Category Archives: Photography

Autumn Lights | 秋の光 | 秋天的燈光

This was shot before the little stroll in Edinburgh. I came across the scenery on the way home on the bus and thought, “I need to come back to shoot this!” I liked how the street lights managed to bring out the colours in the leaves and if you weren’t sitting on the top deck of the bus or happen to look up, I doubt you would notice this.

Being busy with my full time job these days of course I had to wait until the weekend but I eventually managed to capture the scenery before the tree lost its autumn coat. Wasn’t very easy with the cold gales blowing outside. A few people stopped by wondering if I was trying to take a picture of the light and when I answered I was trying to capture the leaves with a bokeh (i.e. blur) in the background they said “Oh…” and walked off.

Since I was using a zoom lens at f/5 however, the bokeh didn’t turn out that well but I like how sharp some of the leaves in the foreground turned out using manual focus and exposure settings.

Thinking about getting an f/2 100mm prime lens right now for better bokeh and narrower depth of view.

The Small Lives of Summer | 夏の小さな生命 | 夏天的小生命

Been out wandering with my camera again but didn’t get any ideas for any shots I could work with. I did catch sight of this common butterfly again though which I had taken a photo of some time ago at Pollok Park. Thought I could try to get a better shot of it this time with my DSLR.

I was told it might be a Monarch Butterfly (the ones from Trauma Team) but I decided to look it up this time. Turns out it’s actually a “Painted Lady” named because of the way the spots appear on its wings. The Monarch has a much larger black brim that runs all the way round its wings and doesn’t migrate over the UK…

Apparently it can be seen all around the world due to its tolerance to cold temperatures but summer time, June is the peak time when these butterflies migrate into Scotland. Have you seen this in your country?

また一眼を持ちながらお散歩行ってきましたが、いいアイデアが思い付けなかった。それでも、またあの時の蝶を見かけて写真をもっと良く撮るようにやってみました。まあ、普段の蝶だけど、面白い名前が付いてるらしいね。「Painted Lady」って「ペイントのかけている蝶」という意味とか。何だか「6人の医師ホスピタル」で登場のオオカバマダラの形しているらしいが違うです。ちなみにこの時期にスコットランドには数が一番多そう。日本でも見かけたことある?

再次拿著相機出去散歩了但沒有想到拍什麼相好。不過在公園裏又再遇到上次在Pollok Park拍了的蝴蝶。雖然很普遍但名稱幾有趣叫Painted Lady因爲翼上的白點像油彩。有些似Monarch Butterfly但不是。好像這個時期最多。在你的國家也看到嗎?

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Up The Alley Stairs | 裏町階段登ってゆこう | 上後巷樓梯去

Been meaning to process this shot for a while. I took it when I was out on a Sunday and came across a little market place in town. I never noticed it before despite walking past the spot many times. This time, the blaring music at the arch by Sloans Market Place was enough to catch my attention so I popped in to have a look around.

Unfortunately I seem to have only kept this shot from that day so I can’t show you the goods that were on sale but you can find all sorts of old items such as books, antique postcards, hand crafts and local photographs for sale there as you would expect from a market place. There’s also a little pub if you’re at the legit drinking age.

Anyway, noticed this staircase towering in the corner and thought I could try something with it. Pity I didn’t notice the security camera got in the way until I got home but again, just like “After The Rain” I can’t decide which processed RAW is better… The colour or black and white version so I’m just posting both.

ずーっとここで通っていたが、最近までこのマーケットのことが気付いていなかった。でも、日曜日に大声のお陰でちょっと入ってみてきた。

残念ながらあの日に撮った写真はこれしか残っていなくて売っていた物を見せてあげられません。いろんな古いものがあったが、手芸品や地元の写真も あった。それから、もう成年の方は飲みに行くことも出来るパブもあります。

そしてある角にこの非常階段を気付いていました。「何かいい写真になるだろ」と思って撮りました。ちなみに黒白版か色付きがどっちがいいか分からん か打てどっちもここで載せるね(笑)

我常常經過這裏但只是最近才發現有這様叫「Sloans Market Place」的地方。聽到許大聲的音樂我走入去看看。

可惜那天拍的相只留下了這一張所以不可給大家在市裏有什麼賣但有手工品,很久的書和相。在這裏也可以去酒巴喝洒。

再看一會兒就發覺這絛緊急樓梯,覺得可拍成一張有趣的相所以拍下來。不知黑白好還是彩色所以兩張都上載。

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Rock Snail | 石の牛歩 | 石蝸牛

If you’ve been following me on Twitter then this is the snail I mentioned the other day.

I was taking out the trash for the week then found it in the garden. It doesn’t look that big in this shot but from a distance it looked like a rock. I thought the crows had dropped some of their scavenged bread again ^^;

Liked the look of the texture on its shell so I took a photo of it. Never noticed they had lower tentacles too… Usually we just see their upper ones with the eye at the end!

So, who care’s about 5 Centimetres Per Second when you can watch a snail crawl at 1mm/s? Kidding of course!

先日ゴミ捨てをしていたけど、この牛歩が庭で見つけた。この写真ではあまり大きく見えないが、遠く見ると結構大きな石のような見える。またカラスが何かの食べ物を落ちたのかなと思ってた(^^;

殻のテクスチャーが面白そうなので写真を撮りました。いつも頭上の長い触角しか見えなかったが、この写真をよく見ると足元にもあるね。

我在清理垃圾時發現了這雙蝸牛。從這張相來看好像不大但在遠看好像一個石。初初想可能又是烏鴉跌了什麼東西。

殼質好像幾漂亮所以取了這張相。平時只留意在長長的触角眼但原足下也有触角。

Sky Shot at Cowcaddens | カウカッデンズでの空写真 | Cowcaddens天空相片

Been a while since I made an entry in the photography section so while I was out yesterday to pick up my tickets for the Evangelion 2.0 UK premiere, I decided to go for a little location hunting again.

Sky and silhouette shots are very common so making such photos stand out is tough but then again, photography is art so what one likes is a matter of personal preference – It might just be a picture you flip through and forget or, it might be one that you can spend time on admiring the details. I liked the way this one turned out, though. The night sky starting to creep in while the golden sunset can still be seen in the horizon and a skeleton structure to the left instead of your usual solid shapes.

長い間に写真を撮らなかったなぁ。だから昨日、エヴァ:破のチケットを買いに出掛けた時またちょっとお散歩してきました。

空やシルエットの写真はかなり人気あるから人に注目されるのはちょっと難しいですね。まあ、写真は美術だから人はそれぞれの好みがあるって当然なことだろう。でも、この写真はちょっと気に入った。夜空は段々近付いたり、金色の夕焼けも見えたり、そして左に「骨」のような建物が見えますよね。

很久沒出外拍攝了所以作天去買「新世紀福音戰士:破」英國首映的標時去試試找好地方。

天空和有剪影的相片有許多人拍攝所以很難有特色。不過攝影是一種藝術所以每個人的品味會不同。這相片不錯。可看了夜空慢慢到來,遙遠金色的夕陽和左邊未完成的建築物。

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