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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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June 26, 2006

Hasdera Jizo Bosatsu

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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. @ ISOCenter weighted average w/0.00 eV @ 200

My supreme apologies for the lack of updates, loyal fans. I guess I've gotten carried away with the summer--sailing, biking, running around. Usually there isn't this much sunshine to enjoy in Minnesota so I've been out taking advantage of it!

Also my supreme apologies for those who hate selective coloring. It's cheesy. But like my father before me when chided for making two many puns he said, "son, I was born to corn."

The little statues are Jizo Bosatsu, the Buddha protectorate of stillborn, miscarried and—later—aborted children. The Jizo phenomenon borrows heavily from Japanese Shintoism and became much popular during the liberalization and legalization of abortion in Japan.

Although critics of the practice label it as emotionally coercive citing temple literature claiming that aborted fetuses and children become so-called mizuko or water-children held in a state of purgatory in the cycle of rebirth unless proper retribution is payed, the shear number of bibbed or adorned statues pays an honest truth to the widespread nature of this practice.

An elderly tourist couple from the UK asked me if I knew what these statues were about. I told her what I could. The woman remarked, "that's horrible, how can a people get so many abortions?" I told her what I knew of Japanese culture up to and including the taboos surrounding various forms of birth control. I guess she was ready to criticize a culture but she herself wasn't ready to have a conversation about the sociological sexual practices of a nation with a stranger because she grew rather red in the face and abruptly hurried off.

 

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May 27, 2006

My First Holgaroid, Evan

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

Evan and I went to Samy's Camera in Venice to try and scare up a new lens cap for my 28-200mm tameron which I lost someplace the night before. I saw a nice display of Holgas and inquired as to if they might have a Poloroid back available. The woman at the counter told me that since they had been discontinued they were becoming harder and harder to find.

A man leaned over to me and said under his breath, "you should call Freestyle camera in Hollywood, I was there yesterday and I saw they had a couple left, but you'd better hurry."

I spared no time and called them just as soon as we left Samy's. The saleswoman I reached strongly urged me to put my name on one. Evan and I showed up at Freestyle the following morning to pick it up.

When we arrived, a different saleswoman took it up to the cash register and remarked, "you know this is the last one, right? We are the only importer of these from Japan in the country and this is the last one, that's it, and you've got it."

She proceeded to open the packaging and showed me everything there was to know about the back. She remarked, "I've turned away at least three people this morning who wanted to buy one, I want to make sure you know how to use it before I hand it over to you."

When I reached my dad's house in Sherman Oaks Evan and I put the back on the camera and I had him pose in the sunlight for a picture.

My dad was highly skeptical of our purchase. After all, it had made us late for breakfast ("everything got ice cold!") but everything was put to rest when we passed this Holgaroid around. This photo is like a combination between my brother and The Unibomber taken by a first year art school photography student. I love it!

 

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May 17, 2006

Hasedera Zen Garden

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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/4
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOCenter weighted average w/0.00 eV @ 200

I wanted to sit down and really just work on one image tonight. I had to resort to resizing this one a little larger for presentation than usual. It just did not look right at any smaller size.

I wanted to take a photograph that I really wasn't happy with but one that I felt would be good to include on the photoblog for continuity and really post-process it the best I could for presentation. I wanted to give it balance. I wanted to give it focus. I wanted to give it interest.

This is one of the front gardens from Hasedera Temple in Kamakura, Japan. The gardens of Japan are so exquisite. Peaceful. Tranquil. Everything looks as if the universe made a mistake in not forming as it is to begin with. Everything in its natural state.

The peace of mind to be had in places like this is real and tangible. It permeates everything and refuses to be ignored. It is similar to the urge to be quiet when walking into a great cathedral, only carved out of nature and in the open.

 

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May 14, 2006

Ira the Chihuahua

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Tamron 90mm f/2.8 (135 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/125 s @ f/5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 800

This is my friend Ira. He's coo. He's coo. He's my dawg, but not my dog. Down with that?

See more here and here.

 

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May 12, 2006

Beauty Out of Muck

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Sigma 100-300mm f/4-5.6 @ 130 mm (195 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/80 s @ f/4.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 200

A lotus from one of the front gardens of Hasedera Temple (???) in Kamakura, Japan. Normally I'm not one much for flower photographs but I was really taken by seeing this lotus about to bloom considering I was in a temple.

The symbol of the lotus is used by many people for many things but one of my favorite usages is as a metaphor for the Buddha. As it goes, how can something so beautiful rise from the muck and mire of human suffering?

 

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May 9, 2006

Inside the Great Buddha

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Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/50 s @ f/3.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 3200

A continuation from Wednesday. This is the inside of the Great Buddha. Here I was leaning against his back, shooting upwards into his head. You can see his ear and the many places where his tight curls emerge from his head. All this for about twenty cents!

I remember a time about three years ago when I came to visit with my friend Jesse. A group of six or seven Japanese high school girls were in here trying to get a photo. When we were spotted, a number of them were trying to figure out how to ask us if we would take their picture. When my friend told them in Japanese that he understood what they were saying and that they wouldn't need to work out the English. He also told them that he would help them. Before he could finish they began to scream and I'll never forget their horrible shrill sound reverberating off of the insides of the silent Buddha. What finally quieted them down was a quick, "shh, shut up!" as he reached for their camera.

 

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May 8, 2006

Loss of Emphasis - Two

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

Normally during the week I don't like to divert away from the travel photos but I fell as though I don't want to break apart this second in a pair of Holgaroid photos.

I actually took this photo first and wasn't satisifed how it was so weighted on the right hand side of the frame (it's hard to frame things up when you don't have a viewfinder!) but the more I looked at it, the more I grew to like it. Perhaps you'll feel the same way. That, and I think it makes an excellent companion to yesterday's shot.

 

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May 7, 2006

Loss of Emphasis - One

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

Down a lonesome dirt road about 45 minutes outside of Lancaster, California we found this structure across from a newly plowed and irrigated field. It was obvious that this structure hadn't been in practical use for sometime. The windows of the building were all smashed in, probably the work of some local kids and a pellet rifle.

A little further to the right there power lines ended but little ranch houses continued. Wind turbines turned to keep these homes going off the grid.

 

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May 3, 2006

The Kamakura Daibutsu

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

We went to go and see the Kamakura Daibutsu. It was my second or third time to go and visit him, but it was a lot of fun to share him with my brother. I still remember my brother exclaiming, "...and there he is!" as we walked up the path and rounded the corner to where he becomes visible.

 

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