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.
This was a photo almost a year in the making; when I took the first of the four photos back in August, it occurred to me that I could in fact not take one, but four, depicting each of the four seasons.
The fall went without a problem and a cool looking picture in the bag. Winter was what was tricky, for even though it does get cold in Tokyo it hardly snows and even if it does it would at most be a day or two. There are years without no snowfall at all, too. And a picture depicting the winter is never complete without snow in it. So I was eagerly waiting for some snowfall, even a bit, and then… I was greeted with the heaviest snowfall in Tokyo in years! Not bad at all. However, the plans might have almost gotten ruined, for I fell ill during the exact days where the cherry blossoms peaked. However as soon as I was a little better I headed out with the camera and grabbed a decent shot, although past the peak, and thus complete the picture of my dreams.
Seasons in the Sun
This is another shot from the last week’s late night excursion.
When the world stands still…
The other day I was going to meet up few friends for some booze ‘under the skies’, with these being the last days of the summer; you are not going to be able to get drunk outside for further six months pretty soon.
I took out the foot bike and prepared leave and almost as an afterthought grabbed the camera as well. Lucky me. This is the Tama river in Kawasaki which runs close to my house. I stopped in couple of places to set up the tripod and I like how this turned out. There was a very stillness around and I suppose I was able to capture the mood.
The Great Wall of China
From my sojourn to Beijing, China two years back. This is the section of the Great Wall near Badaling, Beijing. I’m so glad I took the time off from work for this trip; The Great Wall is a must if you travel the world, it’s such a mesmerizing experience being up there.
Made by tonemapping a single RAW in Photomatix, then touches in Lightroom and Photoshop.