Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O ( Fountains )

This week’s photo challenge is H2O.

I like photographing water in its different forms and states.dscf0270

Photographing fountains is my favorite too.

The first one is a picture taken in the peace memorial park in Hiroshima.

I have adopted a slow shutter speed and a shallow depth of field.

At the bottom of the fountain, the water came bubbling up.dscf1165

The second photo was taken in Geneva, Switzerland.

I must admit my main focus was on the trees and the shadows although the fountain is an indispensable part of the photo.


Weekly Photo Challenge : Nostalgia ( Okinawa )

Every body has their own interpretation of Nostalgia.

Different cultures and brought up experience have influence on what nostalgia may mean.

With a such diverse readership, more than 30% from the States and the rest from many English and even non-English countries, I was at a lost as to what I can show to depict Nostalgia.dsc_0083

An old radio or a sewing machine are definitely common elements of nostalgia for many countries. I have posted them in my previous post.

The picture here is a collection of old objects in an old mansion in Okinawa, Japan.

The room has old tea pots, oil lamps, weaving machines, flour grinder etc.  We have something similar in our cultures but they may not look the same. But still, they seem nostalgic to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Risturin Garden 2 )

If you like my post of yesterday then you probably like this one as well.

Again, it is a picture taken in the Ritsurin Garden, Shinkoku after a heavy down pour.cimg5549

This helped to dispel any dust particle in the air and resulted in a clear image.

The reflection in the lake is again fascinating!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Ritsurin Garden )

There are no themes for this week’s photo challenge, so I am going back to the challenge of Mirror.

It was a sheer joy walking in the Ritsurin Garden in Shinkoku after the heavy rain.dscf0419

The garden is carefully planned and plants manicured.

The reflection of the landscape in the garden lake was just perfect.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( for Suicide ?)

This week’s theme for Photo Challenge is Edge.

Tojinbo  is a one kilometer long stretch of rugged basalt cliffs along the Sea of Japan coast north of Fukui City.

These are the cliffs where some Japanese may jump off to kill themselves.dsc_0024

The rocky coastline has been carved out by the waves, leaving deep chasms and precipitous bluffs that tower up to 30 meters above the water below. The coarse, pillar-shaped rocks look like bundles of hexagonal and pentagonal rods and are a unique geologically formation that can be seen in several places in the world and nowhere else in Japan.

We spent half a day going up and down the area, admiring at the scenery and taking photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Japanese Footbridge )

This week’s photo challenge is Mirror.

It was a delight to walk across this Japanese footbridge in the gardens of Shinkoku, Japan.cimg5568

The environment was quiet and pleasant, the air was crispy clean and the water below was serene.

The reflection of the footbridge in the water and the koi swimming slowly in the water were just timeless . . . . . . . . . . . .


Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Hokkaido Autumn )

This week’s DP photo challenge is Mirror.

It is sort of romantic up there in the lakes of Hokkaido in Autumn.007

Colored foliage and a lone yacht with perfect reflection in the placid pool.

A perfect mirror image in the Autumn lakes – a paradise for photographers!