Dark wet days lead into night...

Feb 09, 2019,04:36 AM
 

Sometimes a day, a week, two weeks make all the difference.  There was little snow in Aomori and the city of Hirosaki was awash with slush...  on 岩木山 (Mount Iwaki - a 1,624 m stratovolcano) there was enough snow for night skiing, and after a late night pizza the city turned crisp & winterish.







On the other hand, today (9-Feb) it was -31°C in Hokkaido and snowing while there was also a light snow in central Tokyo.  I am in Nagano for a couple of weeks where there is no snow (typical for this local area), but cold... -11°C at night and warming up to -2°C during the day... it's turning out to be an interesting winter... I am still looking for snow ; )

Casey

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Thank you Nico...

 
 By: cshimokita : February 9th, 2019-14:58
The Mount Iwaki photo was shot through a double glass window which created some point of light flaring near the edges of the image. Normally when shooting through a window I press the filter to the glass to reduce reflections... it was cloudy during my en... 

Noir....

 
 By: Adamska : February 9th, 2019-09:39
Marvelously moody set . Could work immaculately well for a detective Philip Marlowe story setting . Cheers, Filip

Thanks Filip...

 
 By: cshimokita : February 9th, 2019-14:59
I didn't get much sun during the trip but I think that I can find and post a lighter, brighter photo from that area ; ) One of the famous photographers from Aomori was 小島一郎 (Ichirō Kojima - 1924~1964)... in his very short career he published only one book... 

Very nice moody set Casey.

 
 By: fernando : February 9th, 2019-18:35
I see the distinction with film. Hokkaido next year? I can almost guarantee plenty of snow! cheers fernando

Thank you fernando...

 
 By: cshimokita : February 10th, 2019-04:09
At the moment my thinking runs along the lines of an extended stay (3-4 weeks) in Aomori with side trips to Hokkaido... I am drawn to the area south of Asahikawa, but the National Park north of that city is also very beautiful... From Aomori it's a easy s... 

Thanks W72...

 
 By: cshimokita : February 10th, 2019-04:18
That first photo is the main street through the historical shopping area... department stores etc and runs from the train station to the castle park... about 30 minutes walk. I always buy and ship local apples back to friends in Tokyo... Aomori has the be... 

Hi Casey - thanks for the additional information about the place.

 
 By: W72 : February 10th, 2019-19:55
It looks like a nice town for a winter visit (even with the slush ). I like the overall sunlight and shade areas - nicely balanced giving the photograph a specific "gray" mood. Was it the tri-x 400 that you used? I like this film and also the Ilford D 400... 

W72... that film was Fujifilm Neopan 100

 
 By: cshimokita : February 11th, 2019-03:19
a b&w negative film that has since been discontinued... I have "a little" stock in the freezer ; ) I have been shooting TRI-X 400 this week in Nagano Prefecture and will see the results in a couple of weeks. I actually prefer ISO100 if I can find it... Fo... 

BW always

 
 By: Quan : February 17th, 2019-01:56
create more dramatic feel and draw viewer try to understand the message from the photographer......just my opinion Great one Casey

So far this year I have shot mostly b&w film...

 
 By: cshimokita : February 17th, 2019-05:08
in some ways I am drawn to the results, as well I prefer ISO 100 as 400 tends to be a compromise... just my opinion ; ) Casey