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July 27, 2006

Mt. Fuji Gotemba Trail Flowers

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/125 s @ f/8
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 100

Evan and I climbed Mt. Fuji up to 3000m. On the way down again I captured these flowers. In the background and all around us is the moisture from a cloud trapped against the side of the mountain.

 

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July 26, 2006

Dawn Breaks Atop Mt. Fuji

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureManual / 1/250 s @ f/7.1
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 100

As Minnesotans, we worried the Japanese greatly by climbing the mountain in tee-shirts and rain ponchos. Old people would stop us and ask us if we were freezing to death.

When we saw ice crystals flying around in the air we stopped for the night.

We we were awoken, this is what we saw. Sandwiched inbetween cloud layers we felt as though we had climbed into a different world.

 

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July 25, 2006

Mt. Fuji Bus Ascent

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/80 s @ f/4.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOSpot w/1.00 eV @ 200

A major goal of mine was to bring my brother to Mt. Fuji and climb the mountain together. We caught the last bus from Gotemba which brought us roughly halfway up the mountain.

From there we made friends with the local outfitter, bought some headlamps, ate dinner and took a nap. We began our ascent at 10:00pm.

 

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July 23, 2006

Melodius Triptic

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 84 / 100 ISO

Joy of joys, Evan and I saw our friends Melodius Owl playing a couple of weeks ago at the Walker Sculpture Garden. I decided to make this fun triptic!

 

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July 3, 2006

Evan Prostrates Most Odd at Tagata-Jinja

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/60 s @ f/3.2
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 1600

Touch wood, get lucky. Pray for my brother Evan. Pray that any received boost to his fertility due to this act does not act before his time.

I asked him to make the look we would want the world to see while performing this act. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the very core of him.

This exposure was challenging. There were some badly blown-out spots on the left that were cropped off this frame. First I processed the RAW file with custom curves to bring the most detail out of this frame. Next, to maintain detail in the shrine yet increase sharpness and contrast on the exterior I applied a mask to the interior and any parts that would blow-out on the outside before changing any levels and finally saving the file.

 

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