Made by you and I

Avian captures

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Continuing my walk through the zoo, I did enjoy the aviaries. There were several. The pens containing the predatory birds were, unfortunately, confining. Whereas those fowl who could live together peacefully were kept in vast aviaries. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

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Advice from fellow bloggers, please

I’m 90% done with my blog re-do. I need to adjust the tags and add featured photos and I’m done, though I might add a page of my personal favorite posts. At the top of the right sidebar are two pics. Click either and you go to a page which lists all of my posts with clickable links (further broken down by subject on that page) and a page of just my photographic posts. (When I start writing recipes again I’ll add a third clickable box for just recipes.)


1) In sorting through old posts I found a lot of one off topics, often vents at something or questions. They have no relation to the overall theme of my blog. Would you delete them, or keep them as part of your blogs history and progression? (This post is an example of the kind of post I’m talking about.)

2) Older posts I’m not happy with and would like to redo, should I delete them and rewrite as I like, or edit those posts as they are? These are mostly posts from which I first made the blog. Now that I have a better grasp at blogging, I know they need a re-do.


3) How detailed do you all go on tags? When I first started I had ten or twenty tags. I’ve tried to keep just three or four. Do any of you have any wisdom to pass along for tagging your posts?


Thank you all!

Simian capture

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On my first date with Hiro he took me to the Osaka Zoo. He had no money, so the zoo was an inexpensive entertainment. Having not been to a zoo since I was in grade school, I was moderately interested — but I never would have gone on my own.

Yesterday I decided to go to the Ueno Zoo to take photos. It’s the first time since that date that I’ve been.

Going with Hiro we focused on each other. Going with a camera I focused on the animals. Generally speaking, most of the animals didn’t seem happy to me, which is the mood I sought to capture with the simians. Can you imagine being kept in a cage or a pen your entire life? Many free-people live a bounded life. None of this has to be: Animals can be kept in a nature enclosure; people can get out of their own enclosures.

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from the darkness

Shinjuku is, to many, the city center of Tokyo, is nearly 100% concrete and pavement save for this large national park which used to be part of the imperial household.


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Stages of life, or family



On divinity

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Walking through Asakusa Temple yesterday evening I happened upon an area cut off by shrubbery. A monk was earnestly talking to two drunkards about overindulgence within earshot. Around them various groups of young men, lounging in a awning overhung with wisteria, were in silhouette. Here within site of her children is a statue dedicated to motherhood. Behind her are two large Buddha (the one to the left pictured below).

One creates life. The other reminds us how to live it.

The statues are adorned with bibs and robes. One reason, I am told, is to honor a child passed away.   asakusa mother reduxxCanon behind buddha golden enhanced 2Canon behind buddha golden enhancedasakusa mother expanded view

Warmth and passion

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Let’s not speak of love, but of warmth and passion; of a crowded city and the young looking for private space to be together. The nights are humid and hot. Pocket parks. The water. And here and there pairs.

I was in the Sakuragicho area yesterday evening with camera and tripod to take those long exposures I enjoy. You can’t see it with the unaided eye, but in the distance the red haze from Tokyo ricochets through the clouds casting a heated backdrop for these young couples. Looking back towards Sakuragicho there were, here and there, benches. And in the cool florescent light warmth.

(There  is minimal editing in these photos. The long exposure has shown me that so much of the world we live in really is painterly, but we’re perhaps too digitized to see it. True, the camera has time to take in and hold more light. However, the next time your out in the evening stop and study the light reflected off the world around you. With the right mindset you’ll see the world painted by light.)

Click the photo for the larger image.


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The magic hour

Can anyone help me work out how to enable my comments? They’re up for the moment.

I finally worked out why my comments are disabled. (explained below)

The ‘Happiness Engineers’ are on holiday, so I’ve disabled the part of the new theme which had deactivated the comment section. 

If anyone knows the answer to my question, you can comment — for the time being. :) 



(sent to the help desk)


I wanted to separate my existing posts into a visual template which visitors could click to be taken to that page. Here’s what I did:

Customize –> Theme –> Team Template Category and Portfolio Template Category –> selected the appropriate categories from the drop down menu.

