Hyperlapse

From my hotel to the Japan Writers Conference at Tokushima University last month. Shot on a DJI Osmo. The section through the trees is the best. The frame rate dropped to about one sixth of a second, which made it blur. I think that’s the secret.

Nearly Full Moon

On the 20th, the moon was full. I had been really looking forward to it. Earlier in the month, I had pointed my camera into the skies and taken a surprisingly good picture of the moon. But it wasn’t full yet. On the 18th, I got a good view. I thought I’d practice for the…

Anamorphic Lens

I bought a lens adapter for a hundred twenty bucks from a company called Moondog Labs. They became slightly famous last year among certain circles because of a movie that was filmed entirely on an iPhone. It was called Tangerine. I haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean anything. What piqued my curiosity was that…

The Moon Through my Telephoto Lens

Yes, I took that with my camera and a telephoto lens. The lens was not expensive in the grand scale of things. It wasn’t exactly cheap, but things are relative. The lens was about three hundred dollars. While the camera I used was a new version, the older version that fits this lens is about…

Nagano

Went away last weekend to Nagano with the fam. I asked them where they’d like to go if they had a weekend and this is what they picked. They picked it because of a TV show, Taiga Drama. It is a period drama, usually with lots of swords, horses, armor, and the like. This one…

Mount Fuji

Fuji. Never climbed the mountain, only looked at it from afar. Feels wrong, having spent 20 years or so in the country. But I do get nearby for work. So I took a detour on the way back home last time. Took a couple of pics from a lake in Yamanashi. It wasn’t the perfect…

Japan is Beautiful

I’ve been writing about how Japan is weird, and how I have come to think of it as not so weird anymore. What I haven’t written about is just how beautiful the place is. I don’t get out enough. I spend a lot of time – like the rest of us – with my head…