I just came back from the Philippines where I spent wonderful fortnight. A few days before the trip, I saw a post on Facebook stream by a friend of mine. Kazu was saying that he was back in Philippines again, and this time staying a little longer than usual so he’d rented a room in an apartment, with a spare couch where a friend was welcome to drop by… A quick message was met with as quick a reply to confirm it was cool to visit. I threw out the clothes and equipment onto the table and floor, and packed.
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It’s been a long time since I last wrote on this blog. These days it is easier to just upload and share on social network. But sometimes, I’d like to share my experiences as a photographer, beyond just the image itself.
I’ve posted an article in my travel blog. You’d know it if you are following my Facebook page or Instagram, but I was in Cairo. It was an amazing experience, and I was in a wonderful place, in terms of my creative state of mind.
Please check out the travel blog article here.
The overnight trip to Nagano was on impulse with very little research or preparation. As it turned out, it was a week before a big festival in town. Had I planned for that weekend, not only would it have been difficult to find a room, the people at inns would have been too busy to deal with me while running the event. The electricity poles along the main street were padded in the morning when I came back to town from the bike ride. It looks like the festival involves some actions. Maybe next time… Continue reading Nagano (part 3) Zukudashi bike rental
Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18mm F2R
On the 2nd day of my Nagano visit, I left the inn before 5am and pedaled in, towards my destination. This is the light I wanted to see at my destination. I was already awake at 4am and why waste so much previous time? A bit too lazy on my holiday mood… Continue reading Nagano (part 2) – Terraced rice fields of Obasute
With my stay in Japan only days left, I keep hearing the words ‘why not make a trip in Japan while you’re hear’ that some people put in there last week. A few pieces of idea linked together, and I was on the morning train next day. Is this the first time I come to Nagano in the summer?
It’s been pretty hot in Tokyo on those days in between monsoon’s rain coverage. Somehow imagining it would be cooler up here in the hills, but the truth was, the city of Nagano is as hot, if not hotter, than the city by the bay. It is only in the high altitude resorts that you get the cool breeze. Oh well…
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July’s monthly outing for the gang of old lens enthusiasts was an excursion to a summer festival in the town of Narita, not far from the international airport. As predicted, it was drizzling from the morning. Since I was traveling 2 hours to get there, I decided to arrive an hour earlier than our meeting time, to start shooting. This was a good move, as the shrines on wheels were still parked in front of the station and were about to start moving when I stepped out of the station. The kids in rain coats were still smiling with full of energy. I put a plastic bag on top of the camera and started shooting. Continue reading Narita Gion Festival
Having just wrapped up my day job this week, I now have no excuse for not heading out to shoot. Adding to that, the overcast mirky mornings of monsoon sky have finally ended, replaced by a classic summer morning that promises a day of strong sunshine. I’m not that good under the hot summer’s sun, actually, preferring to be reading in the shade until the sky is orange in the late afternoon. But not today, I said, or I already had said it to myself last night, as I packed the gear in the tote and filled my new favourite turquoise-blue water bottle with water. I had no choice, really. Continue reading On impulse