Japan Photos
Sunrise from NAF Atsugi

Sunrise from NAF Atsugi

Saw a lovely sight this morning looking across the flight line at NAF Atsugi and as luck would have it, I had my brand spanking new 70-200mm 2.8L and 1.4x III! I shot this at 280mm and I think f9, then adjusted the contrast in Aperture to match what I saw. One really cool thing...
Oops…

Oops…

Wow, I really hadn’t realized that it had been so long since my last post. No excuses for it, just an oops moment. So I’ve been struggling with the Lion upgrade and Aperture along with the legions of others using older hardware. I did finally stumble onto a solution that has reverted my machine to...
Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle

A few weeks ago, Toni and I made a trip down to the end of the Odakyu line at Odawara to see the castle and some other assorted places. It was the first touring that we’ve made the time to do in quite some time and it felt really good to get out and see...
Mt. Nyukasa... a journey through the clouds

Mt. Nyukasa… a journey through the clouds

A little over a week ago, I went with my friend, Kelly, and a small tour group to Mt Nyukasa aka Fujimi Panorama. The Panorama promised was not in the cards, however, as the temperature was slightly low and the humidity slightly high resulting in lovely, low clouds. When we rolled up to the base...
A walk to base

A walk to base

Yesterday I took the half hour walk into base, mostly so I wouldn’t have to recover my car later. There was drinking on the menu and due to Japan’s very strict drinking and driving laws, the policy here is literally “one and done.” For 8 hours. So the hotrod stayed home. Walking outside means that...
From Photo to…[insert art noun here]

From Photo to…[insert art noun here]

Within my mind as a photographer and artist, I’ve always been interested in the possibility of a way to expand certain photos I’ve made into a different frame of meaning. To shift a pure photograph into something that captures the essence of what I saw and felt when perhaps, for any number of reasons, a...
A Kamakura stroll...

A Kamakura stroll…

This past weekend, my wife and I took some friends to Kamakura for a bit of walking around and for me, some much needed photo time. Our friends had never been there before and Toni had really only seen the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine and some of the coastal towns between Kamakura and Enoshima. I’ve done...
Tokyo after the last train

Tokyo after the last train

In Tokyo, the trains stop every night sometime between midnight and 1:30 or so. If you’re in town and you miss that last train, you’re pretty much stranded for four or five hours when they start running again for early morning commuters. Normally, there is no shortage of revelers in the Shinjuku area during this...
Last Stop On The Honeymoon: Snow Monkeys

Last Stop On The Honeymoon: Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys, or Japanese White Macaques, are one of the iconic sights of winter in Japan. This was the second time I was able to make the trip to an onsen in Nagano prefecture that is frequented by the local snow monkeys. Unfortunately for me, there wasn’t much snow on either trip and very little...
Noto Peninsula Coast

Noto Peninsula Coast

From Lamp no Yado, Toni and I decided to take a drive along the coast of the northern tip of the Noto Peninsula on the second day. The weather had turned for the worse as far as walking goes, but really not too bad for pictures… at least for the times when the snow was...
Honeymoon Location 2: Lamp no Yado

Honeymoon Location 2: Lamp no Yado

From Wanosato, we trekked north along various expressways and eventually smaller roads to the very northern tip of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. It was a really neat trip through the Northern Alps out of the high passes into the coastal plains on the north coast of Honshu. It was very interesting to see...
Takayama: Day 3

Takayama: Day 3

Our last day in the area, we traveled an hour to Shirakawa-go and the village of Ogimachi, an historic village that is preserved in the traditional look and construction of the Kiritsuma-Gassho-zukuri style of houses. These houses are constructed to withstand enormous loads of snow and high winds that are prevalent in the high mountain valleys...
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