Okay so this was a great learning opportunity! Actually, everything about photography is a learning experience for me still, but this challenge was intimidating – mostly because it included elements from Week 35: Translucent Outdoor Long Exposures that I didn’t have time to try, plus infrared photography which I was not familiar with. All that said, I think my first attempts with translucent long exposure in infrared came out okay.
Here are the best shots I managed – taken with a 70-300mm zoom lens, tripod and shutter release; with edits in Lightroom. I played around a lot with ISO and shutter release timing for exposure – hopefully, I learned something. Best yet, I was able to stay home and shoot the event from my “backyard” (that’s New York speak for slab between tall buildings) 🙂 – I thought I was going to have to brave Central Park at midnight for the best view. God is good – He’s always looking out for me! 😉
Comments and suggestions on photographing the moon are welcome.
I began and ended my vacation in Milan, Italy. Sight-seeing was not an interest for this trip, but I couldn’t bring myself to travel so far and not visit a note-worthy site and take some photos. I opted for the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II across the plaza from the cathedral.
All of the below photos are stitched using Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Editing done in Lightroom.
A couple of years ago, I saw Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a 1959 French film set in Hiroshima, Japan following the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. I had learned a very sanitized version of the bombings in school, but I don’t recall ever seeing the effects of the bombing, i.e. the large-scale destruction of life and the desolation of the survivors. Prior to watching Hiroshima, Mon Amour, I had not heard of the bombings in any personalized way. Suffice it to say that the film left an impression.
A couple of months ago, I visited Montreal, Quebec and spent an afternoon at the Botanical Garden. I spent the majority of my time that afternoon in the Japanese Garden. I trailed through the meditation spaces, lingered over the bonsai trees and wept over the Hiroshima memorial of drawings by survivors. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but it’s been difficult to revisit my photographs and the personal stories they captured. However, the 70th anniversary of the murder of so many Japanese people seemed to be an appropriate time to share the images.
We should all work to eliminate the idea that we need to destroy others in order for some to live with their own ideas of freedom. Visit the City of Hiroshima web site for current information about the city.
by Yashinori Kato 17yrs old at the time of the bombing
Masahiko Nakata 15 yrs old at time of bombing
Torao Izuhara 23yrs old at the time of the bombing