Couple of weeks ago I visited San Diego for a brief vacation. On one day I went to the San Diego Zoo, which had rather impressive reviews everywhere but was a bit disappointed as it was nowhere near good as they claimed to be.
The next day, we headed for the SeaWorld San Diego, and this time I had my reservations. But unlike the zoo this was totally worth it; they had all sorts of performances with seals, killer whales and dolphins and was simply amazing. This was the show with the dolphins, and I was able to catch this moment which thought was pretty cool!
Lost in Love
This photo took about a month of planning, a few missed opportunities and a whole lot of tries, yet it was all worth it! Absolutely and totally!
Let me tell you the back story; I’ve been living in Japan for 7 years now, and for anyone who’s been here that long the Shibuya crossing is something special. It is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and the atmosphere is simply wonderful. So I had this idea for a while, where I wanted to take a long exposure shot at night with only the subject motionless while all the people who are crossing just a blur. I hadn’t worked out the details yet and nowhere close to making it happen.
Then one day I pitched the idea to Aurora Simionescu who’s something of a creative genius so we came up with this idea where the subject should be a couple, and the photo should express a feeling something akin to being completely and utterly lost in love and time; you are stuck in that wonderful moment while the world around you is moving on.
Then there was the problem of finding people to pose for us; we couldn’t pose ourselves because we needed to see what we are shooting, but then our good friend Amer Kawar and his girlfriend Veronica bravely opted to be our models for the day, and kudos to them for a) being able to stand still for about 3 seconds and b) coming up with this particular pose. It was a brilliant job by them!
And the end result, well, among thousands of photo’s I’ve taken there’s only very few photos – if at all – I’m more satisfied about.
Last Thursday afternoon, I crossed off another item off my bucket list; I always wanted to go see Sumo, but for one reason or another I somehow never got around to do it. Now with only few days left here, I was running the risk of never doing it, but then my good friend Aurora intervened and took me to the Sumo, and it was pretty awesome!
Some sort of opening ceremony-ish thing.
Love how the composition of this one turned out to be.
Game is on! Or whatever the equivalent wording of Sumo.
I was so lucky to get this shot, in this exact moment. The motion blur post processing helped, I think.
Another one of ceremonies.
Another ritual. Damn I really needed to have had a guide.
I love the way post processing turned out on this one.
Another interesting sort of angle, I think.
Me trying to be artistic.
The day’s winner. I think.
My friend Aurora has an obsession with pink. Then, if you’re a photographer and lived long enough in Japan, you develop this fascination with Mt. Fuji. So when we went to the Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri, near Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan, Aurora could hardly contain herself. As you can clearly see!
Astrophysicist, fellow photographer and good friend Aurora Simionescu has an obsession; pink. So when she was in the Shibazakura garden in Hitsujiyama, Japan, she was really actually in Aurora heaven. And it shows.
Embracing the Universe
During the last weekend I headed to the Niijima Island, Japan, for two days of camping with the wonderful folk of the Tokyo Snow Club and it was as good a time as you could have. After unhealthy amounts of food, booze, music and some more, we made a bonfire at the beach and had a great time.
Finally people started leaving around midnight, but my great friend and fellow photographer Aurora and I stayed behind determined to catch a glimpse of the milky way. We weren’t disappointed; after about a half an hour into the mid night the milky way slowly rose with its full majesty and the two of us had a great time time did fly by. In this picture I made her stand her there for about 30 seconds (bless her!) while I shot it, and it turned out quite lovely I think.
As Dr. Neil DeGrass Tyson would say, the stupefying vastness of the universe shouldn’t make us feel insignificant, for the universe makes up for it with the fact that we are one with the universe; we literally are made of star stuff. Knowing that, taking in the indescribable elegance of the milky way is one of the most soul searching experience one could have. And in that regard, I’ve been lucky more than once.