Once I did that the right sidebar was disabled along with the comments.

I’ve gone into the dashboard down each and every selection on the left to make sure that “show comments” is checked. I’ve gone into the quick edit menu on each post to confirm it’s checked. And of course the screen options at the top of the post’s page. Even though everything is checked, I can get no comments.


1) Is there a workaround? I read that items in Portfolio have comments disabled.

2) Is there some CSS I can add (purchase required) to put the comments back into that posts?

3) If there’s nothing I can do to bring comments back to page once I put them into the template, then is there another option to lay the Featured Image out as a clickable link to the original page?

Thank you,


We are raising ourselves out from the mud: Lotus

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Your body will tell you if you’ve put something wrong into your mouth. I’ve been working on these lotus photographs for a few days. I’ve been practicing different techniques to mould their mood, hand painting each each detail within each photo. Unlike food there is no primal way to know if they’re, well, palatable. So do let me know what you think . Remember, I’ve only been taking photographs since April.

I took these photos at the pond adjacent to the Hachimangu Shrine, in Kamakura. The clouds were just about to burst when I took the first three. It was a sudden, heavy downpour. I waited with camera and tripod under a large wooden awning with other tourists, all sitting silent as the rain pat, pat, pat the giant lotus leaves before us. The pink or white flowers swayed. Turtles broke the surface of the water and within minutes the rain stopped. The air smelled green, the pond looked bright and clean. The walkways glistened keeping us above the mud as we were all back on the path winding round the louts pond.


Note: I’m not sure why, but comments aren’t coming up on my pages. I’ll have to work on this.

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A walk in the woods

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I started this blog almost six months ago. A few months after I purchased the Nikon and two weeks ago I started using Lightroom. I am very happy with my progress. I envisioned a cooking blog, but in photography I’m finding my voice.

As you may have notice I’m redoing my blog. If you click on the menu bar up top you’ll (eventually) get photo links to all the pages I have, broken down by category. I need to go in and edit each post to finish it. I hope to have it done by Monday. In the meantime, if you can give me some feed back on font size, (page) loading times, and anything which might annoy you, I’d appreciate it.

Tonight I’m posting some pics of a walk through the woods and an abandoned building I came across. I set up my tripod, put neutral density filters over the lens, and took 30 – 60 second exposures. I did some tweaking to affect the mood in Lightroom. Then I re-edited the color scheme to change one into black and white. Tell me what you think. What I’m noticing is that the long exposures give the photos a painterly quality, which I enjoy looking at and thinking on.   Buddha in the woods-6 Buddha in the woods-7 Buddha in the woods-8

I interrupt this blog to bring you an import announcement

I’ve changed themes.

I’m can’t find my own content within my own blog. It’s time for an overhaul.

I have no idea how long this will take. Things might be wonky for a while. If you things come up strange on your end, please let me know.



Self portrait: The Distance Between Us

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madebyyouandi.comJuly 13, 2014ISO 10017 mm-3     I invite you to think on the title. By distance I mean to draw your attention to that space between the camera and the subject, the subject and the entrance. I hope that if you notice those gaps you’ll think on the space between where you are siting and where I am posting this. I took several shots but chose this one because the flair and the doors were in alignment along the axis. I cut the flair in half to show two halves of the same thing. The emblem on the door (the Imperial crest) is also a duplicate as are the yellow lights in the distance and decorations hanging from the entrance. In the distance you’ll notice the ‘tori’, another gate to play off the gate at the center of the photo. Duplicity. What you can’t know by looking at the photo is the subject is not me, but a stand in for me. And in a way I as the photographer am the stand in for you the viewer at this event. So the title, The Distance Between You And Me is meant to be ironic in that we are one and the same.


Yasukuni Shrine summer festival
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Yasukuni Shrine summer festival. Taken at a slow shutter speed, it’s hard to see but she is bouncing a tiny paper toy attached to her finger.


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