Shinkansen at Yasugawa

Just before Typhoon 19 came to Kansai, I shot a short video clip of the Kyoto-bound Shinkansen as it entered the bridge over Yasugawa near my home in Ritto City. http://youtu.be/KXu_fg3dYtA This Fall I plan to shoot more video with my still camera, an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I have several old Olympus OM System manual […]

A Brace of Pheasants

On August 30th I was taking some photos at Yasugawa near my home when two pheasants flew out from the bushes on my side of the river, just below where I was standing. My camera and long lens were aimed and focused far down the river, so the pheasants crossed the river before I could […]

Birds at Yasugawa

This morning several species of birds were active at Yasugawa in Ritto City near the sports park between the Shinkansen tracks and Japan Route 8 (map). All of these photos were taken with a micro four-thirds camera and a 27-year-old 300mm manual focus lens. Focusing on moving birds is a real challenge with this lens, […]

Neighborhood on a Gloomy Day

On a gloomy Sunday I took some photos of my neighborhood just before the rain started again. This is a fairly typical middle-class neighborhood in semi-rural Japan. My wife and I have lived here since 1980. Our two sons attended the local elementary school, and we have been active in neighborhood affairs for more than […]