Tones: Bridges in Kamakura

To teach myself, I often manipulate the same photograph with different settings. Sometimes I can’t decide what makes one better than another. Perhaps you can help me while I’m away on holiday. God only knows how many photos I’ll come back with. You don’t want me to make a mess of them, do you? 😉 Advertisements

We are raising ourselves out from the mud: Lotus

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… Read More

A walk 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… Read More

From an distance and up close

buddhist statue from kamakura

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.    

Summer couples

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… Read More

Canon and Hotoke-sama, Kamakura

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.)