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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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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
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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May 1, 2006

Manual Purification

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 50mm f/1.4 (75 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/800 s @ f/2.8
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 100

From visiting dear Ozu-san, we performed the Kamakura traditional visit to the Daibutsu. Here my brother purifies his hands, never flinching to take off the iPod. He wasn't alone. We truly have become a society of people devoting continuously partial attention to everything.

 

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April 30, 2006

California High Desert, Two

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 89 / 100 ISO

Taken outside of Lancaster, California in a remote field of poppies accessible down a lonely dirt road.

My brother and I skipped through this field. In our best Wicket Witch of the West voice remarked over and over, "Poppies! Poppies! Poppies!!!"

 

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April 29, 2006

California High Desert, One

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 89 / 100 ISO

Taken outside of Lancaster, California in the high desert.

During the spring time, the high desert is so colorful and awe inspiring that no matter the window you put to the world it still looks impressive.

A funny little story from this field: after I took this shot my brother wanted to take one as well. I gave him the camera and started to walk back towards the car, a distance of perhaps 100 meters. The wind was cold and strong and I didn't want to risk having the wind snatch any trash from my hand into this beautiful country and the car offered perfect shelter in which to dispose of the rather wasteful Polaroid 80 process.

My brother came back to the car, unopened and developing Polaroid exposure in hand but with no camera! He had left it among the poppies! We had to carefully retrace our steps on the trailless land looking for this grouping of scrub in order to find where he set down the camera. Ha ha.

My brother and I could loose anything anywhere. It runs in the family. Once he managed to leave two meter and a half walking sticks that we had just used to climb mount Fuji with on a bullet train destined for Akita after we had just disembarked in Tokyo. Surprisingly, due mostly to the attentiveness of the Japanese cleaning crew, we got them back later that same day!

Similarly, I had once left my camera bag with about US$5,000 worth of equipment in it in a park full of "troubled" drunk and drinking Japanese youth at 1:00am. After having walked back a half-mile to the apartment in which we were staying, laying down to rest, I awoke at 2:00 am to realized my error! I returned only to find that a group of mean looking kids had been watching it for me, just in case somebody dishonest would have been interested in taking it. My brother and I owe a lot to the honesty of the Japanese and the emptiness of the high desert.

 

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