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SAT 06 Jan. 2007 (No.1374)


Rapid stream





Use a CPL filter and not let it full effect enables you to take a picture like this. Be aware of shutter speed. The slower, the worse. If needed use a higher ISO value.


Canon EOS-1D MarkII, 80mm, 1/20, ISO100, F5.6, -4/3, Shiraito Fall, Shizuoka

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:50

FRI 05 Jan. 2007 (No.1373)


Mt. Fuji and the moon





The occasion that the morning sun shoots at the top of Mt. Fuji, and, at the same time the full moon sinks is quite rare, only several times in a year. If the morning sky is clear by chance, this kind of photo can be taken.


Canon EOS-1D MarkII, 500mm, 1/100, ISO100, F4.5, -4/3, Gotemba, Shizuoka

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:49

THU 04 Jan. 2007 (No.1372)


Salt preserved





Murakami is a town that succeeded in salmon's artificial proliferation for the
first time in the world some 250 years ago. The town is famous for the production of salt preserved salmon even now. Although the salmon is very expensive, costs more than ten tousand yen for one, the taste is unbelievablly superb.


Canon EOS20D, 10mm, 1/100, ISO800, F5.6, -4/3, Murakami, Nigata

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:48

WED 03 Jan. 2007 (No.1371)


Angel's stairs





I went to Sasagawa-Nagare in Nigata to attend a New Year party of Osampo-Net Hokuriku branch. Although the Japan Sea is generally stormy and nasty in winter, it was exceptionally calm that day.


CANON EOS-1D MarkII, 112mm, 1/250, ISO125, F5.6, -7/3, Sasagawanagare, Nigata

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:47

TUE 02 Jan. 2007 (No.1370)


Lovely shrike





In Japan, a shrike is called "one hundred tongs". Because it is very good at mimicry of other birds' singing. In winter, it's red feather turns vivid and looks so pretty that the nickname, "bucher-bird", does not fit to it's lovelyness.


CANON EOS20D, 500mm, 1/640, ISO400, F4.5, -2/3, Koshigaya, Saitama

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:46

MON 01 Jan. 2007 (No.1369)


New Year's prayer





There is no mandatory law that the Japanese should visit to pray at a shrine or a temple on New Year's Day. Despite the fact that the old customs are vanishing year by year, newspaper said that 97.95 million people went to shrines or temples on New Year's Day this year. It is nearly 90% of the total population. At Nishiarai Daishi temple there came about 700 thousand people who made a very long queue which took nearly three hours to enter in the temple precincts. Are Japanese still ruled by the superstition? If told that not going to New Year's prayer brings you a lot of unhappiness, absolutely nobody can reject to do so.


CANON EOS2D, 17mm, 1/640, ISO100, F4, -2/3, Nishi-Arai, Tokyo

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:45

SUN 31 Dec. 2006 (No.1368)


On the glass wall





"The Magic Flute" was carried live to Japan from the Metropolitan opera house in New York. With Oni-yome, my wife, I went to see it on a humongous screen in Kabukiza theatre. Kabukiza is the place where traditional Japanese performance, Kabuki, is staged, however, on that night Mozart took over Kabuki!! Reflected on the glass wall is Kabukiza.


CANON EOS20D, 100mm, 1/160, ISO100, F5.6, -2/3, Ginza, Tokyo

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-10 23:44

SAT 30 Dec. 2006 (No.1367)


Year end shopping street





The first three days in the new year are holidays. As almost all shops are closed during the three days, people have to buy and prepare foods before the new year comes. The congestion of a shopping street is a seasonal and poetic event to remind us of the end of year.


Canon EOS-1D MarkII, 56mm, 1/50, ISO100, F8.0, -2/3, Ueno, Tokyo

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-07 19:18

FRI 29 Dec. 2006 (No.1366)


Tokyo at night





This is the picture taken last night when I visited mom's. From her window Tokyo looks very beautiful after dark. Living alone is not a very easy thing for an old lady. The beautiful scenery may rather enhance her loneliness.


Canon EOS-1D MarkII, 90mm, 5 sec., ISO100, F5.6, -2/3, Adachi, Tokyo

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-07 19:17

THU 28 Dec. 2006 (No.1365)


Mom's





Last night my old mother called me and said "I will take you to the theatre tomorrow. Let's see a movie." Actually it was I who had to take her to the theatre. After the movie when I said bye to her, she gave me 100 yen and said "Thank you for coming and taking me out. . Buy anything you want with this money". In her mind it looks like the time has stopped for 50 years and I am a little boy. With 100 yen, nobody can buy even a jug of beer these days.


Canon EOS-1D MarkII, 90mm, 1/25, ISO100, F5.6, -2/3, Adachi, Tokyo

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by kit_takenaga | 2007-01-07 19:16