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October 7, 2006

Pugsly

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CameraPolaroid 101
Lens3 Element Glass
Shutter @ ApertureUnknown @ Unknown
ISO100

I had only exposure of black and white pack film left and was itching to switch to color to try and capture some of the fall leaves and colors around the Winona bluffs area. I saw this little gal and kindly asked permission to take her picture.

 

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October 1, 2006

Entry to Todaiji Temple

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureAperture priority / 1/100 s @ f/5.6
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOSpot w/-0.30 eV @ 100

The weather in Nara was clear and hot. We braved the deer park to see the world's largest bronzed Buddha in the world's largest free standing wooden structure. One doesn't normally think of world's largest when it comes to Japan, do they?

 

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September 17, 2006

Macabre

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CameraNokia 3220
LensCheap Plastic

I'm back from my romp around Europe. Sorry I didn't leave any electronic notice nor post any pictures while I was gone!

Luckily my camera survived during the trip abroad, but I haven't been so lucky 'States-side. I went shooing at the Zoo with my friend Mark the other day to give him some tips on shooting wildlife and it looks like something mechanical in my DSLR has failed. The darn shutter won't release.

This would have been one of those times I wish I could have had something other than my mobile phone to take pictures with. Normally I'm not much for the macabre, but there was something so beautiful and so odd about this poor pigeon.

I was on my motorcycle ascending the Ikea parking ramp when I noticed this pigeon, dead, with its legs akimbo. It was seated as if for dinner, the contents of its stomach torn and poured out onto the street: nothing but perfect kernels of corn. What could have happened to this poor bird?

I bravely held up traffic for a little bit and took a few shots. I wish I would have got in closer.

Something more pretty, I promise, later this week.

 

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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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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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