What a year 2017 turned out to be! Whether it be multiple and varied photowalks early on, three brand-new lens reviews, or even a first-shot at photoshop tutorials, I had a lot of photographs and accompanying edits to go through last year. In addition, the photographic world showed no signs of slowing down as company after company released new and exciting lenses and cameras to flesh out the industry. Sony E and FE mount continues to grow, Nikon is doing as well as ever with the d850, and Canon…well…they’re just doing their own thing. As I often write about in my monthly updates, I can’t imagine we are that far off from getting a full-frame sensor inside a NEX-7/a6500-style body. The technology is almost there, and if Sony can figure out the problem of heat dissipation in such a small product then I’ll finally take the full-frame plunge.
But what about stragglers? As I looked back on some of my previous catalogues from 2017 I found some photos I wanted to share that didn’t originally make the cut in their own posts.
First up, a low-light panorama showing an approach to Osaka Castle that I could only recently stitch together properly, shot back in August:
Nearby in that same week, I finally got to visit the enormous Tōdai-ji situated in Nara Park. Last year I went, the entrance closed right as I arrived! In this panorama, taken from a close angle, notice the relative size of people entering the wooden structure to get an idea of its scale:
Nearby, the “Deer Shrine” Kasuga-Taisha provided a unique panorama opportunity with its multiple winding paths:
On an off-course visit to a cat cafe in Shibuya, I came across this little fuzzball hanging out in the cafe’s manga section:
Near the Hakone Shrine sits a quiet bay where couples often go to rent paddle boats:
And of course, I couldn’t resist getting my own snap of a special someone at the iconic Torii Gate on Lake Hakone:
In the same park as my photoshop tutorial, many other couples were getting their wedding photos made with the late-Fall weather:
By early winter, Yokohama turned into a small winter wonderland with buildings lighting up the night and an authentic European-style Christmas Market at the Red Brick Warehouse:
I even got the chance to put together a couple time-lapses from old files, first from atop Tokyo Tower as well as next to World Porters in Yokohama. See in fullscreen and 4K for best quality:
So what about recently? This particular winter season I have taken it upon myself to get out of my “beginner rut” in downhill skiing. In addition to the thrill of careening down a mountain, most ski resorts also sport some mighty and picturesque views. Due to the risk of some pretty hard falls though, I have shied away from bringing my camera along. After all, even in a protective case, a 10-15 foot fall would surely damage the connection between lens and mount! So, early this season, I stuck with my trusty iPhone to get whatever snaps I could manage.
Sometimes, soft blue skies and shaded mountains filled my view:
Other times, heavy snow created fun but dangerous whiteout conditions:
And other times still, the landscape became ghostly white from the constant exposure:
On my most recent ski trip to Shiga Kogen, Japan’s largest ski resort, I finally built up enough courage to bring my camera along tucked tightly away in my coat pocket. Whenever I came across a nice view, it was as simple as pulling a hockey-stop and snapping away!
With enough luck (and coat padding!), I’m sure my a6500 will make it to the end of the season, as there’s still a fair number of ski trips left on my schedule!
That’s all for this website update, guys and gals. I can’t thank my followers and subscribers enough for supporting me on all things photographic. Most of my website clicks and views still come from my past lens reviews, and the revenue generated from this helps pay for the site so I don’t lose any money. If you are interested in hearing and seeing more from whatever photographic pursuits I throw myself at, feel free to hit that orange “Follow” button on the top right! I won’t be in Japan for too much longer, but I will still capture whatever I can until I leave. The country has been an amazing experience! Meanwhile, I’m going to hit the slopes again and will bring my camera along the way. As always, have a great day and thanks for dropping by!