A very few of many sunsets
My first foray into both going off of auto and night photography, came from a desire to capture the Takae Lantern Festival in Nara Japan in 2007. These were taken with my trusty old Canon A510, using ISO 400 and a walking stick mono-pod.
Since then I’ve moved up, a bit, in both camera and skill, but I continue to use a walking stick/monopod and do not use a tripod. It just doesn’t work for me to carry one around. I am still quite challenged by dark pictures, in part because I don’t use a tripod and in part because I use a “bridge” camera, Nikon P610, which has a relatively small sensor so it wants longer shutter speeds and it gets grainy pretty fast at higher ISO settings.
I keep trying because I think night pictures often give you a better feel for the atmosphere of a place than day shots. People are off work and going about their business.
A few night street scenes in China and Japan:
I am often disappointed by the moon. My eye sees it bigger than my camera lens does:
The darkness of the night and motion of the boats in these pictures of cormorant fishing in Gifu, Japan, meant that all the pictures were blurry. I tried a “painterly” effect to make it seem like art instead of just a blurry picture.
I’m not a morning person so I only have sunrise pictures from far away places (where I have jet lag). Here are a few from Kenya.
This is published in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. These pictures were taken on the Peninsula Valdes in Argentina.
It seems to me that the funny way sea lions move on land is a crawl, since they move on their elbow and knee equivalents.
These juvenile hawks were learning to fly over their nest. The wind was so strong that they stayed over the nest, like one of those lap pools with a current.
I am continuing to go through pictures from my January trip to South America. This task has been frustrating because I am trying to make the pictures work for both a slide show (computer screen or TV screen) and in print. It seems like when I get a picture that looks like I remember it on my screen then the colors print out funny, especially blues. Does anyone else have this problem? any hints would be most welcome…especially ones that don’t require any financial outlay.
One thing that makes me aware that I am in Japan is the roofs.
The In Zone mall in Weifang, Shandong Province, China. Even though I am not crazy about modern architecture I have a fascination with its reflective zigzag. It reminds me of a city skyline.
A day late (my husband was off work and I didn’t realize it was Monday) but the post is a response to the two challenges below:
This gallery is a response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs.
“Driveable” depends on your vehicle of choice. My dad and I were thinking about alleys and parking when we took these pictures. They were all taken along a busy-ish street beside the Forbidden City.
I felt almost like a voyeur looking down into these private alleys.
To walk through the gate guarded by the well worn lions seems like a good start for a movie or fantasy story.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week brought these pictures to mind.
Music…all around the world, in many different ways, we all make and respond to music in one form or another.
Inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing
The dragons of this decoration seem to be finger magnets; they are well polished by the caresses of people passing through this not-on-the-attractions-list area. Other parts of the design don’t seem to have attracted the same attention.
People were lined up (more or less) to touch this lion head handle on one of the water vats.
This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touch. These are a few almost quirky pictures I took at the Forbidden City because I found it interesting that people were allowed to touch and there seemed to be a few things they almost couldn’t resist touching.