Made by you and I

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

Buddha in the woods

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
Yasukuni Shrine summer festival

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.

From an distance and up close

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The heart of a temples the image of the deity within. Imagine the journey which brings you to Kamakura. The massive gate when you arrive. You cross the threshold and in the distance is the temple and within in the spirit with which you came to commune.

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Summer couples

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In the hot summer with broad hats and lose fitting clothing you might find a an older couple in repose. A temple in the distance. A slight rustling in the trees. A small crested bird gliding by.

I took this photo on a tripod for 30 seconds with several neutral density filters. I toned down the highlights in the greens and brought up the highlights overall. I’m surprised how much like a painting this looks like. Because the couple wasn’t perfectly still they blur enhancing the painterly effect. I converted it to black and white as well. Tell me which one you like best. temple with color enhancement (1 of 1)

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Tomato Tart Tatin with goats cheese, fresh herbs and a Bloody Mary Granita


I don’t reblog enough.

This post is inspiring in many ways. The narrative, the photography, the recipe. A lot of work went into making this. I hope you check it out.

Originally posted on ice cream magazine:

©  bloody mary granita tomato granita  ©

The wedding of a widowed osteopath marrying a biochemist. He being a first timer, an amateur ventriloquist, an amputee. Creepy Church, begat an organist, a burly lass with a grimacing face, huge bouffant hair, who wore wall to wall tartan. She entered the Church carrying a large, purple velvet goat, her music case, quite obviously?

“Conspicuously absent isn’t he?” “Oh, where’s the Groom.” “There’s a wildly held belief that the Groom should be in attendance” said a loud buffoon. Another hooray heckler boomed “There’s been a misunderstanding the Groom will not be attending today’s wedding”. “He’s swiveled on his heels, sorry heel and legged it” ironically chortled another of the Am-Dram set.

The Bride, wearing an unflattering meringue-of-a-frock, arrived to the theme music from Mission Impossible, accompanied by anticipated, yet unbridled laughter. The flush faced groom popped up, grabbing the air like badly manipulated marionette from his assumed position…

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Canon and Hotoke-sama, Kamakura

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This weekend I went to Kamakura to practice my photography. Here are images from one temple, details of the Buddha (Hotokesama/Sidhartha) and the most famous bodhisattva, Canon.

(The Buddha is an individual who achieves nirvana and is no longer part of our world while a bodhisattva is an individual who reached nirvana but choses to stay in this realm to help others follow the Buddhist path.)

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