The city you see on the other side is Turkey’s fifth most populated city, Adana. There is an American Air Base minutes away from this city. It is kind of arid, dusty, and dingy compared to what most Americans are used to, so most of them think Adana is a terrible place. I, however, love it. Where else can you get some of the best food in the world for cheap while watching people drag 100ft long bundles of rebar down the street in the middle of traffic while an old man squats in the median to relieve himself? It feels like a different planet, but there are hidden gems all over the place.
I finally bought an Arca-Swiss plate for my 70-200 tripod foot so I can start getting some landscape and architectural shots with this most excellent lens. I have really liked the results, although, if it gets very windy, I find that my carbon fiber tripod is a little bit too much on the travel size to be able to handle long exposure shots with the 70-200 mounted up there without getting a little blur. It was a bit windy this evening, so I had to hang my entire bag on the tripod to ensure all exposures would come out sharp.
Tonight is kind of sad since it may be the last time that I ever make it into the city of Adana before I leave for Japan. A lot of good times were had the first time I lived here since it is where I met, dated, and married my wife. Adana feels like such a foreign land compared to any other place I have ever been and I really love it. The crazy shit you see people do here is always entertaining as well! Anyways, me and my buddy found this bridge underpass and used my SB-600 light to create the shadow of me and then painted the scene with green and blue LED key chain lights.
So I just realized it has been about 3 weeks since I have taken a picture or worked on any. I am being bad, I know. I am still living out of a hotel, getting over my initial sickness that most people get when they first get to Turkey, looking for a vehicle armed with very basic knowledge of the local language, and trying to stay in touch with my wife so neither of us end up going crazy being apart for so long.
Hopefully in the next few weeks I can start finding some time and motivation at the end of the day to get back into it. Until then, here is the last shot I posted to Flickr over 3 weeks ago. This is the Kintai-kyo bridge located in Iwakuni. Definitely worth the trip if you happen to be near the Hiroshima area!
I think I burned sunspots into my eye as the sun pierced my ocular cavity as I peered into the viewfinder trying to quickly compose this shot before the sun disappeared behind the horizon. Without corrective lenses or contacts, I am legally blind. So either I shouldn’t worry about sunspots or maybe I should be more careful..
Boy was it cold today when me and Amber finally went out to get some pictures around Lake Sayama! So far I am very happy with the D80. I am still in the middle of my devious plan trying to get Amber into photography with the D40. Remember to put your DSLR on matrix metering before having someone not familiar with the minute details of photography take it out to have spot metering clip all the channels!
We went up to the Itsukashi area today to check out a waterfall. We came across this really neat looking bridge that led to a really neat looking restaurant. We ran into a really friendly Japanese guy that had a long conversation with us in Japanese… I think he was telling us how badass the restaurant up ahead is.
The bridge was shaking a lot from the pedestrian traffic walking across it and probably a little from the wind. I was happy that the photo came out at all, albeit a bit blurry.
I need to time a trip to the Okutama area when it is socked in with fog to capture some really unique shots of the bridges along the reservoir.
It was surprisingly cold the day we went up there. About 20 minutes drive from the spot where this photo was taken, a thermometer was reading 5 degrees Celsius!