I was packing for a badass trip to the Sangre de Cristo mountains for some paragliding, hiking, and photography when my wife gets a call on the phone. Time to go back to work. The bastards! We had a good 6 or 7 week run of no work, so I can’t really complain. Anyways I am taking out my frustrations on Lightroom. These were all taken at the Port of Yokohama on the Ōsanbashi Pier.
Believe it or not, but I spent a lot of time pissed off at Japan. The high road tolls, sneaky expensive train costs, super crowds, waiting in lines, waiting in trains, waiting in traffic, humidity.. I found a lot to frustrate me. Then I left for Turkey thinking I would not be back again, then our plans changed and I ended up getting to spend a couple more months back in Japan before leaving.
While I was away I guess I started to realize how great it was for photography alone. You literally go anywhere in the city and take a picture and you will usually end up with an interesting building, shrine, or human element. I could never get bored of surfing trains deep into Tokyo with all my camera stuff and an iPod playing the soundtrack to life. The amount of unique culture in Japan is astounding and seems to find its way into almost all said buildings, shrines, and human elements. The way the Japanese people conduct themselves with utmost integrity blows my mind. You can walk around alone with a bag full of money strapped to your back in the middle of the night almost anywhere in Tokyo and you would be okay. I would love to go back someday, but next time up north in the mountains since I am not a big city type of person. Then I would have the best of both worlds dipping my spoon into the big cities when I grow restless from chilling in natural springs with my snow monkey friends.
Yesterday was a really nice day in Tokyo and Yokohama, shorts weather even. We decided to head to Yokohama for one last time before we leave in a couple of months. I had yet to visit the Ōsanbashi Pier and I did not have a tripod on me for night shots the last time I went. I also finally received a desktop monitor that morning, so finally here I am editing some shots. We are heading to Hokkaido for the majority of next week departing tomorrow, so I gotta post and pack. Excited to get back into the swing of photography when I get back and also hopefully getting some decent shots on the slopes and in Sapporo.
Their pier itself is a geometric orgasm of elegantly placed and angled two-by-four planks; basically the largest, most stylish deck probably on Earth. You could spend a year shooting it everyday and you could probably find a better angle, a better shot each time. Still, I ended up spending most of my time sniping all the interesting people that were out and about.