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thedjo
7th of February 2007 (Wed), 09:45
The crowds at mame maki
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/athedjo1/IMG_7318-1.jpg

One more shot of the crowds,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/athedjo1/IMG_7321.jpg

There were police standing by everywhere, so i assumed it can be a little bit rough. They make human chains so people at the back can't go to the front.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/athedjo1/IMG_7259.jpg

camilom74
13th of February 2007 (Tue), 05:10
thedjo,
Nice. Looks like fun, I'll have to try next year. How was Hokaido?

freddyco
23rd of April 2007 (Mon), 08:26
Hey, better late than never. I just found this thread.

Just jumping back into DSLR after a 15 year break. I used to actually make money from my shots. Still rusty, but here's a few from recently.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/Out%20and%20about/222.jpg

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/People/shooting.jpg

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/People/rule.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s255/davidinjp/jinja3.jpg

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/EF35mm%2014L/flower.jpg

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/Sakura%2007/smsakura3.jpg

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w40/freddyco/The%20Commute/5.jpg

thedjo
18th of May 2007 (Fri), 00:36
they all are very nice shots!

anybody going to Asakusa this saturday? There is like a festival where all the yakuza's gonna come out wearing their attributes.

It should be fun! I'll be there tomorrow

rssfhs
18th of May 2007 (Fri), 00:43
they all are very nice shots!

anybody going to Asakusa this saturday? There is like a festival where all the yakuza's gonna come out wearing their attributes.

It should be fun! I'll be there tomorrow

Forget Tokyo (except for the cute girls that is)! I'm waiting for you guys to come out here and take some shots of Mount Fuji, the center of photographic interest in Japan.

thedjo
18th of May 2007 (Fri), 13:44
now is about the best time to take shots of mount fuji.
there should be a lot of snow on the top of the mountain.

Here is a shot taken during summer last year, still with a P&S powershot

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/51/193328761_95529e08b8.jpg

rssfhs
22nd of May 2007 (Tue), 22:51
Next week, I am going with the local photography club to take photos of the area around Nikko. We are leaving Fuji June 2nd (Sat.) at around 10:00 p.m. by bus and arriving at Nikko very early in the morning, maybe around 3:00 a.m.

Since most people seem to be in Tokyo, we could pick you up somewhere along the way. The price for the trip is 10,000 yen per person, but for those of you living in Tokyo, I may be able to get you a discount. If anyone here is interested, please PM me. It should be a great opportunity to take some beautiful landscape and nature shots, since these guys have a lot of experience and really do excellent work.

tokyopunk
12th of June 2007 (Tue), 21:37
I live in Shinjuku and work in Shibuya ;)

camilom74
18th of July 2007 (Wed), 20:51
Hi All,

I was looking through my library and found this shot taken from my apartment in Musashi-saki and finaly did some PP. Let me know what you think.

thanks...

rssfhs
18th of July 2007 (Wed), 22:22
It's beautiful! I would crop a little off of the top though. Make it into a kind of panorama. Nice view you have from your apartment!

rssfhs
26th of July 2007 (Thu), 17:13
Hi everyone! Konnichiwa! I'm going with a few other people to Climb Mount Fuji on the evening of Saturday, August 4th. We will reach the summit in time to see the sun rising over a sea of clouds below us and descend Sunday morning.

The following week I am planning two more climbs in Japan; one of the second highest peak, Kitadake. From there you have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. I will stay 2 or 3 nights near the top in a mountain hut and try and get some good photos.

If any of you POTNers in Japan want to join me on either of these climbs, please let me know. Both will be memorable adventures.

camilom74
2nd of August 2007 (Thu), 10:32
Hi Craig, sounds like a blast. I'm actually climbing Fuji on Sept first.
There's a local photographer named Martin Bailey (www.martinbaileyphotography.com (http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com)) and he's putting together a workshop in Hokaido around early Feb 2008. Check out his website to see his work. I don't have any details yet as he's just putting it together. Anyone interested should just e-mail him for more info.

Anyone know where to rent lenses in Tokyo?

swapnali
6th of August 2007 (Mon), 20:15
Hi All,
hope you all are doing well.
I was thinking if any of you are planning to photograph dancing tsurus (crains) near hokkaido? or the bathing monkeys? I think winter is the season for it. I am be very much interested to photograph them.
And yes any autumn trips? if its one or two days long & not much hiking, I may try to join. I am planning to request my hubby to take care of out little one for a day ;)

rssfhs
6th of August 2007 (Mon), 21:49
Hi All,
hope you all are doing well.
I was thinking if any of you are planning to photograph dancing tsurus (crains) near hokkaido? or the bathing monkeys? I think winter is the season for it. I am be very much interested to photograph them.
And yes any autumn trips? if its one or two days long & not much hiking, I may try to join. I am planning to request my hubby to take care of out little one for a day ;)

Hi Swapnali! Just got back from climbing Fujisan. The weather was great, but it was too crowded. Got some nice shots of the crater at the top. Will post them later.

As I said, next week I will be doing a few more climbs. Some easy, others not so. And in Fall I will do some more I'm sure. Hokkaido sounds great, but I don't know if I can make it this winter. If you or anyone is interested in a day climb around here, please let me know.

swapnali
6th of August 2007 (Mon), 22:36
Hi Craig , eager to look at your photographs.

I am not a good hiker . The simplest treck is also hard for me, and with camera it surely is ! so if you have planned anything, let us know and I can decide then. I would prefer walk than climb.

last year I had been to yamanaka ko for 2 days on vacation. The view of mt fuji from some location is great and refelction in morning was amazing too. Can this be done in single day from tokyo? or start at late night and come back to tokyo by after noon?
I would love to see it again. last time I could not photograph it :(

rssfhs
8th of August 2007 (Wed), 09:01
Hi Craig , eager to look at your photographs.

I am not a good hiker . The simplest treck is also hard for me, and with camera it surely is ! so if you have planned anything, let us know and I can decide then. I would prefer walk than climb.

last year I had been to yamanaka ko for 2 days on vacation. The view of mt fuji from some location is great and refelction in morning was amazing too. Can this be done in single day from tokyo? or start at late night and come back to tokyo by after noon?
I would love to see it again. last time I could not photograph it :(

Hello Swapnali and everyone! Our next outing is planned now. We will drive Sunday night at around 10:00 pm from here (Fuji City) for about a few hours to the trail head of a certain mountain which is about 2,000 meters high. We will then sleep for a few hours before making the pre-dawn ascent. Sounds hard, but it's an easy one hour hike and we will be going very slow since we will all have tripods, medium format cameras and lenses. You can be back in Tokyo by Monday afternoon.

From the summit there is an awesome view of Mount Fuji! It's one of the best spots to take photos. Here is one I took from there to give you an idea: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=216120

If you or anyone is interested, there is still room for one or maybe two more people.

Regards, Craig

Livinthalife
8th of August 2007 (Wed), 13:46
Looks you all will have some phenomenal shots! Craig that is one beautiful shot! Be sure to post them.

swapnali
10th of August 2007 (Fri), 06:57
Craig,

That was beautiful shot. Amazing colors!

Sorry I am having office on Monday, and cant take leave:(. because all my leaves are used up for my daughter.

Please keep informing whenever you plan something thogh. May be sometime I will get a chance.

Carlson
11th of August 2007 (Sat), 01:32
I live east on the Chou Line

be glad to meet up sometime to photograph

rssfhs
11th of August 2007 (Sat), 01:44
I live east on the Chou Line

be glad to meet up sometime to photograph

How about tomorrow night? Still room for one more person.

swapnali
29th of August 2007 (Wed), 10:07
Canon 40D will be available in Bic camera on 31Aug for sale and dispaly. The price is 1,48000Yen.

ies photos
31st of August 2007 (Fri), 18:05
I am travelling from the UK to Japan for 2 weeks in November then a week in Hong Kong, so any inside information on Japan would be most welcome!!

Travelling to Fukuoka, Mt Aso, Hiroshima, Kyoto/Osaka/ Mt Fuji/Tokyo/Nikko.

swapnali
3rd of September 2007 (Mon), 20:45
November is a good time. Autum colors can be seen at many places. So plan your trip accordingly

tommy52
28th of September 2007 (Fri), 05:29
anything going on here?
im going to be in japan in novemember.

swapnali
29th of September 2007 (Sat), 08:39
Which part of Japan you will be coming in?
Check the autumn calender here
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2014.html

tommy52
30th of September 2007 (Sun), 04:20
going to be in tokyo for about 3weeks

swapnali
30th of September 2007 (Sun), 12:29
If its end of Nov, you may be able to see good autumn colors.

mkronmal
1st of October 2007 (Mon), 03:25
I am stopping in Japan on my way to Thailand/Burma/Cambodia and was wondering if anyone knows of english speaking guides who have a clue about photography locations? We will be in Tokyo on Nov 1/2 and can probably manage that ourselves. Will go to the tuna auction and then head out to some temples and such, any tips are appreciated!

