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Three new photographs in the "Blue World" series
27th April 2011
Three photographs titled "STOP", "Blue Dusk" and "Shiny Wall" were added to the "Blue World" series. Altogether, 19 photographs are in this series. Hopefully, I can have about 30 photographs in this series, not many rolls of 64T film are left in my fridge though!!
New series!!
16th April 2011
I have just uploaded a new series titled Hibernation. All the photographs were taken last winter (2010/2011). I was planning to have approximately 20 photographs, but I only have 16 satisfying ones for now. Almost all the snow has melted around here, so I have got to wait for next winter to come!
Two photographs were added
08th March 2011
"Winter Barn" and "Tree Lines" were added to the Winter Hokkaido (colour) gallery and to the Winter Hokkaido (B&W) gallery respectively.
Two photographs were added.
09th January 2011
Two photographs (Pedestrian Bridge and Blue Concrete) were added to the "Blue World" gallery.

I have eight more rolls of RTP in my fridge. I really hope that I can add at least about 20 more photographs to this series.
Two photographs were added.
14th December 2010
Water Lily was added to the "Nature (B&W)" gallery, and Autumn Leaves was added to the "Nature (colour)" gallery.

The former was taken in Mannington Hall Gardens, in Norfolk, England, in summer 2010, and the latter was taken in Maeda Forest Park in Sapporo, Japan in autumn 2010.
One photograph was added
28th November 2010
One photograph titled Southwold Beach was added to the "Landscape & Waterscape (B&W)" gallery.
This photograph is also shown in the slideshow on the homepage.
Two waterfall photographs were added
11th November 2010
Autumn Waterfall and Waterfall and Bridge were added to the "Landscape & Waterscape (B&W)" gallery.

The former was taken in Hokkaido, and the latter in Yamagata.
I have nearly finished developing all the BW film I used during my Yamagata trip, and the results seem pretty satisfactory so far. So, hopefully, I can upload more photographs here soon.
Travel Light
30th October 2010
I love travelling light. So here is the stuff I took on the last trip to Yamagata.



From the upper left corner, clockwise.
Distagon 50mm, Hasselblad 500CM with Sonnar 150mm, Sonnar 250mm, A12 back, pouch for colour film, light meter, Nikon FM with 55mm micro, camera case for Ricoh GRD3 (empty because I used GRD3 to take this photo), pouch for BW film, Planar 80mm.

After I took this photo, I decided to leave 150mm at home, so it was even lighter!!!
Short trip to Yamagata
28th October 2010
先週(22日から24日)、山形へ小旅行へ行ってきました。前々から一度、立石寺(山寺)、銀山温泉、羽黒山などを訪れたいと思っており、ちょうど金曜日が、息子の小学校が休校だったので、3連休を利用してまわってきました。まだ紅葉には早かったようですが、3日とも天気に恵まれ快適に旅行することができました。モノクロ、カラーそれぞれ4本づつ撮影しましたが、まだ、現像は手付かずです・・・ここ最近はHalf Tank Methodで現像してますので、一気に2本づつ現像できず、時間がかかります。

