Sometimes it doesn’t work

Dotonbori (Osaka) again. We were out and about that evening, and I really enjoyed shooting in the changing light conditions. Sadly, the Auto-Focus on my Canon 18-55mm kit lens wasn’t quite as keen.

_MG_0142With a better focus that could have been a great shot, not just a good one. The effect I was going for was something like this.

_MG_0146No point in blaming the lens; sometimes things just don’t work out. And a more expensive lens, with a wider aperture at full extension, might be even more sensitive to poor focusing on my part.

On the move

Osaka, Japan:

_DSC0916The little Sony RX100 proving its worth in low light – yet again.

An oasis of tranquility

Dōtonbori, in Osaka, is an attack on the senses – two miles of neon-clad awesome, all noise, delicious smells and people in the craziest costumes imaginable fighting for your attention. On a Friday night, when we were there, it’s positively bustling. And this Buddhist monk was sitting, bang in the middle of the street, lost in prayer.

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An unbelievable sight.

Tokyo by night

From the window of a 32nd floor, a view of the world’s biggest mega-city:

_DSC1034That shot was taken on my Sony RX100. It’s an incredible camera. During the holidays I increasingly found myself choosing it over the Canon 1100D because of its performance, not just because it’s more practical. It’s a great little camera, worth every penny.

The giant spider of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo (I)

Apologies for the long silence – Oblique Exposure has been away. More specifically, we recently spent a wonderful holiday in Japan, a pilgrimage of sorts that all photographers/nerds/living humans should do at some point in their lives. There will be plenty of photos of the Land of the Rising Sun in the future.

Today, the Maman sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, outside the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

_MG_0462Maman will return to the blog later, because I don’t like to mix colour and monochrome shots in the same post.

On patrol

There are always crowds in Trafalgar Square in London but as I walked through I noticed that a crowd of people were moving as a group around the square. Then I noticed why. Birds of Prey were being used as part of a pest control strategy, mainly to scare off the pigeons.

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London in Black and White

As I mentioned in an earlier post a recent trip out of the office for work meant I had a chance to explore a little more of London. The last post showed some of the more colourful images, today’s post shows some of the black and white scenes.

Every now and again I like to take a longer path to where ever I’m going and taking some of the alternative routes to my destination. I did that this time and ended up discovering a range of different coffee shops I never knew existed.

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London in colour

Life has been so busy that unfortunately Oblique Exposure has been a little neglected – it’s something we will hopefully be remidying in the near future with some exciting travel plans. In the meantime I had a chance to get out of the office recently to attend a few meetings, and making the most of the opportunity I took the Fujifilm X10 with me. The photos are split between a few posts- the first focuses includes images in colour, while the second only includes images in black and white.

I have never noticed the colour of these buildings before despite walking through this area on a relatively regular basis – it certainly brightens up the skyline.

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Had it not been shortly after breakfast I might have stopped for something from this selection of delights!DSCF2313

The Rainforest Cafe near Piccadilly is a fun experience if you’re looking for a bit of food in an different environment (the cafe is decorated like a rainforest, complete with rainstorms). It wasn’t open at the time but as usual the windows were full of cute stuffed animals.

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I’ve seen most of the memorials in London but I hadn’t seen this one before, the Crimea War Memorial. DSCF2329

As you can see here, as in much of London, there is construction going on what seems like everywhere – even in districts where you think they couldn’t possibly be building any more. DSCF2331

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I was once told by a teacher that to explore a place properly you need to remember to look up. She was right, at eye level there are so many distractions, and often there are so many more details to the city if you raise your view a little, as I did here. DSCF2356

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Shades of nature

Walking around Thrapston gravel pits in Northamptonshire brings back a lot of childhood memories for me. With many of the trees still bare I decided to try out some of the black and white filter pre-sets in Adobe Lightroom. Here were a few of the results.

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Nature’s details

With the sun shining, like many other people, we took to the countryside. As a child I was often taken to Thrapston gravel pits at the weekend, for a walk, and usually, to feed the ducks. There will be another blog post shortly which shows a little more of what the area looks like, but this post focuses on the details. There were a few signs that Spring is on it’s way too.

IMG_4132There were quite a lot of trees and branches which were broken, while this one has clearly been here for a while I think a lot of trees around here suffered damage in the recent storms.

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IMG_4163It was lovely to be able to go for a walk, without a coat, and enjoy some sunshine, let’s hope there’s more to come.