The big problem is that from the 3rd to 5th (need to be at Narita for a 6:30pm flight) we want to be in teh Mt. Fuji area for landscapes, historical sights, autumn foliage etc. and really need a guide. Most of what I've found a pre-packaged tours for groups. I'd like someone who knows where to shoot the moutnain at sunrise/sunset and where the autumn color is best. Also interested in temples, shrines, waterfalls, etc.

Any assistance is GREATLY appreciated. I can be emailed through here.

Thank you,

Michael Kronmal
http://www.mjkphoto.net

tommy52
2nd of October 2007 (Tue), 04:49
any potn tokyo meet going to happen?

swapnali
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 03:27
I am not sure about the ENglish guide.
check here for tourist info
http://www.japan-guide.com

Here is some more info.
Mt. Fuji: the summit is already closed. You can go to 5 th station, that is half way; by bus from Shujuku (tokyo) Frequency of buses would be very less that time. And most of autumn colors would be gone.

Nikko: Great for shrines, waterfalls and Autumn. I just came from there, and they say autumn will start by 20th Oct. So you will be able to see it. It would be too much crowded. and at some places there would be queue to photograph a waterfall even at 6AM. Also it may be difficult to find a hotel. you must try now. details at
http://www.tobuland.com/foreign/

Hakone may be good place.

kyoto would be great too.

swapnali
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 12:48
I had been to Nikko this week. There are no Autumn colors yet. And it was raining most of the times. But still I was lucky enough to get Ryuzu waterfall & Kegon waterfall. It's beautiful. Here are few photos of Ryuzu
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1243/1490201423_3511785e13.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1233/1490201273_d6a797ddfe.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1045/1490200919_15c06bd6c9.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1158/1490200537_0b7f20a7d0.jpg

Livinthalife
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 16:41
Gorgeous shots Swapnali! Looks like a beautiful area! How was the weather there (temperature)?

rssfhs
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 21:09
Here's one of mine of the same falls.

swapnali
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 23:21
Wow Craig,Yours looks beautiful. Looks like it was sunny when you were there.

For me it was all cloudy. And I had been there twice once at 7.00 AM and again at 10.30 AM

When it was raining temparature was around 10 in night and 15 in daytime. But the last day of our trip, it was sunny. temparture was around 20. But now it must be dropping fast.

The 2nd photo is little bit modified, to show the yellow shades which actually were not so prominent.

rssfhs
5th of October 2007 (Fri), 23:43
Thank you Swapnali! Yours are beautiful too! I had trouble keeping the highlights from getting blown in mine, because of the sun.

Livinthalife
6th of October 2007 (Sat), 09:51
Loved yours Craig, highlights are difficult to watch on those sunny days. Did you use an ND filter?

Swapnali, I guess the cloudy day helped you achieve the long shutter speeds that day! Did you happen to use an ND filter as well?

mkronmal
6th of October 2007 (Sat), 14:10
You guys are making me drool in anticipation of our trip!

JAcosta
7th of October 2007 (Sun), 02:47
Okinawa anyone?

rssfhs
7th of October 2007 (Sun), 03:53
Loved yours Craig, highlights are difficult to watch on those sunny days. Did you use an ND filter?

Swapnali, I guess the cloudy day helped you achieve the long shutter speeds that day! Did you happen to use an ND filter as well?

Thanks Andy! No ND, but I did use a CPL and I shot it at f22 I think, watching the histogram and adjusting the exposure until I got it just right.

swapnali
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 01:32
I didnt use ND filter too. I too did shoot most at F22. I also did some negative compensation in few photos. There was too much contrast. Trees & rocks were dark. And water pure white & in quite center. I was also watching for histogram to avoid over / under exposure.

swapnali
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 01:34
One more thing. I havent use a tripod for these. Unfortunately Its always very heavy for me to carry :-(
I used the railing to support the camera. And sometimes I standed with the support of wall nearby. and Yes the IS helped a lot

swapnali
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 01:34
Have I posted the Autumn calender here?
Here is the Link
http://www.yukoyuko.net/sp_koyo/calendar.html

swapnali
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 01:43
All,
here is my daughter when she was 4 months old.
http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procgserv/47b7d720b3127cce98548b78091800000037100EbuGzZw2bsX

Now she is 9mo.

swapnali
12th of October 2007 (Fri), 01:47
And here is she at 8MO. I took this with the 50 1.8.
I took her photos with 50 1.8, and when I saw then on PC, I was so happy! Now most of the time I use 50 for her photos.
Only problem is she wants to come close to me and see at the back of the camera, as she knows she can see something bright there!!! I really have to push her back to get some good snaps
http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procgserv/47b7d720b3127cce98548b5c093c00000037100EbuGzZw2bsX

Livinthalife
13th of October 2007 (Sat), 20:43
One more thing. I havent use a tripod for these. Unfortunately Its always very heavy for me to carry :-(
I used the railing to support the camera. And sometimes I standed with the support of wall nearby. and Yes the IS helped a lot

I know the feeling! I finally picked up a decent tripod, too heavy to lug around. Craig is tough! He carried his Bogen all the way up FUJI! ;)

BTW daughter is gorgeous! I think I'm going to have to use the 50 again! Haven't touched it in ages!

rssfhs
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 01:59
Craig is tough! He carried his Bogen all the way up FUJI! ;)


C'mon Andy, don't be so modest! You know you helped me lug it half way up! ;-)

Livinthalife
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 09:02
C'mon Andy, don't be so modest! You know you helped me lug it half way up! ;-)


Not quite that much, but thanks for the credit ;)

swapnali
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 21:27
Wow upto Fuji!
You really seem to be very STRONG!
I can not even carry if for plain walks for long time. Camera bag (20D +17-85 + 100-400)+ Tripod is impossible:-(
BTW what kind of camera bag you please use? I am really searching for a good camera bag which is light but tough! Do you think the bag with wheels will be good to manage?

Livinthalife
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 22:36
I think Craig was using a heavy duty Camping bag. He was carrying 30D w/ lenses, and His NICe Medium Format (which I'm on my way to getting in a few years;) )

303villain
28th of October 2007 (Sun), 21:32
Hey I just thought id bump this thread up a little to see if there is anybody else in Japan? I am heading to japan for a week or 2 in the summer and im looking for any tips you may have!

swapnali
28th of October 2007 (Sun), 22:33
Welcome to Japan!
Which part of japan you are planning to come?
and When?

303villain
28th of October 2007 (Sun), 22:56
Most likely flying into Tokyo and Im not sure if I will be staying there or doing any traveling(im going to be on a pretty tight budget unless I get a grant from school) around the country. Ill be there in June(most likely around the 10th or so) for 1-2 weeks.

ies photos
30th of October 2007 (Tue), 13:26
I depart from London this Saturday! Cannot wait. flying to Tokyo then Fukuoka then train to Aso. Then back to Hiroshima, Himeji, Kyoto, Kawgauchi (sp) fuji then Tokyo for 4 days, 15-18th Nov.

Those waterfalls are superb!

Rhilton4u
30th of October 2007 (Tue), 22:41
Hey guys, you need to shoot more street photos of Japan. There's only a couple of threads when I do a search for Japan in the "Urban" section. Would like to see more. I love Japan's city life - wish there were more photos of it in here. The recent Okinawa thread by JAcosta was a real treat.

Eagle Eye
30th of October 2007 (Tue), 23:44
I was stationed there many years ago right after my first tour in Vietnam. My second oldest son was born there. I was stationed at Camp Tokorozawa in the 602nd Medical company and our job was to transport the medical flight patients fromVietnam to one of the 7 US Army Hospitals. Hearing abut the Cherry Blossoms reminds me of the beautiful base at Tokorozawa and the Cherry Blossom Festival. If by chance anyone has any pictures of that I would love to have a few to enjoy. Your country is beautiful and the people charming. It as a highlight of our lives and we will never forget the Yaksoba (sp) stands in the streets. Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!!!!

swapnali
31st of October 2007 (Wed), 20:53
Hi Eagle Eye,
Nice to read your memories about Japan.
I have not been to Tokorozawa.
but here are 2 photos of cherry bloosom take at another place in Japan.
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=154654&highlight=cherry+blossom+swapnali

JAcosta
31st of October 2007 (Wed), 23:11
Hey guys, you need to shoot more street photos of Japan. There's only a couple of threads when I do a search for Japan in the "Urban" section. Would like to see more. I love Japan's city life - wish there were more photos of it in here. The recent Okinawa thread by JAcosta was a real treat.


