JTL Photography: Blog http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) JTL Photography mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:25:00 GMT Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:25:00 GMT Outgoing http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/outgoing I mentioned in an earlier post about a reorganisation of equipment. This came about due to various factors, but the two main ones are:

1) The Epson R-D1 is starting to act up a bit - hardly surprising given its age. It still works, but there are strange clicking sounds, and winding the camera on for the next shot doesn't always work. I'm keeping the body (because it's a somewhat rare camera) but I sold the lens I was using with it. If there's anyone who can fix up a camera like that, then Japan is probably where they will be. I'll have to look into this.

2) My computer is a little on the old side - I bought it at least six or seven years ago, and it wasn't brand new even then - and it doesn't like large files. The RX10 mark 3, while a very nice, capable, and versatile machine, packed a 20mp sensor. That's not much by the standards of today, but it still gave my computer quite a lot to chew on (and the difference in workflow speed when compared to the 6mp Epson was extremely noticeable). So the RX10 got sold along with the Epson's lens.

What I bought with the proceeds of the sale is in some ways a somewhat anomalous camera for the year 2018, and it will be featured in the next post. But for this one, the remaining pictures from the outgoing (hence the title) RX10 mark 3. Hope you like them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little experimenting with flash. Not something I use often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last one took more post processing than I normally like to do. It was dark, and the noise in the original image was pretty unpleasant. I had to crank up the noise reduction like nothing else, and even now you can see patterns in the sky. Nevertheless, I liked the composition enough to keep it.

 

 

More to come, including (and possibly using nothing but) the new "mystery" camera.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/outgoing Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:24:52 GMT
The iPhone-only challenge, part 2 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-iphone-only-challenge-part-2 Exactly as it says on the tin in the title (and that will give my nationality away to anyone who gets the reference), the second and concluding part of the iPhone-only challenge. Short and sweet, only 13 pictures, but quality over quantity and all that.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's it for this quick two-parter, but there's more to come, as the "equipment reorganisation" to which I alluded in the previous post is now complete.

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-iphone-only-challenge-part-2 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:17:32 GMT
The iPhone-only challenge, part 1 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-iphone-only-challenge-part-1 While I'm going through some equipment reorganisation (and getting rid of some old stuff I wasn't using) I thought it would be an interesting exercise to use the iPhone (the 7 plus, in my case) and nothing else for a period of time. This resulted in 27 pictures, which will be spread over this and the next article (by which time the "equipment reorganisation" should be completed). 

No need for any more preamble, so here is the first set. Hope you like the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say that, unless the light is difficult, the iPhone is generally a very acceptable wide-angle option.

The concluding part should be up next week.

Thanks for looking!

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/the-iphone-only-challenge-part-1 Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:35:15 GMT
Shikoku part 2 : Katsurahama and Matsuyama http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/shikoku-part-2-katsurahama-and-matsuyama The concluding part of this little travel series takes in Katsurahama (a beach near Kochi) and the city of Matsuyama. I didn't get that many shots from the beach (the weather wasn't entirely perfect, for one thing), but a few got through the editing process.

 

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The rest of the article features pictures from Matsuyama, which has significantly more of a "big-city" feel than Kochi. We also had much better weather and some pretty spectacular light later in the afternoon.

 

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A little mini-series featuring the lockers at Dogo Onsen, a well known hot spring resort in Matsuyama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I said that we had spectacular light in the afternoon, the above locker shots, and the following shots which round off the article, are what I was referring to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's it for this little travel series, but plenty more to come.

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/shikoku-part-2-katsurahama-and-matsuyama Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:37:45 GMT
Shikoku part 1 : Kochi and Niyodogawa http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/shikoku-part-1-kochi-and-niyodogawa Although I will have lived in Japan for 15 years come this summer, my travels around the country had until now been either in Honshu (the main island) or Hokkaido (the northern one). That changed recently with a short-ish trip to Shikoku, the third island. 

This first post in the series covers the travel to Kochi and a town called Niyodogawa, famous for its clear blue water. Hope you like the pictures!

