“Morning Winter Tree” : Hiroshima, 3rd February 2012
It was morning. It was winter. It was a tree. Not much else I can say about this one
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“Snow Trees” : Hiroshima, 3rd February 2012
Last night it snowed for only about the second time this winter, and by morning there was still enough left on the ground to warrant taking the camera in to work and sneaking around the campus before the 9am class looking for things to photograph.
It was one of those classic winter moments, with blue skies and the crystalline deposits still pristine and untouched, a fairly rare occurrence in this neck of the woods (no pun intended), given the global warming that has taken place over the last few decades.
I say blue skies, but of course in post-processing I opted for this duotone rendering which really emphasises the stark cold of winter more than the natural colours, in my opinion.
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“Stark Winter Scene” : Hakodate, Japan, 4th March 2009
Hokkaido is Japan’s northern-most major island, and a place most folks go to in summer to escape the terrible humidity and heat of the southern part of the country.
I, however, went in March when it resembles the Siberia which is geographically very close. From the top of Hokkaido you can actually see Russian territory on a clear day.
The town of Hakodate is a kind of stepping-stone, a gateway into Hokkaido and the wild north.
It’s had a cosmopolitan history, the remains of which can be seen in foreigner’s cemeteries and a smattering of churches, the Orthodox one still having an incumbent priest.
There’s also a large European-style fortress, no doubt modelled after those of Vauban in France, a huge five-pointed star of moats and emplacements which is fun to clamber round, and where I took this stark image of winter.
At times in Hakodate you can almost be fooled into thinking you are in Europe…
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Almost two years ago I got lost in a snowstorm in the wilds of Japan’s north island Hokkaido. At times I couldn’t tell which was sky and which was land, but after a while the clouds gave way to blue: time to get the Nikon out…