Last week (from 22nd to 24th), we went to Yamagata. As I have always wanted to visit Rissyakuji temple (Yamadera), Ginzan onsen (hot spring), Mount. Haguro, etc. in Yamagata, and my son's school was closed on 22nd (Friday), we decided to spend that day plus the weekend to visit all those places. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather there and I used four rolls of BW and colour film. It might take quite a long time to finish developing all the films, because I use the "half-tank method" these days.
Two new photographs in "Blue World"
07th October 2010
2D2C and Darth Vendors were added to the "Blue World" series.
Two photographs were added
05th October 2010
A photograph titled Puffing was added to the Industrial Scenery (colour) gallery, and a photograph titled On the bridge was added to the Industrial Scenery (B&W) gallery.
The former was taken in Muroran, and the latter was taken in Ishikari.
One new link was added
24th September 2010
Thomas Orand Photography was added to the Links. Thank you, Thomas, for allowing me to add your site to my links!
A bit early for cosmos
21st September 2010
先週末、滝川市の丸加高原にコスモスを見に行ってきました。自宅の近所の家のお庭のコスモスは、もうすっかり満開なので、期待して行ったのですが、まだ半分も咲ききっていませんでした。あと、残念なことに口蹄疫のせいで、牧草地などへの遊歩道が閉鎖されており、歩きまわることもできませんでした。口蹄疫は、もう収束しているようなので、はやく閉鎖を解除してもらいたいものです。TMY-2を1/2本、EKTARを1本、ACROSを1本使いました。日没直前に、少し太陽が雲間に隠れ、かなりいい感じの光がもらえたので、ちょっと期待しています。はやく時間を見つけて現像しないと・・

Last weekend (19th), we went to Maruka-kogen (Takikawa) to see some cosmos flowers. As the cosmos flowers in our neighbourhood are already in full bloom, we expected to see a beautiful carpet of flowers, but were a bit disappointed as there were still lots of buds and not enough flowers. Moreover, we were also looking forward to walking about on the hills, but due to foot and mouth disease outbreaks in other parts of Japan, we were not allowed to walk in the meadows. One good thing was that we saw beautiful sun light just before sunset. The sun hid behind small clouds and a beautiful so-called Jacob's ladder appeared. We were on the observatory deck at the top of the hill and enjoyed this dramatic light so much (and took a few photos, of course!).
On this day, I shot half a roll of TMY, and one roll each of EKTAR and ACROS. I have got to do some more developing soon!



Ricoh GRDIII
Three photographs were added
16th September 2010
Finally, I have chosen three photographs from those I took during my summer 2010 holiday in England and added them here. Yes, only three....

"Empty Bench" in the "Nature (B&W)" gallery
"Botallack Mine" and "Stormy Clouds over the castle" in the "Landscape and waterscape (Colour)" gallery

There are many photographs I am happy with, which can be seen on my flickr site, but I think these three are the only ones I want to have on my main website.

Taking photos this holiday was very difficult for me, probably because I was inspired or excited too much and didn't see things properly and carefully enough. So, I shot too many rolls of film and while being very happy at that time, am a bit disappointed with the actual results now.
Two photographs were added to the Blue World gallery
27th August 2010
As Fuji discontinued 120 format T64 film a couple of months ago, I now have to complete this Blue World series with ten rolls kept in my fridge, unless I can find more somewhere else. I hope not to waste frames too much!
Back from England
01st August 2010
I got back from England last Tuesday (27th July). I spent about 40 rolls of film this time, which I think quite a lot for three-week stay. I dropped the colour film at Yodobashi already, and now have to develop BW film a lot... Hopefully it won't take more than two weeks.
Shakotan Trip Wrap-up
30th June 2010
Date: from 5th June 2010 to 7th June 2010

Day one (5th June 2010)

1) Ebisu-iwa and Daikoku-iwa

The light condition was very harsh. The rockes were partially in the shade and the background was very sunny. I used 50mm with an ND filter and an orange filter to frame both rocks (like a masterpiece of M. Kenna, which I saw at his exhibition in Sapporo in May). The results are far from satisfying. I shot from the road which is a few meters high from the sea level. I might have to go down the beach next time to get better composition.

2) Rosoku-iwa

This rock is quite far from the shore. I used 150mm with an orange filter. I couldn't find any interesting subjects for the foreground, and the air around the rock was a bit misty, so the photographs didn't turn out well.

3) Sunset shooting in Yobetsu

We were lucky to see very beautiful sunset on that day in Yobetsu. I used EKTAR and 80mm, 50mm and 250mm lenses. I got a couple of satisfying results which were uploaded on my Flickr site. Though I don't like overcooked usage of ND grad filters, I might have to use them moderately next time, as the colours on sunset sky were very faint, not like tropical sunset. It was a bit difficult to balance the tones and the colours between the sky and the foreground (the sea).