Early takeoff (from the local airport, which we had never used before). It's a very compact little airport, meaning that we were through security in no time flat.

 

 

About an hour later, touching down at Kochi Ryoma airport. "Ryoma" refers to Sakamoto Ryoma, a Samurai of considerable fame in the period when Japan was transitioning towards a period of westernization, and you can't go two minutes in Kochi without being reminded of the fact that you're in Ryoma's place of birth. The local coffee shops even make cappuccinos (or possibly espressos; I'm not a coffee connoisseur) with Ryoma's face on them. But I digress.

 

 

A bus ride takes you to the center of Kochi city. This was shot from the bus.

 

 

As do several other cities in Japan, Kochi has a tram service.

 

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Our first port of call was a small town called Niyodogawa, whose main attraction is its scenery and extremely clear water. It was way out in the countryside and involved negotiating a very narrow and twisty road (in the rental car driven by my better half). The rest of the pictures are from this area.

 

 

 

 

 

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A local man who runs a cafe recommended that we go and see two waterfalls, which we did. The first was certainly worth the effort to get there : 

 

 

 

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The second waterfall, however, was a considerable disappointment (even more so given that it was quite a hike to get to it), to the extent that I wasn't motivated to even try and get a picture of it. We nicknamed the two waterfalls "good cospa waterfall" and "bad cospa waterfall"; "cospa" being how the Japanese have modified the expression "cost performance". (They do this a lot : take an expression from another language, English in this case, and compress it).

The big surprise of the day, though, was the appearance of something that neither one of us had ever seen in the flesh before :  a wild monkey. We first noticed something moving along the other side of the river, and by looking through the Sony at 600mm I was able to determine that it was indeed a monkey, but on the way back we disturbed a group of them who were sitting around on rocks and they all ran off. I was just about able to get a (slightly blurred, but passable) shot of one.

 

 

The next entry will feature the second main attraction, a well known local beach.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/shikoku-part-1-kochi-and-niyodogawa Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:48:40 GMT
Clearing the decks http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/clearing-the-decks I can't call this one "hatsu-catchup part 2", as it would be something of a contradiction in terms, but it's the continuation (and the concluding part) of a roundup of recent pictures. There will be a fairly substantial series of travel shots coming soon, so this is, as the title implies, clearing the way for those. In any event, hope you like these!

 

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A "mini-sequence" I shot when I found this wall with rather interesting, strong shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decks officially cleared, so keep an eye out for a set of travel pictures coming soon.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/clearing-the-decks Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:48:50 GMT
Hatsu-catchup http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/hatsu-catchup If you've ever spent a new year in Japan, you will hear the word "hatsu" a lot. It means "first", and there are a lot of firsts. Two of the most popular are "hatsu-mode", which refers to the first shrine visit of the new year, and "hatsu-hinode", which refers to the sunrise of January 1st. This then is the first post of the new year, and it's a "catchup" post, as I have a fairly significant backlog of pictures to upload. 

There's no special theme to these, but I hope you like them anyway.

 

 

 

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I'm going to split this "hatsu-catchup" into two parts, meaning that the second part won't be able to use that name. I'll have to think of another name for it when I put it up, hopefully next week.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/hatsu-catchup Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:27:44 GMT
Ending the year on a colourful note (The Autumn / fall / etc thread part 2) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/ending-the-year-on-a-colourful-note-the-autumn-/-fall-/-etc-thread-part-2 As there are but a few more days of the year remaining, this is probably going to be the last post of the year. It finishes off the "Autumnal colours" (adjust spelling and vocabulary to taste) with a slightly higher number of photos than the average post (I also have a ton of editing to do in order to start again in the coming year). Hope you enjoy these!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As always, thank you for looking, and hope the coming year is good to you.

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/ending-the-year-on-a-colourful-note-the-autumn-/-fall-/-etc-thread-part-2 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 11:25:23 GMT
The Japan autumn / fall / colour / color thread 2017, part 1 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-japan-autumn-/-fall-/-colour-/-color-thread-2017 Given my proclivity for showing photos quite some time after having shot them, here's this year's collection of the impressive colours in The Third Season in Japan.

