Some very sad news today – Robin Williams has died, apparently by suicide

I've always enjoyed his movies, and despite his manic personality (or perhaps because of it?), thought that he was extremely talented. Apparently he also struggled with depression which, for someone like me who always saw him as upbeat and full of energy, is something which is hard to fathom.

http://news.kron4.com/news/breaking-actor-comedian-robin-williams-found-dead/

Came across this link via pourmecoffee – on depression and getting help.  It is hard to imagine that depression can have such a crippling effect on one's life, but it's important to recognize that it does exist, and one can get help and fight it.

http://robdelaney.tumblr.com/post/414007899/on-depression-getting-help 

#robinwilliams  ?

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BREAKING: Actor-comedian Robin Williams Found Dead
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Officials are investigating the death of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams. Williams was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said that Williams was found unconscious Monday afternoon at about 12:00 p.m. inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Officials suspect the death to be a suicide…

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A bit of silliness

SodidyouhearaboutLydia,shestartedtheSouthBeachDietandOMGsheislookingtotallyfab,andidyouknowthatDavidandMichellearedatingagainbut,like,thatissototallynotgonnalast,andbythewayI'mtryingoutthisnewglossinggelwhichmakesmyfeathers,like,literallyglowand…

would you just shut UP already…

:P

I'd taken this some time ago, not sure what made me remember it today.  Good night all, hope you have a good week!

#silliness   #Japan   #gulls  ?

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Deliberately blurred

Had the chance to see the Edogawa fireworks last Saturday with some friends from work – the weather was ever so much more accommodating compared to the Adachi fireworks 2 weeks ago!

Since I've already taken lots of "normal" fireworks photos, I thought I'd play around with focus blur, just for fun.  It was my first time, and a little harder than I thought since it's hard to focus manually in the dark!  Still, I enjoyed it – though I think overall I still prefer "normal" fireworks since it's less hit-and-miss, especially in regards to composition (most of those shots are greatly cropped)

I'll post the a few "normal" shots later as well, but for now, goodnight from Tokyo :)

#hanabi   #fireworks   #Edogawa   #Tokyo   #Japan  ?

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Philosopher's Tree

I had the chance to go to Hokkaido last weekend, hoping to catch some sunrise and sunset shots, but unfortunately the weather chose to be very uncooperative.  (well, weather and smog).  Still, got a few shots that were interesting, including a couple of long exposures.

As you can see from this album, I rarely shoot LE, so I'm still working out the best way to get rid of the color casting caused by the filter, which tends to make everything a very deep blue.  Still need to experiment and practice a bit more obviously..

Despite the bad weather, I still had a good time – thanks to +Jason Arney , +Agustin Rafael Reyes , +Aaron Tang , +Nithin Selva , and +Kanna Nishimura for the pleasure of their company!

#hokkaido     #japan     #longexposure   #philosopherstree   ?

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Controlled chaos

Fireworks (hanabi) season is starting in Japan now, so you will be seeing a bunch of fireworks photos uploaded by folks in Japan over the next couple of months :)

This was taken at the Adachi fireworks on Saturday – the event proceeded despite a downpour that had all of us totally drenched (we're a little more water-resistant than our cameras, so all rain protection went into keep our gear as dry as possible)

 Fortunately not much lightning, and the rains started to taper off just as the fireworks began.  Big thanks to +Agustin Rafael Reyes and DJ for finding this great spot and holding it, as well as +Giovanni Piliarvu and +Nithin Selva for the pleasure of their company.  

Off to work now, have a good day all!

#Japan   #cooljapan   #100tokyo   #adachifireworks   #fireworks   #Tokyo  ?

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Lightning strikes more than once

Did anyone get caught in today's thunderstorm?  I went out for a jog this afternoon, and literally 30 seconds after I got back home, it started pouring buckets.  Then… the power went out.  It was only out for about a minute, but was the first time that I've experienced a power outage in Tokyo!  

I then decided to grab my camera and try to capture some lightning shots.  Unfortunately, the view from my window is not really ideal since I'm level with the power lines.. :(
But still, it's the first time I've captured lightning shots, and it was fun.  Nature's scary, but also awesome :)

#Japan   #Tokyo   #lightning   #cooljapan   #thunderstorm  ?

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Old, new, and everything in between

Architecture in Prague (and perhaps throughout Europe?) is pretty cool with its mix of old and new structures, homes and apartments rubbing shoulders with ancient cathedrals.  Perhaps a common sight for Europeans, but not something I've observed very much in a metropolis like Tokyo.

Have a good weekend folks, and good night!  :)

#prague   #czechrepublic   #europe   #architecture  ?