In my first catch-up post (of likely a few to come from November), I went on a mini-tour of the Sankeien Garden located in the southern outskirts of Yokohama in early November. My base’s Liberty Center is experimenting with cheap afternoon/morning tours to local hotspots lately, and I am glad to participate in as many as possible for some easy ways to get more photographs and explore my cozy little corner of Japan. Continue Reading
Warmth turning into chill, daylight hours quickly disappearing, and leaves gradually dying off in a burst of color. Sounds a lot like late September/October for a good portion of my readers back in the States. But not so in Japan, at least, in my region. November turned out to be the month that finally forced me to begin to bundle up and alter my outing plans to make up for the temperature changes and lack of sunlight. Granted, my health hasn’t exactly improved from my last post, but I was not about to let an entire change of season pass me by. Despite the exhaustion, I managed to enjoy four separate local trips in Kanagawa, from Kamakura on a rainy day to Yokohama well past sunset.
But, it’s not all sunshine and roses, of course. Since I expended so much energy on just taking these trips, I came back to my barracks without enough energy to actually edit and post any of my photographs. So, similar to this past summer, I now have a decent little backlog of photographs to sift through and post in the beginning days of December. In a bizarre twist of luck/misfortune (depending on how you look at it), an ankle sprain I suffered a week ago will do much to confine me inside to edit to my heart’s content.
I will not be able to stay inside for long, however. Adorama charged me for the shipment of my a6500 today, a camera that I am very much looking forward to shooting alongside my NEX-7 (I may have to pick up that BlackRapid Double to comfortably shoot two cameras). In-body image stabilization, a super-deep buffer, and a touchscreen? Oh, sign me right up!
Otherwise in the photography world not too much has happened in November, aside from the expected Black Friday sales. The a6000 continues to be one of the best deals going in mirrorless photography right now, and consistently stays in the top lists of Amazon’s sales. Still no word yet from Sony on a supposed a9000/A9 camera, though the rumor mill is pointing toward some big announcement in the first quarter of 2017. Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see what this camera has to offer. In the meantime, I’ve got to get back to some photo editing! That’s all for this quick update, guys and gals, thanks for dropping by! As always, have a great day!
P.S. The cover photo is one of the only shots I made during a brief business stop back in the States in early November. Shot in the cozy little Jonas Green Park in Annapolis, MD.
As many of my online followers and subscribers have probably noticed, I was conspicuously absent for most of the month of September. To make a long story shorter, I have been dealing with some health issues that prevent me from getting the energy needed to go out and make photos. What a shame, too, given that September was the last full month of warm weather here in Japan. As the calendar changes to October, I can already feel the cool Fall breeze setting in. With any luck, though, I’ll beat my current condition and get back to my shutter-happy self sooner rather than later. After all, with Fall comes lovely color changes in the trees, and the temples here in Japan are absolutely surrounded by flora! Continue Reading
It isn’t every day that you get to hike up a mountain to see a temple nestled in the clouds. But, that’s exactly what I did during a brief trip in July to Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Japan! In the few days I spent in the city to meet a new friend and explore the area, I experienced enough to make it feel like a nice mini-vacation! Continue Reading
With the entirety of my Kansai trip chronicled for posterity on this site (Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3), I can now move on to tying up the loose ends on my last few bits of photography in late June (hey…it’s my own personal workflow, I’m allowed to be a little behind! 🙂 ). Up for posting today is a quick collection of photographs from my limited free time while on business in Singapore and India! It always pays to bring a camera along wherever you go, as you never know what fun and interesting sights and sounds you will encounter that a cellphone camera just cannot capture! Continue Reading
Just a quick post before I go on another trip, my Laowa 105mm f/2(T3.2) STF lens came in a couple weeks ago. I have not had many opportunities to shoot with it (arrived AFTER I left for Osaka, unfortunately), though I put together this little hands-on to give you all a look at how it feels and operates in the hand. Enjoy!
(1080/60p for best quality)