Been in a bit of a creative rut photography-wise lately, so I've been trying to shoot a little differently.  These aren't my usual nature, or street, or even macro images that I typically post.  But in a way they're also all of those.  These were all taken on the street, just focusing on specific portions of things (so in a sense, a "macro" of a building) ;)

And, you could say that they're part of the "nature" that is in Tokyo.  Most people may not care for these types of shots, but I did get some satisfaction from shooting them, and hope that a few others may as well.  :)

#Japan   #100Tokyo   #abstract  ?

+1 for charity

I know I've posted this image previously – early last year in fact.  However, I've decided to submit it for the +Plus One Collection  project as well :)

You can get involved too!  More information regarding this project can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IvanMakarov/posts/c54Y13Ljif2

The theme this year is "Our World", in the categories "Our Planet", "Our People", and "Our Creations".  This time, the charity being supported is the Samburu Project, which aims to provide clean, safe drinking water in Kenya.  http://www.thesamburuproject.org/

So chip in any way you can!  Submit your images, get the book (or e-book) when it comes out (it's always a fantastic collection of images), or just spread the word.  

Good night from Tokyo!  :)

#PlusOneCollectionIII   #Japan   #Tokyo   #MeijiJingu   #Wedding  ?

Tokyo Marathon

Tomorrow's the day of the 2014 Tokyo Marathon… and I'm participating!  The problem is – I've barely practiced…

I started practicing in the months of October and November, but when the cold weather started, I retreated into hibernation mode.  :P

So we'll see how it goes tomorrow.  I'm sure I can complete stamina-wise – I'm just not certain if I can make it within the allotted cutoff points  (>_<)

Below are shots I took during last year's marathon – if you get a chance to check out the streets of Tokyo tomorrow, you might see similar characters running by (including me lagging behind waaay in the back).

I'm off to bed – need as much rest as possible.  Good night from Tokyo!

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Tokyo is once again experiencing some unprecedented snowfall today, and it's expected to carry on at least overnight.  Snow is still relatively exciting for me to see, and (as long as I'm appropriately dressed) I rather enjoy stomping through the drifts.  :)

It was already snowing briskly when I left home around 6AM this morning, and these shots are just a few images I took on the way home early this evening.  I knew I didn't want to lug the D800e around with me (snow + wind + umbrella + work bag does not make for a stable environment, which is a requirement for that camera), but I dug out my old X10 and had a bit of fun shooting on my way home.

Nothing too fancy, just scenes of today's snowstorm around Jiyugaoka :)

#Tokyo   #Japan   #Snow   #Snowpocalypse   #Winter  ?