Thank you!

tonydee
6th of November 2007 (Tue), 08:37
I'm also an IT geek near Shinagawa station, technically in Minato Ku. :-(.

tonydee
6th of November 2007 (Tue), 08:47
BTW what kind of camera bag you please use? I am really searching for a good camera bag which is light but tough! Do you think the bag with wheels will be good to manage?

Don't know if you're still searching... but I've been pretty happy with my humble Photoland bag... they retail at about 1 man, but you can pick them up at Bic or Yodobashi for under 6 sen. They're suprisingly tough: I've been dragging around all my kit (which includes unlisted Canon 2x tele-converter and a "25" extension tube, filters, and note the heavy 70-200 f2.8 IS) and 1kg tripod on the side - it's heavy, but the bag's been up to it. Think your current kit's a bit less bulky - imagine it'd be ideal. One issue though is there's no rain cover. No wheels either. Nikon bag seems a good value option for wheels (under 2 man and seemingly well made), but not sure if it'd be as comfortable when used as a tripod.

Cheers, Tony

KimLeece
6th of November 2007 (Tue), 08:51
Hmmm.....just saw this thread so I thought I'd check in. I live in Fukuoka prefecture. I'll have to read through the rest of the thread tomorrow and see if anyone else is close. It's late now!

ricoche
15th of November 2007 (Thu), 06:07
Hello,

I do a lot of photoshoots in the Tokyo, Yokohama, and Nagano city areas. I've been living in Japan now for almost 15 years. I enjoy all types of photography, but mostly street work and location model shoots. My wife owns a couple of hair salons in Nagano city so we often use them for prep work. Japan is a fabulous place for photography and I find something to shoot almost every single day when I am out and about. Feel free to contact me anytime if anyone has any questions about Japan or would just like to say hello and talk photography. Enjoy!

Note I am a Nikon user and don't know much about Canon gear, but I do visit these forums quite a bit because the info here about photography in general is fantastic. Thanks!

Jim :)

swapnali
15th of November 2007 (Thu), 19:12
Don't know if you're still searching... but I've been pretty happy with my humble Photoland bag... they retail at about 1 man, but you can pick them up at Bic or Yodobashi for under 6 sen. They're suprisingly tough: I've been dragging around all my kit (which includes unlisted Canon 2x tele-converter and a "25" extension tube, filters, and note the heavy 70-200 f2.8 IS) and 1kg tripod on the side - it's heavy, but the bag's been up to it. Think your current kit's a bit less bulky - imagine it'd be ideal. One issue though is there's no rain cover. No wheels either. Nikon bag seems a good value option for wheels (under 2 man and seemingly well made), but not sure if it'd be as comfortable when used as a tripod.

Cheers, Tony

Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot. Yes I am certainly looking for a good bag. I will check that bag in bic. Can you please post here a snap of ur bag.
I just noticed you live near Shinagawa. I too live near Shinagawa.

tommy52
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 11:28
ive been in japan for about 2 weeks now, damn its getting cold
i mostly been taking pictures of my kids, thus also making it hard for me to take pics walking around with them 2 :rolleyes:
i only wish i was here during the cherry blossom season, but i mite stop by shinjuku gyoen? see if the leaves are turning red yet..
well heres a few pics i took

a walk down harajuku
http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p552595260-4.jpg

meiji shrine entrance
http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p927930470-4.jpg

train station
http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p623403846.jpg

ricoche
17th of November 2007 (Sat), 18:13
ive been in japan for about 2 weeks now, damn its getting cold
i mostly been taking pictures of my kids, thus also making it hard for me to take pics walking around with them 2 :rolleyes:


Yes, it is getting quite cold over in Nagano City here too. I also understand what you mean about trying to take pictures with the kids at times. My kids love being little models for dad, so it's probably not too much of a problem, but when I want to go out on my own for other photoshoots it can be difficult. However, I've learned now that they can actually help me quite a bit with meeting people and sometimes exploring things that might be strange on my own.

For the past couple of months Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City has been having a ton of "Shichi-go-san" events which I've been hanging out at quite regularly. The other day I met a couple of other photographers and it was fun sharing experiences and photographing the events. We also had quite a few people coming up and asking for pictures and/or practicing their English with us. It was fun to entertain and be entertained especially in beautiful sunny weather.

If you have access to a temple where they do the "shichi-go-san" events, grab your camera and get there fast. There are a ton of great opportunities for taking some fabulous pictures of beautiful Japanese people dressed up with a great Japanese background. It's awesome. Not to mention the opportunities to meet new people so bring some business cards. I can easily get a few clients this way.

Here is a recent shot of my 4 year old daughter Aily wearning her Kimono at the event. Note you are technically suppose to do this with girls at ages 3, 5, and 7 whereas for boys it is age 5. My daughter is 4 here, but her grandmother is a professional Kimono dresser and wants to have the girls dress up every year. My younger daughter Sasha is a little over 1 years old and will start next year.

I guess breaking tradition is quite common so I suppose there are kids of all ages there wearing different styles. Most of the kids were camped out in front of Zenkoji Temple, but I took the girls around to the back to get some shots up by the lanterns. Thanks. - Jim

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2049/1899782034_c4f6422242.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimatwood/1899782034/)

Rhilton4u
17th of November 2007 (Sat), 20:12
Great shots Jimmy! I love those...

I like your work too ricoche and made you a FLICKr contact.

tommy52
18th of November 2007 (Sun), 05:03
wow richoe.. thats a really nice looking kimono.. looks something for an older girl can wear
funny thing, the reason why im in japan is becuz of my daughters 3rd birthday.. so she dressed up in a kimono too..
http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p647793187-4.jpg
rented it for like 200 bucks for a few hours.. i think thats pretty expnesive,, also a few days later went to Studio Alice, to take pics.. omg has anyone been there
prices are crazy expensive...
it sucked the time we rented the kimonos, we didnt have any time for me to try take some decent shots becuz of a restaurant reservation and her and her cousin both turning 3 had to meet the great'granparents while i had to make my friend to airport..
if i knew how expensive studio alice was i wouldve made time..but she wore a more formal lookin kimono at the studio
does the grandmother also do the hair too--
wow typing on these japanese keyboards suck..

btw.. richoe.. do you live in japan or just been here for a while-
and are you a pro photog in japan__
sorry i dont kno how to type question marks on this thing..

ricoche
18th of November 2007 (Sun), 06:21
Hi Tommy,

Thanks for the compliment and the photo you posted. She looks so cute and it's wonderful she has the chance to dress up in the Kimono and participate. I showed the photo to my wife and she mentioned that the style you picked out is quite popular and a great choice. Your daughter is dressed in Orange which I've heard is a popular color for 3 year olds. My daughter also had Orange when she was 3.

The Kimono my daughter Aily is wearing is about 32 years old now. It was purchased by my mother-in-law when my wife was born 32 years ago. My wife said the Kimono was very expensive purchased new. My wife and her mother are licensed Kimono dressers, Make-up Artists, and Hair Stylists. So, in fact they did do my daughter's hair and makeup in the traditional manner. It took about 3 hours to get her all dressed from Kimono, Hair, Make-up and everything else. It's quite a test for a 4 year old I must say.

Last year for Christmas, my wife and I took the kids to Studio Alice for some princess shots for the relatives. We thought they did a great job and yes they were pretty expensive. I think we ended up buying a couple of 8x10's and about 10 other 5x7's or something like that. I then scanned them into the computer and sent them off to the print shop to have prints sent to the folks. It worked out well. Studio Alice will give you the digital files after one year, but only the files you bought prints for. So we should be getting the 10-12 original files next month which will be nice.

Yes, I have been living in Japan for I'd say 15 years now. I spent about 8 years in Yokohama, 2 in Tokyo, and now 5+ in Nagano city. I am self employed as an IT Consultant/Programmer working with a company in California over the Internet. I also work as a professional photographer in Nagano, Tokyo, and Yokohama doing location photoshoots, events, and fashion photography for Hair Salons primarily. My wife owns a couple of Hair Salons in Nagano called Magee and Diva. Her mother owns an Esthétique Salon called Tripinn. Both also do professional Kimono work primarily for "Seijinshiki", or the ceremony of Coming-of-Age Day. They usually work all night for several days. They are both quite busy I must say.

