November, 2012 Archives

So here is the front and back of the same building with completely different color correction applied. It shows the types of editing I’ve been applying to the photos. I know “editing” is a pretty vague term so hopefully this gives some context. Currently, I’m attempting to mimic other photographs colors i see on inspiration images i find to hopefully figure out what i like and don’t like in order to develop a style. It is very much a experimental process.

As for the location, this was a really cool and renown area in Japan. Any time you see an image of thousands of toori gates lined up in japan it is mostly likely at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (and yes, i took several that i’ll be posting later). However for these photos, just think of them as a giant awesome building in Japan. The colors were really brilliant, vibrant and all around amazing. Ken, our Samurai Tours guide, scheduled us to visit here at the perfect hour. The sun was setting which created some of the most amazing shadows and lighting. However be warned if you visit around this time because there were a tons of mosquitoes feasting. In hindsight, it would have been wise to wear pants here.

Hit the Jump to see the non-color shifted version of the second image.

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This is a slightly panoramic image (if panoramas can have degrees) of one of the rivers of Osaka. There were bridges everywhere, and it was amazing to see the city built around them. Ken, our Samurai Tours guide, showed us this spot to take photos. It was one of his many secret spots to take photos and to see the city. One of my favorite parts was that those stairs just go straight down to the river. Osaka was originally a merchant city that used boats for transport and at locations like this you could really sense that.

So I’ve started to get ahead of myself with editing my photos where I’m going to do some shorter posts of images alone in between my adventure posts. This will hopefully let me align corresponding photos to stories I’m telling about my trip rather than a random image with a stage of my story. It will just require me to do some advanced planning on which photos I post. Along with this site, you can always check my tumblr ( for the most up-to-date photos and general inspiration I find online. There is also a link to just my Japan trip photos on the top of that website (click on “Solo Japan Photos”).

The above photo was taken in Osaka while walking to lunch with Samurai Tours group and shows the fencing they put up at the side of the road for construction. As you can see there are tons of frogs! Frogs are a sign of the rainy season in Japan, which takes place around June and July. We were just out of the rainy season so it was still up, but will be gone in wintertime. It’s pretty fun that they have seasonal themed equipment. In America we could have Frosty the snowman signs in winter.

Summer Season Frogs

Hey! Look at me go, i have more posts. Today’s image is brought to you by the market street in Kyoto. Of course there is probably more than one so if you are looking for this area I apologize and cannot be much more help then this. This market is actually the same location as an earlier photo I posted of a shrine in a market place. There were 3 or 4 smaller shrines around one large shrine and also some robotic machines to buy fortunes. The machines had a wooden robot located inside of the glass container and the robot would animate to bring you a fortune. I was pretty impressed.

OK, after the jump I’ll continue the story and try to keep it pretty short today.

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These are two color variations of the Tree outside of Kinkaku-Ji. I kind of got to a point while editing them where i wasn’t really entirely happy with either and couldn’t figure out what to do to make them better. I’ll probably go back later in time to take a look but right now i’m just trying to get as much experience from different photos to find my style.

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This is a photo of the stone garden of Ryoan-Ji (or at least that’s what the internet tells me. I can’t remember if you need to include the Ji or not. It’s been a while since my trip, guess I’ll have to go back :) ). Hopefully i’ll get to describe more about this after the jump so if you’d like to hear more let’s get to it!

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This is a picture of a mini shrine mixed with several other smaller shrines around one larger shrine in the middle of a shopping district of Kyoto. It was really cool and i’ll  give more information about that market in a later post. What i will share now is just that these little shrines, and that might not be the most accurate word to describe them, were everywhere, and usually not many employees or guards around them. People just came and made offerings and prayed at them whenever they wanted.  After the Jump I’ll continue my story of my first night in Japan, out on my own.

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Hey! It’s Tammy! One of my guides and i believe was responsible for most of the planning on my trip. I could have that wrong but either way she did an excellent job. This is her showing us how to people traditionally cleanse themselves before entering the shrines/temples. You take that wooden tool and scoop some water into it and wash your left hand, then again with your right hand, and then once more and clean your mouth (as is pictured) and then on final time and drip the water down the handle to wash itself off.

After the jump I’ll continue the story from when i arrived at the ryokan sakura house. That’s right i put a link in! Check it out and I highly recommend them. Hit the Jump for the review.

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This is a photo is taken just before the staircase leading up to Ryoan-Ji. This is Tammy, our guide on our first day of the tour and at the first stop on our tour. Many people asked me what my favorite part of the trip was and i really can’t answer because everything was so amazing. I’ll be posting another image of Tammy soon so i will take this opportunity to just post a photo i like and continue on to my story from the airport to how i spent my first night in japan after the jump.

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Well this is a first. I have 4 images to upload and i’m just waiting on type to post. I am ahead of my game! So hopefully you all will get a great week of content. This here is a photo of a lotus flower. If my memory servers me correctly they only are bloomed for about a week and then die. Apparently we missed most of them but there were 2 in bloom where we visited. This one was outside Ryoan-ji.

Read on for my adventures on arriving in Japan, stepping off a plane where you don’t speak the language for the first time is pretty exciting.

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