With linguistic concessions to our American friends out of the way, let's get to the pictures, the first in a series of two or possibly three. Hope you like them.

 

 

 

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The next one will be up in (hopefully) a couple of weeks as I'm going to an area of Japan I've never been to before. This should also mean plenty more pictures for future entries.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-japan-autumn-/-fall-/-colour-/-color-thread-2017 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:24:40 GMT
A roundup of recent(ish) iPhone shots. http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/a-roundup-of-recent-ish-iphone-shots I haven't done an article of iPhone-only shots for quite some time, so it's time to rectify that. I have to admit that I've been shooting so much recently that I'm starting to forget what I have and haven't already uploaded to these articles! So if I accidentally repost a picture that I've used before, consider it an accident.

In the meantime, hope you like these. All from the iPhone 7 plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The light here (at the station) was so good that I had to get it with both lenses of the iPhone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's it for this iPhone set, but plenty more to come from the various image capturing devices...

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/a-roundup-of-recent-ish-iphone-shots Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:03:53 GMT
The ultimate walk-around lens http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-ultimate-walk-around-lens After the "extremes" series, we're back to the regular (whatever that actually means) style. This post is entirely made up of shots from the RX10 mark 3, for no real reason other than that's how the editing process worked out. It does however give me a chance to show how ridiculously versatile the camera is. So, less exposition and more exposures, which I hope you will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not usually inclined towards taking a series of shots in the same place, but when I came across this orange wall, and with the light the way it was, I stuck around for a good 15-20 minutes waiting for people to walk into the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you have the equivalent of 600mm and a lens which can focus impressively close at that length, you can quite easily fill the frame with things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lasly, a few sunset pics. Normally I prefer shooting with an optical viewfinder, but with things like this, the EVF on the Sony is incredibly useful for setting the exposure as precisely as possible. The various metering modes (the R-D1 only has center) also help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much more to come, including some pics from a live music performance and the ever-enjoyable autumnal colours of Japan.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-ultimate-walk-around-lens Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:05:57 GMT
Extremes, part 7 : Hokkaido, part 3 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/extremes-part-7-hokkaido-part-3 The last of this series covers pictures which didn't make it into the other posts because they didn't really fit into the category. Hope you like these, the last set of the series.

 

 

 

 

 

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To wrap this up, a few shots from the airport prior to departure. It's a very small airport so clearing security, etc, takes little to no time. As we were early, I went off to take some pictures and I got extremely lucky with the light (and the rain).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That concludes the "extremes" series (and I don't anticipate another 7 parter for quite some time!) but there will be more to come in due course.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/extremes-part-7-hokkaido-part-3 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:25:31 GMT
Extremes, part 6 : Hokkaido, part 2 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/extremes-part-6-hokkaido-part-2 After an enjoyable but bracing (that's euphemistic English for "cold") trip to Asahidake (previous post), we took another trip, heading north. We got fairly close to the northernmost part of the prefecture (and thus close to the northernmost part of Japan), which was no less impressive than Asahidake when it came to photographic opportunities. Hope you enjoy this set.

 

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Hokkaido's famously straight, long roads

 

 

 

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You get some interesting atmospheric effects when you're shooting at the 35mm equivalent of 600mm. Bonus points if you're not from Hokkaido and you know what the red-and-white arrows are for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the way back, something relatively unusual happened : a problem with a (Japanese-made) car, in this case the car in which we were being driven around by my sister-in-law. Fortunately - in a manner of speaking - it happened at a rest stop, so we could wait around inside while help came. Doubly fortunately for me, it led to some quite nice shots while the aforesaid help was on the way (excuse the power lines in the first one, they are practically impossible to avoid in Japan and photoshopping them out would have taken hours to do properly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There should be one more part of this "Extremes" series to come, which will tie up the odds and ends that didn't make it into the other entries. Hope it will be up soon.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/extremes-part-6-hokkaido-part-2 Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:27:43 GMT
Extremes, part 5 : Hokkaido, part 1 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-5-hokkaido-part-1 The last parts of the "extremes" series are set in Hokkaido - which, in a way, is a form of extreme opposite to Tokyo. Certainly the places we went to, anyway. Far fewer people, for one thing, a considerable difference in temperature, climate and environment, and the photographic subjects are also very different.