Thanks again and wonderful pictures!

Regards,

Jim

tommy52
18th of November 2007 (Sun), 11:41
wow, seems like you got a very busy and entertaining life in japan
i was just at yokohama today. minamimirai, stopped by the museum of art
the special galleries today where of surreal images... definitetly something i wasnt a fan of..
i am planning to move out to japan in april, hopefully thats the good time for the cherry blossoms and weather before it gets too hot..
maybe you can give me a job too :rolleyes:
oh, well.. maybe we can meet when i move there if you dont mind, i always want to jump at any opportunity to learn and awesome site too.

btw for the people living in japan.. do you guys have broadband internet. if so, how much does it cost.. my wifes families house has dial-up and its horrificily slow, seems like its on a 14.4k or something.

ricoche
21st of November 2007 (Wed), 21:10
wow, seems like you got a very busy and entertaining life in japan
i was just at yokohama today. minamimirai, stopped by the museum of art
the special galleries today where of surreal images... definitetly something i wasnt a fan of..
i am planning to move out to japan in april, hopefully thats the good time for the cherry blossoms and weather before it gets too hot..
maybe you can give me a job too :rolleyes:
oh, well.. maybe we can meet when i move there if you dont mind, i always want to jump at any opportunity to learn and awesome site too.

btw for the people living in japan.. do you guys have broadband internet. if so, how much does it cost.. my wifes families house has dial-up and its horrificily slow, seems like its on a 14.4k or something.

Currently I'm using the Hikari Fiber for the Interent. I think I'm paying a couple thousand yen per month and we were able to free installation as a result of a campaign. Broadband should be similar or less? I am not sure as there are a few different companies and they all have campaigns going on usually. I would definitely check around and compare prices. Usually you can get free installation if you get the right campaign.

April is a great time to head over to Japan. Yes, you will be ready to go for all the great Springtime flowers and what not. I think Spring and Fall are fantastic times for photography in Japan. Summer is not bad, but the skies are very overcast and so you have to shoot early morning, evening or wait for the right time. It's all fun nonetheless.

Yes, I'd be more than happy to meet up anytime when you get things settled. Keep in touch and we'll definitely have to think about going out on a shoot sometime. That would be fun. Thanks!

tommy52
23rd of November 2007 (Fri), 03:57
thanks for all the info
and definetly looking forward to meeting you after i move there.
back at home now.. feels good to be able to wear shorts and a t-shirt :)

KimLeece
23rd of November 2007 (Fri), 04:57
A couple from today while I was waiting for my dayghter to finish her piano lesson.

I love the colour of the persimons right now.......

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/KimLeece/Kotake/20071123007.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/KimLeece/Kotake/20071123013.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/KimLeece/Kotake/20071123008.jpg

tonydee
23rd of November 2007 (Fri), 23:40
Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot. Yes I am certainly looking for a good bag. I will check that bag in bic. Can you please post here a snap of ur bag.
I just noticed you live near Shinagawa. I too live near Shinagawa.

Sorry to be slow noticing your request. Here are a couple snaps (that I wouldn't want to post to the critique page - should have taken more effort with the lighting, but I thought the 50mm f1.8 might cope better):

223010
223011

I'll post again with a shot of the top half of the bag and further comments...

tonydee
23rd of November 2007 (Fri), 23:51
Re: Bag for Swapnali:

223016

The bag's pretty strong - copes with all my gear including 70-200 2.8 IS, 2kg tripod on the side, but if you look at my gear list you'll see I'm becoming a hoarder, and it's got a bit cramped so I bought a larger Canon bag yesterday. I noticed you've got the 100-400, so you'd need to put it in the top section as I've been doing with my 70-200. I also bought an etsumi padded "box" (~1000 yen) that fits neatly into the bottom of the top section, can be divided into sections for a couple lens, and the larger 70-200 can sit on top. Works ok. The pocket at front/bottom fits spare batteries, chargers, torch, cleaning kit. The small front pocket's a good size for filter adapters, but I keep the filters themselves in two cokin plastic boxes in the little pocket at the top of the bag: there's a zipper right near the carrying handle and the pocket opens down into the top section of the bag.

The bag's comfortable to wear, and I'd still prefer it to the canon bag when I wasn't carrying everything from 2x extender to fisheye, macro to flash....

Cheers,

Tony

swapnali
26th of November 2007 (Mon), 21:48
Hi,
Hikari fiber is cheaper. But then it is available only if your apartment has that connectivity. Other options are Yahoo BB, ADSL they cost around 5000 Yen /Per month or per 2 months (Sorry I dont remember) Also you can select the package depending on the speed and the price varies little bit. You can also get a IP Phone (for extra very small price) with this connection the call prices to other countries like US, Canada, UK, Australia (many other ) are very very cheap. I remember paying around 9Yen/min for a australia call.

swapnali
26th of November 2007 (Mon), 21:55
Oh yes I came here to post a thing eabout autumn and forget to do that in previous post!!

There is a place called Sengokuhara near Hakone it is a very large field of pampas grass (susuki no basho) It is very beautiful. This is the season to see it!!
You can take a odakyu bus from Shinjuku to Sengokukogen (return trip around 3500Yen)
Get down at Sengokukogen and then 2 mins walk.
Last week I took a Sick leave and went to Sengokuhara!!! it was wonderful.

And Yes Tokyo also started showing colors! This weekend I am planning to go to Yoyogi koen. Will post here if there are good colors.

Now a days I am going to Nishi Shinjuku for office, and wow its all orange and yellow!!

Happy Autumn Colors!

tommy52
28th of November 2007 (Wed), 03:21
thanks for the info swapnali will look into that when i move there.
and yes please post some pics of the autumness
man, i really miss the food in japan.. seems like just everything i ate there is better then eating here

ricoche
28th of November 2007 (Wed), 03:32
thanks for the info swapnali will look into that when i move there.
and yes please post some pics of the autumness
man, i really miss the food in japan.. seems like just everything i ate there is better then eating here

When I visited Seattle a couple of months ago I couldn't believe the sizes of some of the frozen food boxes in the Safeway supermarket. Man, one extra large pizza box can't even fit into a Japanese shopping basket. As many who live in Japan are aware, the hand held baskets in the States are usually the standard size baskets in Japan. It's funny. Food sizes are just massive in the US.

swapnali
4th of December 2007 (Tue), 23:47
Anybody did Autumn photography? Please post it here.
I went to Yoyogi Koen last weekend. It was really beautiful. Full of colors.
This week probably the Gaiemmae Meiji outer garden will be good to see.

ricoche
5th of December 2007 (Wed), 00:52
Here are three viewer favorites from Autumn of mine in and around Nagano city, Japan. Autumn is pretty much finishing up over here now and the winter season is fast approaching. Already light snow in the mountains. Cold cold cold!!!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2308/2079483911_508429ad98_s.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimatwood/2079483911/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2265/2080624084_a0dc1c8374_s.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimatwood/2080624084/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2021/2056945714_c434034239_s.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimatwood/2056945714/)

tommy52
5th of December 2007 (Wed), 03:43
nice pics
its a shame i had to leave before the full colors of autumn came

swapnali
5th of December 2007 (Wed), 20:01
Wow I like those pictures. Especially the first one, its really unusual.
I am still finding time to convert to jpeg and upload :-(

tonydee
6th of December 2007 (Thu), 08:19
Anybody did Autumn photography? Please post it here.


Hope this isn't too many to post... :-?

http://lh4.google.com/anthonypon/R0L8wqVX1iI/AAAAAAAAA_k/rus82rFUFpI/s800/IMG_7764.jpg

http://lh5.google.com/anthonypon/R0L8x6VX1lI/AAAAAAAAA_8/wbY9je3k1pI/s800/IMG_7835.jpg

http://lh6.google.com/anthonypon/R0L9IKVX1qI/AAAAAAAABAo/UqAqlzKErxI/s800/IMG_8059.jpg

http://lh5.google.com/anthonypon/R1LWWGGaJCI/AAAAAAAABOc/YnOx9lP1Pz0/s800/Buddha%2C%20IMG_9438.jpg


Cheers,

Tony

ricoche
7th of December 2007 (Fri), 04:24
Nice shots Tony! I like the first and second photograph the best. I went out again today in Nagano, and for sure Fall is pretty much over. It's now onto snow which will be interesting to shoot.

tonydee
10th of December 2007 (Mon), 10:36
Thanks Jim. Very impressed by your web site... some great photos on there. Especially liked the first two you posted above. Top one made me wonder how many shots opportunities like that I must have walked right past in the last month. Good to know someone's on the ball, and capable to boot. And nice to see a Nikon user not put off by the Canon snobbery in here :-). If I didn't have so much invested in lenses, I might be joining you, especially with the new bodies on offer. Cheers, Tony

swapnali
10th of December 2007 (Mon), 22:32
Hi Jim,
Your website is wonderful. I like all the photographs there. Great work

dandan
12th of December 2007 (Wed), 04:32
wow, i just saw this thread. Im in chiba, went to yoyogi-koen last day before yesterday, might post pics.

if you guys have any more little gatherings or events PM me, i havent gone shooting with other togs in a while.

andrew319
12th of December 2007 (Wed), 11:04
man, I miss Japan!
Going back after finals! wohoo

Carlson
14th of December 2007 (Fri), 04:12
How about tomorrow night? Still room for one more person.

