Parking in Inverness

Hello again! Sorry for the long silence – I feel like a neglectful blogger. Between a hard slog at work and a sense of exhaustion from photography after the Japan trip, I’ve simply not been able to post anything.

Anyway, here is a lovely little memento from a recent trip to Scotland. It was one of those interesting moments when, as a photographer, you see something on the street and immediately know what you want the final photo to look like, monochrome conversion and all.parking in inverness

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of many wonderful places we visited in Kyoto. I’ve seen this place in so many guide books, and often on many blogs that feature Japan. What made more of an impression of this forest was the sounds that were made by the bamboo trees clashing together every time there was a bit of a breeze. We visited in the early afternoon and the light was quite harsh so in the end I never managed to get the shots I really wanted of this site, but nevertheless a totally magical place to visit (even with the large crowds of people). There were so many pictures to choose from for this post – so I have tried to select the best, but this is still quite a lengthy post.

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IMG_5909In Tokyo we managed to find a few trees still with blossom, however in Kyoto there were blossoming trees everywhere! IMG_5913

IMG_5971I couldn’t believe how tall the bamboo had grown – and the way it all moved in the wind was somewhat mesmerizing. IMG_5972

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IMG_5861I nearly missed this, but Carlos noticed this tiny little sculpture made of stones  – this was only about 5cm tall!IMG_5860I loved the traditional Japanese dress, it always looked so elegant. IMG_5857

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IMG_5880  IMG_5848 copy As with most places in Japan we took the train to get here – there are details listed on Wiki Travel here.

 

An iPhone photographer

I’ve never really chosen my mobile phone for it’s camera choices, and in general I have taken very few photographs this way. In the past I tried using the iPad to take photographs in London, but in general I found it awkward and the quality wasn’t anywhere near anything I could get from any of my cameras. Recently I have moved over to an iPhone and I am quite impressed with its camera function. So over the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out the iPhone to take photographs in different situations to see how it performs.

Coffee in Free State coffee on Southampton Row in London – probably one of the best coffees I’ve had in London for some time (they also do amazing croissants as seen in the background here).

photo 2(2)I need very little encouragement to go into a book shop, but a sign like this will work.

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I’ve recently started to bake my own bread more frequently – this was an attempt at fig and walnut bread.photo 3(4)

Delapre Park in Northampton, is home to these geese. photo 5(4)

They were pretty keen to see if we had any food on offer. photo 1(5)

Taking advantage of our new garden furniture and a bit of sunshine. photo 4(8)

This is a cat that lives near my Dad’s house, it’s deaf and quite old and has appeared to make my Dad’s porch it’s daytime resting spot. photo 4(12)

I had some work to do in London and so stopped by Borough market for some lunch. The Brindisa chorizo sandwich is apparently world famous – and after tasting one I can see why. photo 3(9)

A grey day in London, but the skyline is still impressive. photo 1(12)

And to finish off this collection of random photographs I have taken over the last few weeks – a meerkat bench in London. photo 4(11)

I’ll admit it that it is a pretty random collection of photographs but I think it does show that the camera function on the iPhone is actually quite good.  I’m still not going to switch to using this from the X10 or Canon100D but it is useful to know I can capture things at short notice, as these days I have my phone with me nearly all the time.

Many poses of Jenny the photographer

Following on from the photographs of Carlos from Japan, this blog post includes some shots of myself.

I particularly like to try to get macro shots of flowers with interesting background – here I was trying to get the temple in the shot (which will be posted soon).

_MG_9857 copyIt’s funny, when I was looking for a compact camera to complement my DSLR I wanted one with a viewfinder, however I find myself mostly using the view screen on the Fujifilm. I think it’s easier in terms of lining up the shot – and if you take me to any kind of outdoor related activity you will usually at some point find me looking like this….

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Jennifer Ferreira in Japan

Jennifer Ferreira in JapanIn Japan I always felt like there was literally so much to take photographs off that whenever I stopped to look around I didn’t know where to start – hence we have ended up with thousands of photographs to process.

Jennifer Ferreira in JapanBack the DSLR, and back to using the viewfinder!Jennifer Ferreira in JapanAnd occasionally I get surprised by the wildlife – here in Nara where the deer wander freely!Jennifer Ferreira in Japan

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And even I can pose sometimes. Jennifer Ferreira in Japan So the posts this week were a little insight into the people behind the lenses on Oblique Exposure – there will more regular posts soon with even more highlight from Japan interspersed with snapshots of Northamptonshire!