Upon arrival we went to Asahidake, the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. It was already showing early signs of the autumn colours; not yet at their peak, but still pleasing. The bulk of pictures in this first series are therefore from the mountain and its surrounding area. It also gave me a very good chance to use the more "extreme" ends of the RX10 mark 3's impressive zoom range - I was shooting quite a lot at the equivalents of 400mm plus, and sometimes going all the way out to 600 (this is not to suggest that I used the Sony exclusively; the Epson and even the iPhone got a look in too). In any case, hope you like the pictures.

 

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The next part of the Hokkaido trip will be up in due course.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-5-hokkaido-part-1 Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:12:19 GMT
Extremes, part 4 : Tokyo, part 2 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-4-tokyo-part-2 Hope these titles are starting to make some kind of sense. However, we are more interested in pictures than words, so on to the concluding entry from Tokyo. Hope you like it!

The remainder of the time we spent in Tokyo was spent in some areas we hadn't been to before, which gave me a chance to get some vertigo-inducing shots.

 

 

 

 

I like getting "contrasty" (in terms of subjects, not in terms of dark and light) pictures in Tokyo - old temples and new buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next shots were only possible because I had the Sony with me. I wanted a very definite look : almost totally silhouetted inside, but with just enough detail to suggest the contents. A good EVF makes this somewhat easier (and some dodging and burning later on doesn't hurt either)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the iPhone (7 plus) a little too. We stopped for a coffee in this little shop, and there was some interesting light coming in through the window. It took some post processing, but the end result was quite interesting.

 

 

 

 

A couple shot on the way back to the hotel (we were staying in Shinagawa)

 

 

 

 

 

Shinagawa area at night.

 

 

 

 

There's an expression in Japanese : "看板犬", literally "signboard dog" and referring to a dog that a store owner keeps as a way of attracting customers.

 

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We decided to have breakfast in Shinagawa station itself, and this happened to coincide with rush hour. It's interesting enough shooting it from within the crowd...

 

 

 

...but when you can see it from above, it's something else entirely. (Technically I wasn't supposed to shoot this, but in my defence I only noticed the very politely worded sign after I'd taken the shot)

 

 

 

To round this one off, some shots from central Tokyo and Tokyo station itself.

 

 

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And finally, a total break in character : a photo of food. I would normally never do this (I don't generally give much thought to food in daily life other than a certain self-imposed dietary restriction), but when we found this place in Tokyo station selling vegan ramen - not vegetarian, but vegan - I had to get a shot of it, because of the sheer novelty factor. Japan's not the world's greatest place if you happen to be a vegetarian (as I am - that's the self-imposed dietary restriction I mentioned), but you can learn to deal with it as long as you can read ingredients and speak enough Japanese. But to find vegan ramen was a surprise (although, Tokyo being Tokyo, I shouldn't really be surprised). This place is firmly marked on my "go-to" list the next time I'm up in Tokyo. And, as a bonus, it was absolutely delicious. (Just before I posted this, I was told that there is now such a place in my town as well. Wonders will never cease!)

 

 

That concludes the "Tokyo" part of this series; the beginning of the next part (the other "extreme") will hopefully be up at this time next week.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-4-tokyo-part-2 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:18:29 GMT
Extremes, part 3 : Tokyo part 1 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-3-tokyo-part-1 The confusing titles continue but also serve to elaborate on the "extremes" title. The second layer of meaning is based on the fact that the following photos come from two places which, when viewed in almost any light other than "both being in Japan" are extremely different. The first, featured in the next couple of posts, is Tokyo. The second - well, all will be revealed in time. Yet another "extreme" is the focal length range of the respective cameras used : the Epson at 50mm on APS-C, the Sony with 24-600 equivalent, and the iPhone with the approximate equivalent of 28mm.