Still around?

ricoche
15th of December 2007 (Sat), 21:42
Hi Jim,
Your website is wonderful. I like all the photographs there. Great work

Thank you very much. I really appreciate the view and compliments.

ricoche
15th of December 2007 (Sat), 21:48
Thanks Jim. Very impressed by your web site... some great photos on there. Especially liked the first two you posted above. Top one made me wonder how many shots opportunities like that I must have walked right past in the last month. Good to know someone's on the ball, and capable to boot. And nice to see a Nikon user not put off by the Canon snobbery in here :-). If I didn't have so much invested in lenses, I might be joining you, especially with the new bodies on offer. Cheers, Tony

Thanks very much Tony for the compliments. I bought into Nikon because it runs in my family when I started Photography a while back. I've since then invested a lot in lenses which you can view the list here in my Flickr Profile: http://www.flickr.com/people/jimatwood/ . I have considered the Canon 5D due to the low noise and full frame capability but the cost of everything keeps with me Nikon simply because I don't really "need" to buy into another camera system yet. Now that the D300 and D3 are out with the expected D3X coming next year, I believe it's probably wise just to hang with Nikon since I have the lenses. Canon is awesome though and to me it really doesn't make much difference. I would enjoy either camera just fine.

I like this forum very much. Although most users are Canon perhaps, I find people talk quite a bit about photography, post pictures, and other activities they enjoy doing. I find some of the Nikon forums to be too much about Gear and rather than just moving on to taking pictures. The Canon Digital Photography Forum is quite refreshing to me.

Thanks again and Happy shooting this Holiday Season!!

tonydee
19th of December 2007 (Wed), 22:11
Yup - that's a mighty impressive set of glass you've collected Jim. Definitely agree with you about the camera being relatively unimportant. I can't remember a single critique ever saying "you really needed a 1Ds for this shot to have been good", but there's plenty of proof that great shots can be taken on humble cameras and dreadful shots on great ones, so it's good to keep the focus off the gear. Anyway, people can always buy into better gear, but educating the eye/mind is not an investment that can ever be rushed, stolen or dropped, or devalued with another generation of cameras. Having said all that, I'm still waiting on the 5DmkII, not so much because it'll be heaps better IQ than my 400D, but simply because as a full frame it would widen my angles, getting more versatility out of my exisitng lenses. Catch you round. Cheers, Tony

swapnali
28th of December 2007 (Fri), 00:16
Hi All,
Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous new year!

Today is the last working day here. I may not be able to login from home, so wishing you all in advance.

So what are photography plans ?

ricoche
28th of December 2007 (Fri), 00:43
Hi All,
Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous new year!

Today is the last working day here. I may not be able to login from home, so wishing you all in advance.

So what are photography plans ?

Happy New Year!!

I'll be pretty busy with several Photoshoots booked in early January. Probably won't look into any gear upgrades until Spring. Other than that things should be busy and fun. Thanks!

KimLeece
12th of January 2008 (Sat), 05:15
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2372/2187016714_a65f7ea66f.jpg

kitacanon
13th of January 2008 (Sun), 10:30
Oh those mirrors...I miss them...I lived in Japan for 3.5 years and loved it...

Livinthalife
14th of January 2008 (Mon), 09:31
In Tokyo for the next 3 weeks, if anyone is interested in doing a shoot or hangout sometime.

swapnali
9th of March 2008 (Sun), 21:56
I added a new lens in my set. 24-70 2.8L
Just received it. Going to test ASAP.
One imp thing - I used to buy everything in Japan Bic camera.
This lens price was 196000JPY + 10%point there (8% if CC payment).
I ordered from Amazon.com It costed me 136000JPY (even after paying by credit card) I also got a 3 filter set , 5 yr warranty, a tamarac lens pouch and cleaning pen+cloth.
It seems to be much better deal. So before buying , check on Amazon.com

Livinthalife
10th of March 2008 (Mon), 00:15
I added a new lens in my set. 24-70 2.8L
Just received it. Going to test ASAP.
One imp thing - I used to buy everything in Japan Bic camera.
This lens price was 196000JPY + 10%point there (8% if CC payment).
I ordered from Amazon.com It costed me 136000JPY (even after paying by credit card) I also got a 3 filter set , 5 yr warranty, a tamarac lens pouch and cleaning pen+cloth.
It seems to be much better deal. So before buying , check on Amazon.com

I know BIC is expensive, but it's great to be able to test the various lenses, hold them, and get that general feel. You can't do that at Amazon. ;) They even let me put the lenses on my camera. How convenient!?

Congrats on the new purchase. I hear it's an outstanding lens! be sure to post some shots ASAP!

swapnali
10th of March 2008 (Mon), 00:45
Thanks a lot.
Yes it is too convenient. and triggers one to do an immediate purchace!! I did that several times before.
Just this time, i tried the lens in BIC , I also tried Sigma 24-70, and then finalize on Canon. Just for checking , I went on Amazon and found so much lower prices. !!

Livinthalife
10th of March 2008 (Mon), 10:08
when I was just in Japan, I think I was in Ikebukuro, and there was literally 3 Yodobashis within 5 min walk of one another. Are there that many big photogs out there? They all had the high end lenses and all!

haisai-ojisan
13th of March 2008 (Thu), 01:58
Haisai~ from Kamakura!
I wish I checked this earlier....I've been searching for photogs from JPN and ricoche is the only one that I knew of until now. Nice to see there are many on POTN!!!

haisai-ojisan
13th of March 2008 (Thu), 02:04
when I was just in Japan, I think I was in Ikebukuro, and there was literally 3 Yodobashis within 5 min walk of one another. Are there that many big photogs out there? They all had the high end lenses and all!

There are photogs everywhere in this country. And very talented ones I must add. As for stores, they're everywhere and it's a surprise that they all can stay open the way they do. I think the sales are crazy though and the same chainstores probably help out the others to stay afloat, when necessary.

Had I known you were here, I would've hooked up. I have relatives in throughout Texas....not that that has anything to do with you being here but I thought I'd throw that in.

swapnali
14th of March 2008 (Fri), 01:43
Welcome to this thread Haisai.
It is really nice people coming together in this thread. I hope to have some meets too!
Kamakura is beautiful place. You must be having some great photos , please share them with us. Sorry to ask but are you Japanese or Gaijin? It doesn't matter in any way, but just though of asking .

BTW last week I went to Yamanaka ko for 2 nights stay. During daytime I just relaxed with my family. But did some photography early in the morning. Went out at 5.00AM on the lake to see the sunrise. Red Mount fuji was really beautiful. and water was still, so got great reflection too. Bad thing there are not too many keepers as I had expected. Too much noise, and some bad focus. Still some really good though. I will try to share soon.

haisai-ojisan
16th of March 2008 (Sun), 19:50
BTW last week I went to Yamanaka ko for 2 nights stay. During daytime I just relaxed with my family. But did some photography early in the morning. Went out at 5.00AM on the lake to see the sunrise. Red Mount fuji was really beautiful. and water was still, so got great reflection too. Bad thing there are not too many keepers as I had expected. Too much noise, and some bad focus. Still some really good though. I will try to share soon.

Thanks for the greet!! I am really enjoying POTN and am hooked. I'm a webdesigner and because of that, part of my job "requires" me to surf the net to keep me up to speed on things! Thank god for that because I can spend good time on this site!!!!

Kamakura has always been one of my favorite places in Kanagawa-ken....or Kanto period. I never thought of living here until my girlfriend and I decided to live together. And we are enjoying every minute of it. We'll see what the future brings because we just may buy...if we can afford it. Even being the halfy that I am, it isn't easy because of loan approval and all that.

