From galleries to how-tos to one-off images. Everything to do with my passion for photography is tagged here.
It started off as what I was used to for a "Medium". Steep, not amazingly well made, the odd chain or [keep reading...]
One of the local museums recreated the original Hyogo Prefectural Office. The craftsmanship that went into it is stunning, and while it has that beautiful "new wood" smell, I'm sure it will season beautifully in the years ahead.
Hyogo as an administrative region dates back to the 19th Century. It takes its name from the old Hyogo Port, which was subsumed into what became Kobe. The museum's compound is [keep reading...]
After years of looking out my bedroom window at the empty paddy fields, I decided to track them down. [keep reading...]
As someone who creates a lot of images (have you seen my Tumblr?) I'm obviously concerned about stuff getting nicked. Much of my work gets watermarked, but scraping it off is easy. Adobe Photoshop even ships with all you need to do it.
Google has come up with an idea: to embed a watermark deep into the image's code. Yes, images are also code. Each JPEG is a set of numbers that [keep reading...]
As my 3rd Anniversary of living in Japan closes, this is a scene that stands out for those early days. I arrived in Osaka in the middle of the state of emergency when tourism was banned, and we were asked to limit our internal travel.
Living barely 20 minutes' walk from Osaka Castle, it became a regular haunt for our exercise and need to leave the confines of a two [keep reading...]
Sannomiya's Central Street is worth a visit. It's the main shopping mall in Kobe, and the start of an almost continuous 2km long undercover walkway.
However, it isn't a purpose-built mall. Instead it has the feel of a regular street with a canopy installed. That gives it a lot of irregular buildings on either side. Some of these are just a couple of floors, others have [keep reading...]
I go through phases with my photography. Current phase is a return to "slap a 35mm prime lens, set to black and white mode, everything else to manual."
Whatever comes off the camera is what gets used. At most I'll straighten it, maybe add a watermark. And I'm not allowed to shoot the same thing over [keep reading...]
Kobe is a walkable city. If you don't fancy all that legwork, you could rent a bicycle. [keep reading...]
Every time I hear a claim driverless trains or monorails don't work, I roll my eyes. I take one regularly. [keep reading...]
Sometimes I'll go for a photo walk and fixate on a subject. I don't mean I start following people around in a stalkerish way. My focus settles on a particular object or situation, and I start looking for shots [keep reading...]
I always take a photo on my phone. It saves the GPS data, which means I know where I've been. Useful for later edits on photos. [keep reading...]
Tourism is booming in Japan, so it's time to pack that camera and come here for some street photography magic. After all, whose Instagram isn't complete with a photo or two of Geishas, cosplayers and drunk salarymen?
Before you rush off and start chasing the locals (this happens), you should understand how Street Photography works in Japan, what the legal limits are, and why convention and privacy will [keep reading...]