I took this photo along the shores of Lake Teganuma in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture. That morning my daughter and I had intended to go up to a different lake for the first sunrise of the year, but ended up missing our train and couldn’t go anywhere to watch the sunrise. So we decided to at least catch the first sunset of the year at Teganuma. It was a lovely sunrise, but perhaps after missing something I had been planing for over a month, this photo describes a little more how I was feeling (yes, I am a drama queen apparently). Anyway, I wasn’t actually sure about it when I took it, but after some fooling around with monochrome in Lightroom, I was very happy with the final result.
Also, it would feel wrong not to mention that today is the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan. The earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster have not only destroyed property and taken lives, but have left many people still living with a great deal of pain and suffering. So many lost loved ones, even young children, and it’s hard to imagine the kind of misery they have had to endure, and must endure in some way again each year on this day. If that wasn’t enough, they also bear the remaining struggles of rebuilding and overcome the ongoing nuclear crisis. So I ask today that you pray for all those people still suffering, and for the many workers who have moved into that area to serve those people. One family I personally know is the Straker family, who live in Ishonomaki (one of the hardest hit cities) and do an amazing work there. If you’d like to check out their work you can read some of their blog here: http://www.strakerhouse.com
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/2.2 | 1/2500sec | ISO100 | 85mm