Yamanakako~ Oh, I love it there. Was it snowing in the area? And you picked a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some fresh air! I'm glad you got to atleast get a few shots of Mt. Fuji. And to shoot at sunrise....ahhh I envy you! I have never even seen it at sunrise...not that I can remember.

That is one of the hardest subjects to shoot! I often hear "Island weather" is ever so changing and blah blah. That is true, but so is Mt. Fuji weather. My sisters visited last summer and we stayed near Yamanakako up on a hill in a time-share apartment (mansion) on the 9th floor. The view of Mt. Fuji was perfect, (you can see some on my blog and I will post some here soon)! Took a few shots from the room and rushed down to the lake. I think it took us at most 20 minutes to get to that side of the lake. Clouds everywhere and we couldn't even see Mt. Fuji. But of course the rest of the sky was blue.

Livinthalife
16th of March 2008 (Sun), 20:43
There are photogs everywhere in this country. And very talented ones I must add. As for stores, they're everywhere and it's a surprise that they all can stay open the way they do. I think the sales are crazy though and the same chainstores probably help out the others to stay afloat, when necessary.

Had I known you were here, I would've hooked up. I have relatives in throughout Texas....not that that has anything to do with you being here but I thought I'd throw that in.

Thanks! Surely I will be back next year. We are trying to make a yearly trip to Japan for at least one month at a time. Probably be winter when I return! I will be residing in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo. Keep in touch!

Craig (RSSFHS) and I climbed Fuji all night to get some pics of the sunrise from the top, here is the topic. http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=211755

I have some other shots of Fuji as well. If you wanna see, I will share.

haisai-ojisan
17th of March 2008 (Mon), 08:34
Livin, Now that is something that I am not planning on doing (soon anyway).
Climbing Fuji! But I hear the sunrise is breathtaking.
I see you were able to enjoy and get a few shots too....awesome!
Yeah!!! Always willing to see photos!
I especially like the last one on your previous thread.
You can actually see that you guys were so close to the clouds.

Did you get to see the abandoned car up there, btw?
I saw pics of it long time ago and wondered how in the hell it got there.

Livinthalife
17th of March 2008 (Mon), 08:42
When I was there, I didn't notice any abandoned car. I'm sure that will be my only time to climb Fuji, that took a lot out of me!

Here is one of my favorites.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/atgrzymala/Portfolio/IMG_6829Enet.jpg

I actually done some more editingto this one and put it on the wall.

When you going to post some of your work?

haisai-ojisan
17th of March 2008 (Mon), 20:45
What a nice capture...editing or not.
The foreground and fishermen add a lot to this and I like it!
I posted my first thread just lastnight....

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=471006

And will really get started from here on.
Thanks for asking!! I'll try to post tomorrow night.

In fact when I got home lastnight I was talking to my girlfriend about you and craig.
Basically how Mt. Fuji is a climb that a lot of folks want to conquer.
And she pointed out something regarding World Heritages.
Several years ago, Mt. Fuji was declined to be entered as one because it had too much trash on and around it.
So the jpn. gov. probably ordered to clean it up.

Livinthalife
17th of March 2008 (Mon), 21:32
that is a beautiful Castle! I have seen a few in Hiroshima, but nothing like that! When we climbed Fuji, I don't recall there being all this trash. But I heard the same as you.

swapnali
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 00:20
Haisai, thats a beautiful castle.
The fuji picture is great Andy. I really liked the boats in front.

swapnali
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 00:23
Haisai, I went to your blog. Could not see everything as I m in office right now.
But I loved the photo of Taketomi-jima, Okinawa . Just amazing! Can you give some more information about this place? and any other photos you have taken of this place?

swapnali
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 00:31
Reposting photos of Nikko.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1045/1490200919_15c06bd6c9.jpg?v=0

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1158/1490200537_0b7f20a7d0.jpg?v=0

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1233/1490201273_d6a797ddfe.jpg?v=0

Livinthalife
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 10:50
Swapnali, your pictures are so few and far between. but when you post, your shots are nothing less than amazing!!! Just beautiful!!!!

swapnali
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 21:17
Oh thats a too much of praising. thanks a lot.
I post less pictures here, because I dont get time to process and post. thousands of raw photos are just there in the harddisk. Recently even my website is down :(
Another problem is before few months I switched to iMAC. and still there is no workflow set. I tried really hard. the Photoshop Elements 4.0 is not available for sale (at least can could not find it)for mac. they are releasing new version :( So started working in Gimp. there are so many problems. , I havent yet figured out the good tool to download photos raw edit and convert jpg. gimp seems to be not doing it well.
earlier I was using Zoom Browser, so could do all in one. but now I am stuck.

haisai-ojisan
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 22:31
Thanks for the compliment guys!
The Himeji castle is one of the few that actually let you walk through year round too.
Most others only let you on occasion or not at all.
The interior is amazing as well and what genious work back in those days.
Of course a lot of knowledge was brought over from China.
One of these days I have to get my butt over there too.

Man, those are nice shots of the waterfall swapnali!!!!!
I love your capture of the waterflow and the color of leaves.
When I was in Nikko the last time, didn't have the time to go see the waterfalls.
There is just so much to see in Nikko too.

swapnali
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 23:05
Thanks a lot.
Yeap there is lot to see in Nikko. I heard that this is very famous waterfall (Ryuzu) During Spring and Autumn there is always a big queue of photographers waiting for others to finish up! It is very hard to get time for that. And that's true even very early in the morning.
I went there just before starting of season. And reached the location before 7.00AM So could get plenty of time.
The first photo is taken from a little unusual place and not from actual observation place.

haisai-ojisan
18th of March 2008 (Tue), 23:31
Oh thats a too much of praising. thanks a lot.
I post less pictures here, because I dont get time to process and post. thousands of raw photos are just there in the harddisk. Recently even my website is down :(
Another problem is before few months I switched to iMAC. and still there is no workflow set. I tried really hard. the Photoshop Elements 4.0 is not available for sale (at least can could not find it)for mac. they are releasing new version :( So started working in Gimp. there are so many problems. , I havent yet figured out the good tool to download photos raw edit and convert jpg. gimp seems to be not doing it well.
earlier I was using Zoom Browser, so could do all in one. but now I am stuck.

http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Elements-4-0-Mac/dp/B000EJ9W0Q
Not sure if you have a US addy or not but it is available for the Mac.
I see that 6.0 is only pre-order.
Have you tried the Apple store or even Yodobashi?
Apple has been good about carrying software in both JN and ENG.
Never heard of Gimp but I am downloading it right now to give it a look.

Does Canon have a freebie to download RAW data to your HD? If not, iPhoto is capable too and with some minor editing capabilities.
Another software that is not so expensive is Graphic Converter.
http://www.lemkesoft.com/xd/public/content/index._cGlkPTE5Mw_.html

I use this or PS to open RAW and also to see the EXIF.
GC can read and write almost any kind of file type that you can think of....it's a good tool to have even if you don't use it everyday.
I'm not sure of an all-in-one software to do what you used to do though.

As for the photo in Taketomi: If you have not been, I recommend going to Okinawa.
I was never big on tropical islands or blue seas and still am not.
Even to this day, Hawaii is not so high on my list.
But something really attracts me to Oki.
I can't quite grasp it but I'm thinking it is the history, people and prices and the fact that there is so much too see.
Since I am a halfy, the history with the Japanese and also the US invading and whatnot really grabs my interest.
And even the Chinese influence is still visible in a lot of places.
I do recommend the smaller islands more so than the main island.

Taketomi is one of the small islands in the Yaeyama Islands.
It's just right off of Ishigaki....I think about a 15 minute boat ride.
The island is small enough that I rent a bicycle (both times I visited) to see it.
One way they preserve their culture is, they don't allow just anyone to live there.
They actually have a board to elect whether to let Jo Blow live there or not.
The house you build or buy has to meet their standards and policies....you have to have an outhouse....ceiling tiles have to be their certain kind....etc etc.
And in my opinion, that's what makes this the most beautiful island (that I've visited so far) in Oki.
I'm assuming that all of Oki looked like Taketomi at one time but from what I've learned so far, Taketomi is the only one that is making efforts in preserving it.

Man...I could go on all day but I'll stop here.
If you or anyone happens to visit Oki...thumbs up!
My girlfriend and I are making it a yearly thing to visit and we have not gone this year yet.

