Showing posts from January, 2018

Industrial scene

I went along to Futtsu point to sit out the light. There's a huge huge steel structure there, the Meiji 100 Centennial Observation Tower, that was built in 1971 to celebrate the centenary of the Meiji Restoration, using steel made at the nearby Nippon Steel facility. The '100' is because it is on the list of the 100 best places to view Mt. Fuji, 100km across the bay to the west.

I came to photograph the sunset, but was thwarted by cloud on this occasion. Instead, I sat out the light admiring the industrial skyline to the north east, including the aforementioned Nippon Steel facility.


Today I gave myself a lesson in how to look at the same scene from different perspectives. Different angles, different lights, different moods... these shots were all taken within a few hundred metres of each other, all towards the end of the day.

And it really was a beautiful day.

Fuji thoughts

When the light is clear and the breeze is fresh but not icy, I often stay close to the beach. The ocean inspires me, especially when I have it to myself, and particularly when it gives me Fuji-san as a backdrop.

At such times I can walk for hours, my internal kaleidoscope sparkling my thoughts, just as the sun flecks and gilds the raw beauty of the waves. 

Daylight though is sometimes harsh; bleaching away the good as well as the bad. Much better to wait until nature's photographer slips on his sunset filter. The thoughts are easier then; slow moving and heavy with warmth.

As the sun goes down, my thoughts do too... to some still and sheltered cove... a warm jacket, a cold beer, and an ocean of me reflecting the starlight.


So, autumn came late this year, summer sticking around a little longer than any of us thought it would, and much longer than anyone wanted it to. The heat was finally tempered and then cast aside by the massive typhoons that have swept through over the last few weeks, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.
It's a seasonal change which leaves us staring winter in the face, but it's a change that's more often than not welcomed by all with a massive sigh of relief. The heat has worn us down. We're wilted and, quite frankly, fed up of wearing the same shorts and t-shirt for several months (well, not literally the same ones, you understand). Autumn is a time for a change to that. An opportunity to go out and, like the trees all around us, get ourselves some fancy new clothes to welcome the winter with. A chance too, to flex our newly returned energy and get away from the cooler and, you know, actually do something; go somewhere.
Ordinarily, the change in th…