 

The many poses of Carlos the photographer (in Japan)

Some time ago I created a blog post with various images of Carlos in different poses showing how sometimes to get that shot you really want, you need to alter your angle. I decided that I would create another of these posts first showing Carlos and second showing myself. Also it’s sometimes nice to see the photographer behind the blog so there are a few additional photos in here too.

A good breakfast is always the best way to start the day…particularly when you are going to be walking and taking photographs all day. This was the first time we had the traditional Japanese breakfast.

DSCF2409     At many Shinto shrines there are places to hang small wooden plaques (Ema) where you can write prayers or wishes.  IMG_4481The standard Carlos shot for trying to capture the entirety of a skyscraper.

IMG_4688There are many wide boulevards in Tokyo which seemed to stretch forever. I had wanted to take this shot as I crossed the road, and by the time I had reached the other side Carlos was already standing on the central reservation. IMG_4759There were plenty of stops for snacks to regain our energy. We spent most of our days just walking around different cities in Japan. I find walking (as opposed to taking the subway all the time) a great way to see different areas of the city. This was in McDonalds whicb had surprisingly good coffee!

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IMG_4896Wandering through the bright lights of Shinjuku.

IMG_5141There were plenty of culinary delights across the different cities in Japan we visited. Here we tried some of the Okonomiyaki in the Dotonbori area of Osaka.

DSCF2520We hit it right to catch the end of the Cherry Blossom season (particularly in Kyoto) and so there was lots of attempts to get macro shots of the blossom. IMG_5439

A common pose – so many interesting skylines.   IMG_6223Here, trying to position Osaka castle in the background. Another reminder of the importance of looking for details when walking about. I hadn’t seen these little bird sculptures on the barrier when I first walked past. IMG_6277 We didn’t take too many lenses with on this trip as we didn’t want to be weighed down, or have to spend too much time changing lenses. However, we did take our compact cameras (my Fujifilm X10 and Carlos’ Sony RX100). IMG_6811

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Discovering Salcey Forest

Those who follow our blog or who visit regularly may have noticed a sustained period of silence. Life has been so busy since we returned from Japan that there just hasn’t been time to focus on photography – there are still thousands of photographs from Japan to be sorted through! However, this weekend for the first time in quite some time we were able to get outside and actually take the cameras with us. We are still adjusting to being in Northamptonshire, but today we visited what must be one of the nicest places in the county. Salcey Forest is just outside Northampton and has a series of trails for walking, cycling, and horse riding. There are also a series of treetop walkways, and  a ‘Tree Ninja’ course for the younger ones.

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I’ve always liked trying to capture illuminated leaves and the early morning light was great for this today. IMG_7171

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IMG_7175The tree-top walkway begins at ground level and you walk at an incline until before you know it you around 15m above the ground walking through the tree canopy.

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At the very top we noticed something moving in the tree, it was a squirrel having it’s breakfast. IMG_7191From the very top it was possible to see Northampton in the distance.

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Beautiful blue skies with wispy clouds. IMG_7203

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For the younger visitors there was a Gruffalo trail with a series of characters dotted around the forest. IMG_7215

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IMG_7230It’s lovely to have a place like this so close to home. I’m sure there will many more trips here in the future.

In line, in order

Looking how orderly and neatly these bikes were parked, you would never guess that they’re in a no-parking zone. Ah, Japan…

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Interstice

From wiki: An interstitial space or interstice is an empty space or gap between spaces full of structure or matter.

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Carry me home

The way to travel. Somewhere in Tokyo, Japan.

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Dotonbori al fresco

Nothing like dinner out with mates, especially when the restaurant seating spills onto the street.

_MG_0157It’s a wonderful place, Dotonbori. Dinner that way:

_MG_0150The inside of stalls and al fresco restaurants is strangely alluring. I like taking pictures of people cooking, in particular.

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_MG_0153The funniest thing happened that evening. I shot the same shop twice, without noticing – they had cake on the window, so I guess it was my stomach taking over the shutter button. But here is the thing: a couple hours (probably) separate the two photos, the waitresses therein are different, BUT THEY WERE IN THE EXACT SAME POSITION. Here’s the first:

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