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Ferns of Kamakura

I mentioned in my previous post about taking a trip down to Enoshima last week with fellow photographer Anthony Wood. We had actually made the trip for Kamakura, but Enoshima is just a quick train ride away so we went there for a good part of the afternoon. During our time in Kamakura, while exploring one of the many temples in the area, we came across these ferns that caught my attention. I’ve never really been a person to shoot much plant life (other than, of course, the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring) but something about the fresh, bright green of these, mixed with the lovely lighting, found me taking several different photos of them. It probably also helped that I had watched a photography session with Bill Fortney some time in the past, and I remembered him stopping to shoot some ferns, which made for some lovely shots. Regardless, I liked these three in particular, and while it’s probably not the highlight of Kamakura, sometimes taking in the little things is worth it.

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Mist of Enoshima

Last week I got together with fellow photographer Anthony Wood and we headed down to Kamakura and Enoshima for some Spring photography. Unfortunately most of the sakura were well past their prime but we still managed to get some shots we enjoyed, I think. When we got to Enoshima (after climbing and descending untold number of stairs) we settled along the rocky coast to shoot Mt Fuji at sunset and in general enjoy the atmosphere of that area. This kind of place is a perfect spot for using an ND (neutral density) filter, and I’ve always wanted to give one a try – thankfully Anthony had one and let me borrow his for some shots. Now, I’ve literally never used one before this and unfortunately I had forgotten my shutter release which means I was limited to 30 second shots, but I’m still quite happy with how the shots turned out. I can definitely add an ND filter to my list of photography accessories to buy! The only problem I’m really having is this – I can’t tell which I like more, the color or monochrome shot. Which do you prefer?

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Falling Of The Blossoms at Mizumoto Koen

The 2014 Cherry Blossom season has come and gone around the Kanto region of Japan. It was great and I will have many photos to share over the coming weeks, but I did want to share this one I took in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo. This park is actually on the outskirts of Tokyo, and not too far from my home. I had gone by bike to check it out for a future photo shoot I’m looking to do, and was surprised to find the Sakura still looking quite lovely. When I came across this little grove of blossoms, the wind was blowing, causing the petals to begin their lovely descent upon the picnickers beneath. Just another reason Sakura are so beautiful – even when the petals are falling off they are gorgeous!

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/1,8 | 1/3200sec | ISO100 | 85mm

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Kawazu Sakura in Macro

Towards the end of March, just as the Sakura were beginning to blossom, I made an evening trip to Asakusa to see what I might find. As I was walking along the river, I could see some trees across the way that had blossomed quite fully already. These weren’t the typical Somei Yoshino kind you see in Japan though, but rather the Kawazu variety which bloom earlier, last much longer, and have a deep pink hue to them. Although I still prefer the Somei Yoshino, the Kawazu are very pleasant so I headed over to check them out. When I got there, a friendly fellow photographer approached me and asked me if I wanted to try his macro lens. If you don’t know what that is, a macro lens basically lets you get up really close to your subject and still be able to focus, so you can capture small objects in great detail. Now, I haven’t used a macro lens in quite some time. They’re fun and perfect for flowers, bugs, and things of that nature, but they’re kind of one trick ponies – if you’re not wanting to get up close to your subject, other lenses will usually be the better option. That said, they do a fantastic job at that one trick, so I was really glad to get the opportunity to use this one during the season. They really are perfect lenses for the Sakura, although if it’s windy it can be quite a challenge. Thankfully the wind wasn’t too bad at this moment, so I was able to grab some shots I liked. Very thankful to the random stranger for letting me try his lens out!

Macro of Cherry Blossoms

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Skytree Karaoke

Was walking around Asakusa this afternoon, specifically near Sensoji, doing some scouting for a photo shoot I’m hoping to do in the near future. As I was exploring some tiny alleys I came across this scene and thought it was kind of interesting. The alley itself was actually kind of interesting too, full of bikes and various doors going who knows where. Although I wasn’t really there to do any serious shooting (I took most of my photos using my phone), sometimes a scene just grabs you. Especially after shooting so many cherry blossom photos over the last week, this was an interest change.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/3.5 | 1/2000sec | ISO250 | 85mm

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Blossoms Like Clouds

One of the many things I love about Sakura is how there are so many different ways to look at and enjoy them. This shot comes from the same tree as in this picture from a few days back. That one was taken with a wide angle lens, while this was taken with my 85mm (which on my cropped sensor body is a bit of a zoom). Two completely different views, but both just as beautiful as the other. This is another good example, by the way, of working a shot. Don’t just settle for one type of photo. You could be missing out a totally different kind of beauty.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8
Shot Info: f/1.8 | 1/4000sec | ISO100 | 85mm

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A Lovely Spring Day In Satte

Got to spend a beautiful Spring day in Satte today with my family. Satte is in Saitama Prefecture, and although it’s only an hour or two outside of Tokyo, it’s not nearly as crowded but (in my opinion) more lovely than anywhere I’ve seen in Tokyo. Especially mixed with the yellow rapeseed blossoms, the large number of Sakura lining the main strip is just a beautiful. It was a lovely day, and I was so glad to get to spend it with my family!

Camera: iPhone 4S
Shot Info: Edited w/ Snapseed for iOS

Photo of Satte Japan

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