This was literally an overnight visit to the capital - up one day, back the next- but Tokyo being what must surely be one of the most photographically rich places on the earth, I still came back with enough shots for at least two entries. The main reason for going was actually my wife's idea - to see some ships at the port, including a Mexican ship and a Japanese warship, so there is a maritime theme to this first set. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

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Once we were finished with the port, we headed back on the bus towards the centre of Tokyo (if such a thing exists; there seem to be several). We always end up walking around Tsukiji, which is quite amusing given that I'm a vegetarian. Great place to shoot, though.

 

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Elsewhere was a shrine which promised career advancement to those who went there and climbed the steep steps. As we are both more or less content with our respective career situations, we took the elevator to the main area. This red door caught the light in interesting ways.

 

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The concluding part of this short Tokyo sequence will be up (hopefully) at the regular time next week.

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-3-tokyo-part-1 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:02:03 GMT
Extremes, part 2 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-2 Part 2 of this series features the second half of the first shots taken with the RX100 mark 3. Confused? Me too. Anyway, hope you like them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's the "introductory" part of the series out of the way. The coming entries will elaborate further on the "extremes" concept and should be along soon.

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-2 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:04:51 GMT
Extremes, part 1 http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-1 I alluded a while back to "a change". The change in question is the result of my Sony RX10 deciding to no longer work (the memory card slot is basically now useless), which meant I had to find a replacement for it. As fortune would have it, a local camera store had its third incarnation, the RX10 mark 3, for a pretty reasonable deal. As I already had a battery and charger for the mark 1 (both of which work with the mark 3) then it was a perfect solution.

The "extreme" in the title refers to two things. The first is the zoom range of the RX10 mark 3 which goes from (in 35mm terms) 24mm to 600mm. I have never shot with anything even close to that kind of range before; the nearest was a Nikon 28-300 which I used to use. The second "extreme" refers to the subject of later additions to this series (and it could be a long one), so that will be revealed in later posts. 

The other nice thing about going from the RX10 mark 1 to the mark 3 is that I was already pretty familiar with the handling of it (and the picture quality : no complaints whatsoever, especially given that it packs a 25x zoom), so once I'd set the menus and function keys up to how I like them, I was ready to go. Of course, being Sony, the menus are in Japanese only for what is presumably some marketing reason or other), but you can't have it all...anyway, to start off this series, some of the first shots I took with the RX10 mark 3. Hope you like them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's just part 1 of what looks likely to be a pretty extensive series. Keep an eye out for the next part which should hopefully be along in a week or two.

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/extremes-part-1 Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:14:21 GMT
Party like it's summer in Japan http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/party-like-its-summer-in-japan I know I said that "change was coming", and it is, but I realized that I have a (short) article's worth of shots from the Epson, mainly covering some recent festivals and events. Summer in Japan means just that : festivals and events, and it is a good time to have a camera with you. It happened to be the Epson (and that's part of the "change" story which will be along soon), so everything here is from the R-D1. Mostly festival-related with a couple of general street shots. Hope you like them!

 

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That's it for this entry (but there will be plenty more festival-related shots in the next one)

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/party-like-its-summer-in-japan Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:20:02 GMT
Change is on the way, but first... http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/new-experiences-part-1 A regular old set of photos. I typically post on a Sunday evening, but this time tomorrow I'm going to be in Tokyo and will probably be filling up a memory card like nobody's business. So Saturday night it is.

There's no real theme beyond that, but I hope you like the pictures.

 

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I said there was no theme as such, but I just realised that almost of all of these are from the R-D1. To balance that out, a couple from the iPhone.

 

 

 

 

The next post will reveal the "change" in question. In the meantime, thanks for looking!

 

 

 

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mark24173@yahoo.co.uk (JTL Photography) http://jtlphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/new-experiences-part-1 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:31:40 GMT