I'm going to try to post photos tonight when I get home.
I've got some on my blog too.

swapnali
19th of March 2008 (Wed), 01:18
Wow such a quick response. Thanks a lot.
Now thinking if I should buy PSE4 or 6 as I already waited for so many days, and in few days 6 is being release. I just checked the features, seems there are some great features available like group photo one here
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelmac/explore/seehow_groupshot/

I will take a look at GC too, as it seems interesting.

GIMP is freeware. Is really capable for many things. What I dont like is the way it works with raw. also I am not sure if it is a bug or what but the brush or clone tool size I can get upto only 19 pixels. I can not make bigger brush or clone tool.. which is very tiring.

Canon does have EOS Utility. But then you can edit only raw files and convert them.

I also bought a tool called Qpict. it is great tool to download, organize , keyword photos. It converts raw to tiff/jpg too. But again tiff editing is not possible. Since when I started using imac and all these tools, I got all my images rejected from a agency where I started uploading last year.
Previously I was using windows pc and had zoom browser + PSE1.2 came with my camera. that was fine for me.

Taketomi seems like too much beautiful. Really should go there. I would love to see blue sea, I have never seen it yet.


here is my flickr link. You can see few more photos there (not much though).
http://www.flickr.com/swapnalim

hey I just noticed you own TS-E! Wow post some photos. that is one on my list since really long time.

tonydee
27th of March 2008 (Thu), 11:58
GIMP is freeware. Is really capable for many things. What I dont like is the way it works with raw. also I am not sure if it is a bug or what but the brush or clone tool size I can get upto only 19 pixels. I can not make bigger brush or clone tool.. which is very tiring.

The interface isn't intuitive. In the main Gimp window, "Tool Options" tab, with the brush selected, you can vary the "Scale" width multiplier (e.g. a 19 brush with Scale 2 becomes 38 pixels wide).

Alternatively, in the "Brushes" palette you can right click on any existing brush shape, hit "Duplicate", then change the radius etc...

Great Nikko pictures :-).

HTH, Tony

swapnali
27th of March 2008 (Thu), 21:41
Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot :-)
I cannt wait to go home and try this out. This will be very useful as currently all my work is almost stopped.

BTW anybody bought the PSE 6? how is it?

ricoche
31st of March 2008 (Mon), 23:02
Haisai~ from Kamakura!
I wish I checked this earlier....I've been searching for photogs from JPN and ricoche is the only one that I knew of until now. Nice to see there are many on POTN!!!

Nice Blog Haisai. I enjoyed checking it out.

- Jim

ricoche
31st of March 2008 (Mon), 23:05
here is my flickr link. You can see few more photos there (not much though).
http://www.flickr.com/swapnalim



Hi Swapnali,

I didn't realize you had a Flickr account setup. Is that your main gallery or do you have others online? I added you as a contact. Thanks!

- Jim

haisai-ojisan
1st of April 2008 (Tue), 03:35
ricoche!
Thanks for checking and the compliment.
Try to get something up everyday.

And same to you, I saw your site from a previous post of yours.
Very impressive layout and choice of color, especially for the front.
Nice flickr shots too!
I bet being close to the minami-alps makes up for a great subject to shoot.

swapnali
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 22:53
Hi Jim,

I added you too on the flickr account. That is not my main gallary. I have my own website. www.swapnali.com however I have not updated it for many months now. Uploading the images there is too time consuming. as its all a manual task. Recently I am working on using jalbum for my site. But I hate the designs available for jalbum. I am trying to customize some skin to my choice. I will add my new site very soon (probably this weekend)
I saw your website too. It is really impressive. I like the design and photographs both. Did you design it? How do you manage and update it?

swapnali
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 23:06
I had been to Aoyama Cemmetry on Satuday for viewing Cherry blossom.
I did not know cemmetry can be so beautiful!!
Here are some photos
http://www.flickr.com/gp/86635738@N00/80R70F

haisai-ojisan
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 23:42
Hi Swap!
Nice series at Aoyama cemetary.
Nice capture in 7123!!
I like them all!

Yeah, cemetaries aren't the first place you think of.
But I will admit that they are nice for many things.
Several years ago, the girl that I was dating at the time....
We we're paying our respects to someone that was just recently buried.
Well, we did that and we ended up spending the whole afternoon there just roaming and reading the gravestones.
I thought, what a nice place to shoot.
Never got around to it but hope to one of these days.
Your shots are giving me the motivation now!!!

Your site has great shots too.
Which lens do you normally use for the bird shots, by the way?

swapnali
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 02:08
Hi Haisai,

Thanks a lot for visiting my site and viewing the photos.

I saw a funny (should I say that???) grave. The flowers kept in front were all dried & somebody kept a bear can just in the center as if it is a offerring!!!! I laughed a lot when I saw that.I have a snap of it will post later.

Yeap I love to photographs birds but still I do it very few times. It takes a lot of patience and time. All bird shots are with my "All Time Fav" 100-400L.
In Aoyama cemmetry shots, some closeups are also from 100-400L.
This is the "Always Performer" lens for me. Whenever I shoot with it, I get really high number of keepers. Sharp lens!!
I wish I had such a walk around lens!

tommy52
6th of April 2008 (Sun), 04:49
just got to japan... going to be living here a lil while with my inlaws..
hopefully i can get a decent job and gtfo of there tho

hey, what does everyone use for broadband internet? or atleast anything better then dial up.. need to get one for the house, but my wife said the dad doesnt want to change phone company and also theres no cable at the house?
so would we have to get cable tv activated first or something?
also lookin for something priced fairly low.
and does japan have wireless service like clearwire in US?

tommy52
6th of April 2008 (Sun), 04:51
seems this thread has been a lot busier then last year
sucks that i just here and the full blossom of the cherry blossoms are kind of over with..
but still beautiful none the less
so hows everybody doing?.. man its still pretty damn cold for me

ricoche
6th of April 2008 (Sun), 05:06
Hi Tommy52,

Welcome to Japan!

Broadband is something that I think you'll have to ask the phone company about perhaps. I know in Nagano my wife and I had no idea until we started calling a few phone companies and asking what was available. We started with NTT Fletts with regular broadband and then later we were given free installation for Hikari Fiber which has been awesome. I don't know where you are at exactly, but I'm sure something is available. There is also Yahoo BB floating around but I haven't heard much from them around Nagano at least so I don't know if their service has changed. Basically we went with NTT as we had no other choice. The price has been reasonable simply because we've been approached with promos and discounts during the initial stages of laying their network. I think we may have been their test customers or something. It worked out to our advantage I think. In any event, good luck and again welcome to Japan!

Jim

tommy52
6th of April 2008 (Sun), 05:20
thanks jim.
okay so ill tell my wife to call their phone company and ask them first..
what cell phone carriers do you use and why?
oh and let me know when i can come tag along on one of your shoots.
thanks.

swapnali
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 00:06
HI,
about the internet.
You can select any Broadband company. Yahoo BB, ADSL , Hikari Fiber etc. call them get prices and compare which one is cheapest.
They will ask you with telephone you already have. (I suppose NTT ). Then they contact NTT. the NTT person comes to your home and does something with the NTT connection. The telephone line remains same. then you get the Modem and wires by post. You also get instructions about how to connect. I think the phone is connected through the modem. thats all.
The telephone line, number everything remains same.
Further there is a advantage (I know only with Yahoo BB) They have one code like 9999. When you want to make a domestic call, and if you dial 9999 first, then the call routes through Yahoo BB network and price of the call reduces a lot (I dont remember how much)
But dialing such a code is optional.

Another option is buy a wireless network connection and card. em-mobile is one I have been using since last year. They were saying their network will be available in all japan soon. need to check that. Check with Yahoo BB, ADSL etc. compare prices. This may be little costlier and speed not as great as BB connection.

swapnali
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 00:12
Oh yes.
about the cell phone. Softback seems to be better. They have a plan called white plan which allows you to call any softbank phone for free. Also if you happen to go out of country for a while. Softbank provides roaming services in many countries. Ofcourse the prices are very high, but you can have a cell phone for emergency.

haisai-ojisan
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 07:43
Welcome to Japan tommy!
I'm sure you're gonna get tons of photos here.

My view on the net: ricoche's got the best connection. I'm using YahooBB! ADSL. With them (and I'm sure with majority of the IPs) if you opt to NOT have the Digital Internet Phone, then you should be able to use your existing phone and #....as I am doing right now. Regardless of who you use, you will have to pay NTT (for their phone line) as they own all the phone lines. If you have the choice, you may really want consider to go with FLETS Hikari-Fiber and you will save about 1,000yen per month (between phone and net bills) than if you went with an 8mb ADSL. Better connection for a better price. Can't beat that. Plus Flets Hikari Fiber is offering a free installation and 2 months free of charge (you can see the tv commercial right now).

