didn’t know about this. Definitely worth the read if you use Lightroom.

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This World War I Composite Photo Puts Many Modern ‘Shops’ To Shame

Hurley’s job as the wartime photographer was to capture the “truth” of war so that the people back home could see what was going on. The problem though, according to Hurley, was that a single frame from his large glass plate camera could not capture what war was really like.

As I have said many times, image manipulation is nothing new in the Photoshop era.

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10 Things Japan Gets Horribly Wrong

It’s generally pretty easy to complain about a foreign country, and many foreigners in Japan seem to work full time at complaining about Japan. I accept that it is not my native country, things are different, and that is good, so I usually avoid complaining. Having said that, this is a pretty good list that might give newcomers an idea of what to expect. Of everything in includes, the one that is still the most frustrating to me is this:

reikin” gratuity. And here we meet the payment that leaves most foreigners scratching their heads. Written with the kanji characters 礼 ”thanks” and 金 “money”, reikin is paid by the renter to the landlord and is not in fact some kind of cashback incentive to attract new tenants. That’s right, if you want to move into an apartment, in some cases you have to pay the landlord up to two months’ rent as a “thank you” before you spend even a single night in there. Oh, and you won’t get a penny of it back, either.

I might also include the lack of noise ordinances and large black vans driven around the city by right-wingers that take full advantage of the lack of noise ordinances by blasting patriotic enka at all hours and so loudly it makes your ears hurt. Such vans are annoying at the best of times, but positively maddening when you are trying to put a newborn to bed.

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From The Archives: Tanuki, Cheerful Raccoon Dog

Who doesn’t love tanuki, the Japanese raccoon-dog with huge balls. …huge balls? Yep. Better click through to read all about it.

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Autumn Leaves at Gujo Hachiman Castle

Gujo Hachiman Castle is surrounded by maple trees which make the area really beautiful during the autumn in Japan. It is considered one of the best spots in Gifu Prefecture for momiji or autumn leaf viewing.

Some great info and photos.

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From The Archives: Okazaki Tenmangu Shrine

As I look at this photo, I realize I haven’t posted many shots like this in a long time. I should change that. At any rate, this is a great shrine to see plum blossoms at. Go read the post for some info.

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