Day two (6th June)

1) Cape Kamui

It was very nice weather, but very windy morning. The sea around the cape showed beautiful deep blue. I took a few photos, which turned out rather boring.

2) Shimamui Beach

Still fine weather, less windy. I tried long-ish exposure on colour film, using ND filter, and got satisfying results. EKTAR is really suitable in this condition, and gave me nice deep colours. I used only 80mm there. I would love to revisit there in different time of year in the future.
One photograph titled "Shimamui Beach" is in the Landscape & Waterscape (colour) gallery.

3) Sunset on the beach in Nozuka

Very quiet beach near the camping place in Nozuka. The weather was a bit cloudy, so we couldn't see the sun setting, but the colours of the sky and the sea surface after sunset were very beautiful. I used 150mm with ACROS, trying to get nice tones from the sea surface, using long exposure. I should have used colour too, but at that time, i had only one back which was loaded with BW film. I got a nice result which was uploaded on my Flickr site.

Day three (7th June)

1) Tako-iwa

Misty morning, no hint of sunshine at all. I used 80mm with ND filter for this rock. I was able to find other rocks that were suitable for the foreground. Tako-iwa itself was in the mist but I thought I could get decent clarity in the foreground (and I did). The result was satisfying and I added this photograph to the Landscape & Waterscape (B&W) gallery here.

2) Cape Kamui

Very misty, we could hardly see the sea from the cape. However, I felt it more photogenic than the day before. I got one satisfying photograph with 50mm there, which was titled "Misty path on the cape" and was added to the Landscape and Waterscape (B&W).

3) Shimamui beach

Still very misty. We didn't go down to the beach this time. I just took a couple of shots from the path, which aren't so great. I should have gone down to the beach, but we were all tired....

4) Ebisu-iwa and Daikoku-iwa

Stopped by these rocks again on the way back home. The light condition was lot better than two days before. I tried to frame one of these rocks this time instead of framing both. The result was ok and was uploaded to my Flickr site, but I am not 100% happy with it (maybe because I've seen M. Kenna's work before). I must revisit there in the future.


Relevant photos will be added here later.
Two photographs were added.
30th June 2010
"Misty path on the cape" and "Shimamui Beach" were added to the Landscape & Waterscape (colour) gallery and the Landscape & Waterscape (B&W) gallery, respectively.
Ready to go to England
24th June 2010
I got ready to go to England, which doesn't mean that I have finished packing my suitcases.


That means 1) I have decided which gear I am going to take, 2) I have bought enough films, 3) One of my A12 has been properly repaired and CLAed.

1) This time, I am going to take 50mm, 80mm and 250mm, instead of 50mm, 80mm and 150mm. And, one body, two backs, a proshade and several filters. The last couple of times, I used a shoulder bag, but this time I am going to take a backpack, so the extra weight must be bearable.

2) I bought about twenty rolls of ACROS and eight rolls of TMY-2, so that should be enough for BW, and I have ordered fifteen rolls of 160NC and ten rolls of EKTAR from NOVA imaging UK, usisng my 100GBP voucher (prize from B+W Photography magazine), and they have already arrived at my wife's parents' house in Norfolk.

3) I sent my troubled A12 last month to David Odess for repair and CLA. It came back last week, and it works perfectly now.

All I have got to do now is to pack them all in the backpack, which won't take so long.

What about packing suitcases? That is always my wife's job. She is always very good at it.

OH, but, she unfortunately broke her fingers last week, and she can't use her left hand at all now.

So now, I have to add 4) Pack all the suitcases (three probably), and the trouble is...I don't know what to take at all!!!


OUCH!!
One photograph taken in Shakotan was added
11th June 2010
One photograph titled "Tako-Iwa" was added to the Landscape and Waterscape (B&W) gallery.