Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Angles

Not sure why, but was severely lacking in energy today and didn't feel like walking around too much. In fact, I only took some photos during my lunch break which is where I got this shot for the #creative366project .

It's not much to look at, but I was attracted to the angles here, as well as that ray of light coming down from the right.

Definitely needing to get to sleep somewhat earlier tonight, so goodnight from Tokyo 🙂

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Psychic Takoyaki Seller (?)

Today's #creative366project submission is of a small place where I frequently buy takoyaki ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takoyaki ) if I'm heading home and in no particular mood to cook dinner.

The owner/seller has seen me often enough – I pass his place whenever I go running (in the warmer months) and he knows by now that I usually order 4 takoyaki, with mayo, no chopsticks, and sometimes no plastic bag. 🙂

Funny thing is – apparently he's also some kind of psychic!

I randomly came across this clip online (I think it was posted on Japanprobe) and couldn't believe it was the same place where I always go to! I was very amused (^^)

http://dai.ly/dJRHiT

Maybe one day I'll ask someone who can communicate in Japanese to go there with me and ask him to demonstrate in front of us as well. 😛

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January 24, 2012 – Psychic Takoyaki Seller (?)

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Sno-brella

I didn't take many good shots during last night's unexpected snow flurry. Though it was fun to walk around in, I learned a few things:

1) Taking photos with a DSLR while holding an umbrella is total exercise in frustration

2) A rain cover/water shield for a camera is mandatory while taking photos in the snow (+Jason Arney already told me this, but after last night, I can fully appreciate this advice)

3) Those cheapie 500 yen brollies one gets at the combini are just what they are – cheap, both in price AND in quality.

I bought the one you see below yesterday – I'd forgotten my umbrella that morning and I needed one for my walk home due to the downpour of rain that evening. When it started to snow later that evening, I dressed up, grabbed my camera and the same umbrella, and headed out.

After about 45 minutes of frustrating shooting (see item #1), I headed back to my apartment. I noticed at that point how thickly coated my umbrella was and set it down. No sooner had I snapped the shot than the umbrella spoke twisted and the whole thing collapsed – I had to toss it..

Still can't believe how fragile that thing was, but I guess for 500 yen, I can't complain too much…

Kind of hoping for more snow because I'd still like to get out there and practice shooting in it! 🙂

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Snow!

Snow in Tokyo is not common – at least not in Tokyo proper. Further up north there's plenty, but in the last 10+ years I've been here, I can only recall a couple of years where there's been any significant snowfall in the city. And today was one of them.

Actually, today has been a wonky one for weather overall – first there's been rain all day long, then a 5.1 quake late this evening, then this incredible amount of snow, combined with major thunder and lightening.

Given that today's the first day of the Chinese New Year, it would seem that the dragon indeed awakens.

Danbo-kun on the other hand, just wants to get home as soon as possible!

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January 23, 2012 – Snow!

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The Approach

My apologies to those on a slow network – today's #creative366project submission is almost 4MB in size, so I'm not sure how it's going to display for some of you… (and you'll have to embiggen / view fullsize to get the effect)

I was out today for a bit of shopping and while getting ready to board the subway, I noticed that I had the opportunity to photograph an approaching train head-on. No, I didn't jump down on the tracks (I'm committed to this 366 project – but not that committed).

Rather, there was just this open area in front of the train bay that was only blocked off by some railing, so I stood there and waited for the next train to arrive. I took about 10 shots, simply because I wasn't sure which would look best. However, while flipping through them all on the X10 LCD, I realized that it looked like a mini-movie clip, which led me to thinking that I'd try to create an animated gif (^^;

This is just an experiment – I don't plan on doing this with any frequency whatsoever. But, as a "creative" endeavor, I'm pretty happy with it 🙂

G'night from Tokyo!

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January 22, 2012 – The Approach

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Ice

I wonder if my current focus on B/W shots has to do with the weather. Today was not a pleasant day, raining on and off throughout – and it's COLD.

I actually stepped out of my apartment to try and take some photos on the streets around my area, but wind+rain=blurry images (holding an umbrella in one hand doesn't help either).

For my #creative366project submission, I resorted to taking a photo of some ice crystals taken from my freezer. At least it matches the day!

A chilly goodnight from Tokyo to you all 🙂

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The Window is the Eye into the Soul

The quote's backwards, but at least it seemed to be that way to me in this case.

Today I had a chance to visit +Takahiro Yamamoto , just to say hello and see how he was doing. He seems to be carrying on remarkably well, getting around on crutches as best he can.

Even though the hospital he is staying at is actually really nice (it even has a Tully's coffeeshop downstairs!), like most hospitals it's not someplace you want to be in for long periods of time. As things stand, he's been in there for just about a month!

Personally, I think I would be going crazy by now, especially since he's not even able to go outside the hospital. However, he seemed very calm about it though I think I can feel that he will be glad to get out.

As he was showing me around the floor he's staying on, we came to this window which to me seemed to be like eyes, staring sadly outside. It just seemed very apropos to the current location and mood.

Though the windows are fixed, hopefully Takahiro will soon be able to escape.

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January 20, 2012 – The Window is the Eye into the Soul

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Through to Chuzenji

To those of you who have already seen this photo, my apologies, but I'm re-sharing it as my #plusonecollection submission for the G+ charity book being put together by +Ivan Makarov .

This image was taken on a Nikko photowalk last year with a few other G+'ers, and represents what I like so much about the G+ community – that it has given me a chance to get inspiration and knowledge, while simultaneously allowing me to interact and meet with some really cool people along the way.

The goal of this charity book project is to raise funds for UNICEF, and I'm proud to be a part of this.

For more information, check out +Ivan Makarov 's blog: http://ivanmakarov.com/pblog/2011/12/google-book-for-charity-project/

Or, check out the G+ page: +Best of 2011 – G+ Photography Book

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Through to Chuzenji

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Latticework maintenance

Today's #creative366project shot was quite random. I came across this scene when I stepped into the men's room on our office floor for a quick washing up before heading out for lunch. I saw these guys cleaning the windows at the building across from us and ran back to my desk to grab my camera from my bag.

After taking a few shots (hurriedly, because I soon realized that I probably didn't look very decent, taking photos from the window inside the men's restroom), I tucked the camera in my jacket pocket and went to the elevator, only to realize that I had a much better viewing angle from the window there! I spent another 5 minutes or so framing this just right, and was pretty happy with the result.

Good night from Tokyo! 🙂

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January 19, 2012 – Latticework Maintenance

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