“Pink is my new Obsession”

Pink

Pink it’s my new obsession
Pink it’s not even a question,
Pink on the lips of your lover, ’cause
Pink is the love you discover

~Aerosmith

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Ecstasy

Ecstasy

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!

Calm after the Storm

Serenity

During the cherry peak of the spring cherry blossoms, this place comes to live; people gather round to see Sakura, to picnic under the trees on the floorboards to the left of the picture, and there are continuous festivals. There’s just continuous buzz around. After living here for 7 years you kind of get used to it, although you never get tired of it.

After the peak it’s a different story. People leave leaving us permanent residents to get on with our lives, the flowers fall (except for this lonely outcast) and everything turns to a lively green. I grabbed the camera and headed out the other day, and fittingly for a gloomy day there was a general peace and serenity of which I hope I at least captured a little bit of.

It’s a true calm after the storm.

Placid

Placid

A few weeks ago I was in a photowalk with my favorite meetup group, the Night Photography bunch. It was a park near Shinjuku, Japan and some of the maple trees were lit up quite brilliantly there.

We walked around for more than an hour when we finally came upon this lake, where we were greeted with this gorgeous sight. It goes without saying I set to work there, and I especially loved this as there was a lot of water to work with; water always makes for interesting and breathtaking HDRs.

This is 3 bracketed shots (EV0 +/- 2) merged in Photomatix 5, but other than that I didn’t do much processing except for removing the top of a building visible in the background and cleaning up noise in Noiseware.