Flowers

flowers

I am in Osaka for a 2-week visit, to attend my cousin’s wedding. It’s been a long time since I was last here in the hot and humid summer. Temp up to 35 degrees, with 50% humidity, it is not a very comfortable place. But what’s changed since my younger days is my parents’ house is now fitted with air-con units. After spending all day working in front of the old MacBook that’s struggling with over heat, I threw the Fuji and a few lenses into the new waist-pack camera bag. Earlier in the afternoon Fuji’s just published the new firmware for the X cameras, with the kind of improvements that I’ve been waiting for, so I was eager to test it out.

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I also added a rather expensive but beautiful mid-range lens for Fuji, just in time for the wedding shoot and the family shoot that I covered on the weekend before. While I am very happy with the decision to invest in this set of heavy glass, I was keen to get the feel as to how the world looks when I point it at something other than candid look of people around me. I walked 15 minutes to the large park nearby, the park I used to spend almost every evening during my high school year, speeding about on my bicycle, pointing my old Canon at everything from dogs, trees, sunset…

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Who says the smiling face is the best part? I quite liked this texture on the back of sunflowers, too.

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The sun is setting and the sky is not so blue. A little different mood from the familiar saturated blue and yellow…

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Water lilies… People here are very sensitive to the signs of seasons. My dad was the one who reminded me it is now the time of the year for this. They actually open in the morning and close at night, so they are most graceful and full of lovely smell about at the day break. But even in the fading light, standing tall with tightly closed flowers, I think they are beautiful.

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I don’t know when I get to come here in the summer, but next time I’d like to take the long drive I took a long time ago, to the small country town in the north, and walk the evening path to the ruin of the old castle where the fire flies hover in the summer breeze. That’s one for the next summer trip…

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