We took a lot of photos on our 4 week trip across Japan so there will be a few blog posts to follow once we catch up with our processing.
We started in Tokyo and after a day trip to Nikko Park, we headed to Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) in the Japanese alps to see the snow monkeys. From there we travelled to Matsumoto before joining the ancient Nakasendo hiking trail, walking from Nagiso to Otsumago ending at Magome. We then continued by train to Takayama then Kanazawa and then Hiroshima. From there we went to Kyoto before travelling up Mount Koya and then ending with a few days in Osaka. Our itinerary mostly comprised places of which we knew little or nothing – and unless you’ve been there, you may feel the same. We hope that our blog posts and photos will help to bring these wonderful places alive – it will certainly indulge us as we relive that incredible month.
So, starting with Tokyo. We arrived, tired after our long flight but excited to explore. The drive to our hotel in the Tokyo bay area took us past some interesting architecture
and the view up the the river from our hotel was pretty impressive.
We loved the skyscrapers and high towers
but we also loved the contrasts of old and new for instance at Hamarikyu Gardens
and indeed, the narrow old streets of Golden Gai
and restaurants down dark alleys.
Walking about at night, the street scenes
and huge adverts reminded us of scenes from Bladerunner.
Perhaps this is what inspired Paul’s double exposure shots
He was also fascinated by the sculptural fire-escapes and their shadows
while Lynn’s attention was drawn to the lights.
We had a mix of weather over the trip including some rain in Tokyo allowing a few umbrella shots.
We hope you enjoy this first glimpse of our photos of Japan – next blog post will feature our photos of the people of Tokyo.
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Exploring Burghead and Burghead Beach (link to follow soon)
A quick note for photographers – if you go to do this walk, you will be near Fffordes Photographic, a place with a good reputation. We didn’t have time to visit when we were there, so can’t describe it more than that (yet).
And so to the images. Firstly, a mix of natural and man-made with this pylon part of the transmission network from the hydro-electric plant nearby.
Today is apparently a day for Hearts, so here you go, Edinburgh’s own Heart of Midlothian on The Royal Mile in the Old Town. According to my vast research (on wikipedia), this commemorates the site of the old Tolbooth, the city prison and site of executions, leading to the tradition of spitting on it in relation to its sinister purpose.
As I’ve written before, a lot of my shots are taken on the way to or from somewhere, or when just out for a wander, rather than specifically planned. The benefits of living in a city, particularly one like Edinburgh, are endless things going on that can catch my eye, ideally with some good like to go with them.
In the case of these shots, it was this fine gent, Dave, in his hat and coat, ready for whatever weather we were about to experience during the course of the unfolding day. He was good enough to consent to a couple of close portrait shots too, for which thanks.
The famous Guildford Arms or just the Guildford to locals is a Victorian bar apparently run by the same family since 1896. A favourite with nearby government workers and tourists alike.
Round the back, in the warren known as The Registers, it’s a bit grittier and shadier although about to be redeveloped; it’s worth poking about now before the gentrification starts. The team which developed Advocate’s Court have plans which should see the 2 heritage buildings preserved but photographers may worry about the potential loss of the photogenic dark lanes and mueses.
Back to a favourite haunt; following Paul’s empty and starker early morning photo of Fleshmarket Close shot a couple of years ago, here is a shot with people going about their lunchtime business giving it a different narrative.
At the back of the old Scotsman newspaper building, runners would be kept fit taking messages up and down these steps. Now a prestigious hotel, the old pigeon lofts which apparently housed birds to spread the news across Scotland is a penthouse suite.
Glancing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
We like to think atmospheric rather than seedy – again, an area under significant development with the 7.5 acre Waverley project just up the road. Interestingly, the current and previous developers have contributed to a fund for community projects to brighten up the site and the surroundings – not sure this was what they had in mind.
I posted a version of this a while back, shot in the daytime on my previous camera (Nikon D3200), so here’s a night-time version taken on my Fujifilm XE-2, making the most of the camera’s low light capabilities. For once, I think I prefer the colour version – what do you think?
Here’s the original post and shots:
The OId Town of Edinburgh can be viewed on many levels, physically and otherwise. If I was a thinker I’m sure I could come up with something witty and philosophical about the genteel veneer undercut by the squalid underbelly, but I best not. This shot shows The George IV Bridge, with The Cowgate underneath and was taken from the drawbridge-like entrance to The Central Library.