Actually the reason why I didn't go that route (fiber) is because my landlord was not going to allow NTT drill into or open any holes in the walls of this house. I battled with him for almost a month. So, even after trying to convince him that it is the best net connection (even had NTT call him directly and tried to assure him that no damage would be done) and that it would be a selling point to others that try to rent, he said "NO!"

For cell....man that is a toughy. Just because I don't want to start any debates here. I'm not a cellphone expert but in my experiences, I will say....'strongly' say AU. NTT Docomo is strong with gadget-phones and that's what their phones seem to be popular for. Their prices aren't too different from AU but AU's connection is stronger (even stronger than the Docomo FOMA series). Softbank is growing and is getting real popular especially with the younger generation. Their marketing is pretty awesome and like swapnali said, their plans have better prices. But, their signal is the weakest of the three. But my bet is you will probably be happy with either. Also, rumor has it, if and when the iPhone gets here, it will be sold through Softbank.

swapnali
7th of April 2008 (Mon), 09:19
iPhone n softbank I too read the same news somewhere. !!
BTW tommy welcome to Japan (I had forgotten to write it in earlier mails!)
I agree with haisai. Tons of photos here. YOu should plan well for outings and try to see many places.

tommy52
8th of April 2008 (Tue), 00:23
thanks guys.
as far as our internet,, i think my wife said we are gettin our connection from AU, i believe that is the site she was on when putting in the order.
i mite have to get softbank because all of my wifes family has it including her.. so good way to keep the price low for a cellphone.. i dont have any friends here anyway.. so i dont need much minutes.. but i would like to have a phone with a good email/internet plan and also a translator.. i seen some people with.
now i need to find a job :(
and it sucks i came when the US dollar is pretty much its weakest state rite now

swapnali
8th of April 2008 (Tue), 00:46
What kind of Job are you looking for?

tommy52
8th of April 2008 (Tue), 04:45
anything actually... more so a part time job if possible
but of course easiest job i suppose i could get is english teacher.
i got a 2yr associates degree in computer tech. and a spouse visa

swapnali
8th of April 2008 (Tue), 21:30
May be you should check japnese sites or search on internet.
One site I know is http://www.ohayosensei.com/

tommy52
9th of April 2008 (Wed), 03:41
thanks swap

ricoche
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 01:10
Teaching English in Japan is excellent because it will allow you to make contacts and most importantly buy you some time to slow down and have a look at all your options. Part Time English teaching can bring in some pretty good money and also allow you to pursue other interests to help build your career. I have also had a few friends in Tokyo who have been successful with head hunter agencies. They do of course charge a fee or commission, but they do help you find a good job and something you can stick with for a while.

Also, like Swapnali mentioned, there are some great websites that are good for finding jobs. Another one I find great is http://www.gaijinpot.com/. They have a lot of non English teaching jobs that you might score with. Plus http://findateacher.net/ allows students to find you and you can work out of your home or build a business.

Finally, give GEOS a call and ask for their GCI program. It's a program that hires people in Japan to teach at big businesses. It's awesome for getting your feet in the door at some of the big companies. Once you complete a 3-6 month GCI contract or longer with a company, they are free to hire you without GCI. I know a lot of teachers who got hired by Japanese firms through GCI by simply getting hired after their initial contract.

Oh, and you can't rule out http://www.metropolis.co.jp/ which has some great offers at times too. Hope this helps. Next time I'm in Tokyo, I'll give you a ring and we can go out shooting sometime. That would be fun.

Edit, another great link I forgot to mention is http://forums.expatjapan.net/index.php . They have lots of activity on that forum for people living in Japan and trying to make contacts. Lots of experienced business people there.

haisai-ojisan
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 03:49
Hey ricoche...
Are you going to have the chance to take some shots of the olympic torch run?
Not sure if it is near you or if it is going to even happen, but it'd be nice to see some on this forum (hint hint.....like I post a lot).
I would imagine they will do like in SanFran and reroute without advertising.
Anyway, thought I'd ask.
If you do, goodluck

ricoche
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 04:16
Wow! It never occured to me that the torch might be brought through Japan somewhere or even in the vicinity of Nagano. I suppose I should check on that. Yeah, I'd definitely be down for getting a shot of that somehow. Boy that San Fran route upset a few people. I'm not sure if they handled that right, but it was interesting nonetheless. That China Olympics is starting to get a little buzz. I just hope nothing major happens in China. I am sensing lots of drama on the horizon this summer though and if I get a shot of something, I'll definitely post it. Thanks!

I think in Japan they are expecting quite a few tourists and athletes for practice and such. It will be interesting how much of a tourist boom will happen.

tommy52
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 07:03
thanks guys, this so far seems to be the best place for me to get help...lol
as far as those jobsites .. gaijinpot seems a little too busy.. everyjob i applied for theres already been like 200-500 already applied.. but of course those are only the jobs in tokyo area that seem to be so popular
that ohayosensei seems really good too
thanks again guys for all the help.. now since the weather is better.. hopefully i can do a little more shooting

do any of u guys take out ur dslr out when you guys go out at night drinking?

tommy52
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 07:21
i dont think i posted any pictures here in a long while..
heres 2 id like to share
http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p968015162-4.jpg
a picture of my kids outside the church after my friends wedding ceremony back in hawaii

http://tommy52.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p508273100-5.jpg
and one of my first photos of the cherry blossoms...
man.. i wish i was here a week earlier to have been able to enjoy it more..

Livinthalife
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 20:24
Tommy, Got some beautiful kids, and a great shot of the cherry blossoms!

I never got a decent shot of the cherry blossoms. When I go back, I hope to get somethign good as yours.

ricoche
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 20:32
Wonderful kids you have there Tommy. I also am thankful for your Cherry Blossom shot. The Cherry Blossoms really suck this year in Nagano City. The weather has been wet, rainy, cold, and windy with no end in site. However, it might actually be nice today. We'll see. Forcast is for rain/cloudy all next week so this may be the window of opportunity at last.

A side note to Tommy. I usually take my camera out everywhere with me which includes a bar if I go to one. However, if I know I am NOT going to be in full control of my actions or mind, I usually don't bring it of course. You might say I am always designated driver when I take my camera...laugh.

tommy52
11th of April 2008 (Fri), 21:34
thanks guys , i got a few more shots of sakuras ill try to post later when i get to a internet cafe or my broadband comes in
lol.. sorry to hear the cherry blossoms sucked in nagano.. but my wifes sister said the full blossom was over before i came.. so it must be rediculously beautiful when its in full blossom
all my friends back at home wish they could see the sakuras too
as for the picture of my kids,, thanks...i feel that is my favorite shot i took so far since owning my camera.. even tho which isnt too long..
oh, and ricoche.. do you bring out a slingshot or backpack when going out? or jus the camera itself? i only got a few backpacks.. which i feel its kind of a hassle to take the camera in and out.. especially in a quick notice

oh and i am also amazed at everyones plants/flowers just around in their yard and the road.. i guess living in a city in honolulu.. you dont really see that anywhere,. but here i see it everywhere..
maybe there weather here permits such flowers to grow alot easier then back in the tropics?

ricoche
12th of April 2008 (Sat), 02:35
oh, and ricoche.. do you bring out a slingshot or backpack when going out? or jus the camera itself? i only got a few backpacks.. which i feel its kind of a hassle to take the camera in and out.. especially in a quick notice


Right now I use a Red Crumpler 7 Million Dollar bag when out photographing on the street. I pretty much always have my camera in hand with the lens cap off ready to shoot at a moments notice. Lately I haven't liked my process of switching lenses with the Crumpler so I bought one of the Boda Bags that some people rave about this week. It's more of a lens only bag which I think will work well for me as I pretty much only carry 3 lenses at a time on the street. I had a discount code on the Boda Bag in case anyone thinks I'm crazy to buy an expensive bag like that. With shipping to Japan, I needed one. Basically though I like having the camera out and ready to shoot as much as possible. Sometimes during a break at lunch I'll put it in the Crumpler, but most of the time it's just easier to leave it out. When I travel by plane I use a Kata Backpack. It's built like a tank which I like for air travel. For basic lens and gear storage around the house, I use big LowePro Lens Bags that I bought a while back from Kitamura Camera on Sale.

tommy52
12th of April 2008 (Sat), 04:28
ic,, ill look up those bags later when im not on dial up
do you guys still use the regular strap that came wit the camera as well?
i feel its a little too small for me