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Jul 17

Outside Studio Ghibli

On our most recent visit to Japan, we visited the Studio Ghibli Museum in the town of Mitaka. There aren’t any cameras allowed inside the museum and that’s completely understandable, so you’ll just have to take our word that a visit to the museum is a must and well worth the trip. I managed to do a little street photography while touring the town and found this joyous face.

Mitaka Japan, 2017.

We are tremendous fans of the films of Miyazaki and the museum pays tribute to both the spirit and playfulness of his films while offering a rich interactive experience. I had a great time playing inside a life sized Neko bus from “My Neighbor Totoro.” My favorite Miyazaki film is “Nausicaa Valley of the Wind.”


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Apr 16

Travel Photography, Cherry blossoms and Ramen

When I travel, I love to get to know people, the land and the culture. Respectfully photographing people in other countries can be a challenging and a topic worthy of it’s own blog. I find it satisfying to take nice images of people and I’ve written previously about my struggles to become a better landscape photographer. What else is there? Well, you could go to festivals and social gatherings, or hang out where people shop and work. One of the ways I like to get to know people better involves going to small local cafes, restaurants, and eateries. Seeing the what people eat and how they eat it goes a long way in understanding who they are and how they live. In this spirit I make it a habit to hunt down local food and eat what the locals eat.

I offer you two images. The first is inside a small sidewalk Ramen shop in Kumamoto Japan. The second image was taken in a formal restaurant in Nagasaki showing cherry blossom infusers used in exquisite food preparation. What do these images tell you about the people and culture? Does me telling you what they are change your impression? In case you are wondering, the food in both locations was outstanding!

Ramen Pot. Kumamoto, Japan. 2014

Ramen Pot. Kumamoto, Japan. 2014

Blossom Infusers. Nagasaki, Japan. 2014

Blossom Infusers. Nagasaki, Japan. 2014


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Apr 16

Nikon Df, long term Impression

The Nikon Df, introduced at the end of 2013 sits calmly in the eye of the storm while megapixel wars and mirrorless insurgencies swirl around it. Still the smallest and lightest full frame DSLR and heir to the vast legacy of Nikkor and F mount Zeiss glass, the Df goes about it’s work taking stunning images and serving as an example of simple traditional ergonomic principles. In the age of the Leica 262 and Sony A7s, the Nikon Df remains my elegant companion. We have traveled the world together, from Battleship Island in Nagasaki harbor to the deserts of Morocco, my elegant companion never fails to excite with superb low light performance and beautiful tonality. The Df is a true travelers camera and after all this time, I can’t imagine using anything else. For more information on my travel kit go here.

Artisan, Kyushu, Japan. 2014. Nikon Df, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, ISO 400.

Artisan, Kyushu, Japan. 2014. Nikon Df, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, ISO 400.

Lone Cloud. Death Valley, California. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 ED VR, ISO 100.

Lone Cloud. Death Valley, California. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 ED VR, ISO 100.

Hakata Ramen Shop. Hakata, Japan. 2014. Nikon Df, Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED, ISO 1600.

Hakata Ramen Shop. Hakata, Japan. 2014. Nikon Df, Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED, ISO 1600.

Restoration. Venice, Italy. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, ISO 1600.

Restoration. Venice, Italy. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, ISO 1600.

Kind of Blue. Essaouiria, Morocco. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 ED VR, ISO 100

Kind of Blue. Essaouiria, Morocco. 2015. Nikon Df, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 ED VR, ISO 100


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Apr 15

New Images and Getting Caught Up

We have been on a bit of a whirlwind recently and lots of exciting things have been happening. First, our hard work as participants in the Richard Dischler Workshops has borne fruit. Both Christy and myself have exhibited our printed work and as a result a number of opportunities have presented themselves. Second, we both participated in a landscape photography workshop in Death Valley, more on that later.

Dick Dischler’s influence on my photography has been significant and done wonders to get me to see differently and recapture some of the magic that attracted me to photography in the first place. He has also gotten me to focus on how my images will look in their ultimate form as prints. Much of my time going forward will be spent not only creating work but mastering to art of printing. To that end we have a new Epson 3880, wish me luck.

Untitled. Hiroshima, 2014


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Mar 14

Getting to Know Tokyo

Tokyo is a wondrous city, full color and light and vibrant energy and lots of people. It is a also a city that honors it’s past and traditions as we experienced at the Nakajima-no-ochaya teahouse in the family garden the the Tokugawa Shogun.

Tokyo 1

Tokyo

Teahouse and Tokyo.

Teahouse and Tokyo.


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Mar 14

Origami Subway Encounter

On our first full day in Tokyo we were learning our way around the city, visiting different neighborhoods. Riding the subway we met a lovely gentleman who was a retired math teacher and really great at origami. He happily put on a little bit of a show for us by creating an origami goldfish.

Origami craftsman

Origami Goldfish

Origami Goldfish