Monthly Archives: July 2014


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   ?



Going back to Prague, this was a shot taken around the Prague Castle area.  Like the Queen's guard in England, I'm certain these soldiers are well-used to having their photo taken, though I didn't try to see if I could get any of them to crack a smile.  😛

Off to the office – have a good day folks!

#prague   #soldiers   #marching   #europe   #czechrepublic  ?


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  ?


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  ?


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  ?


St. Vitus Rising

St. Vitus' Cathedral certainly stands out, and is even more impressive up close.  I have another shot of it that I'll post later to give a sense of scale.

For now though, gotta rush to work.  Have a good day! 🙂

#prague   #czechrepublic   #stvituscathedral   #europe  ?


Looking up

Just another view of the St. Francis of Assisi church in Prague.  The amount of detail is just phenomenal!  This was the only church I was allowed to bring a tripod in (briefly) since it was at night, just at closing time, and the staff graciously permitted a couple of quick shots. 🙂

Have a good day all!

#prague   #czechrepublic   #stfrancischurch   #europe  ?


John of Nepomuk

There are many statues and displays of this particular saint in Prague, enough so that I actually went to look him up on Wikipedia.  As with many historical figures, there are different stories surrounding John, but he still sounds like a person who stood for his beliefs, and didn't even let a king push him around, so I can understand why he'd be admired.

I think I have another photo of his that I may upload later.  For now though, we're battening down the hatches as a typhoon is supposed to hit Tokyo early tomorrow morning.  

For those of you in Tokyo, stay safe and good night!

#Prague   #czechrepublic   #europe   #saintjohnofnepomuk  ?


T'ain't Pinocchio

Puppet shops seemed to be fairly common in Prague, at least around the old quarter and castle area.  These are not the cute little dolls one usually thinks of though – they're often a little scary, if not creepy.  Saw plenty of witches for example.  Still, most of them weren't quite this big!

#prague   #czechrepublic   #puppet   #europe  ?