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I love where I live

Here are some photos of around where I live, in Ichinomya in Chiba, Japan…

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I got up at 4:30am to get some sunrise shots on the beach. It was Sunday, and even at sunrise the beach is crowded with surfers – many from Tokyo on their weekend break – quite possibly their one day off each week.
Technical: I exposed for the background of this image to silhouette the figures against the back light. By setting the white balance to flash, I enhanced the colour temperature to an even warmer tone than the true early morning light.

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Black, volcanic sand with tetrapods protecting the land from typhoon swells and tsunamis. People leave their surfboards, bikes and shoes lying around, because nobody steals things in Japan.

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I love the morning sunlight on this boat.
Technical: The hazy atmosphere diffused the sun to soften the warm early-morning sunlight. I shot at a fairly wide-angle to distort the shape of the boat and enhance the surreal feeling of the image.

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A few of our neighbours, with rice paddies in the foreground. Japanese people tend to have different taste in housing colours, to what I’m used to back in Australia. Pink is a bit of a favourite choice around here.
Technical: Breaking the rule of thirds, I cut this image in half, which I think often works really well for reflections. The air was completely still, so I was able to capture this perfect reflection, without a single ripple on the water.

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Afternoon light on our neighbour’s rice crop – just before planting
Technical: Shot at f/1.8 on a 50mm canon lens provided very shallow depth-of-field
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Technical: Shooting this bike at ‘correct’ exposure gave a really average shot, so I underexposed dramatically to capture the thick, heavy atmosphere, typical of many Asian places. The particles in the atmosphere are what give tone to the sky here.

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I waited for the tide to bring the water in to the perfect place to reflect the sun like this, contrasting with the black sand.
Technical: I shot with a fast shutter speed to freeze every detail of the moving water.

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So many surfers, so little waves
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Car insurance/registration is really expensive in Japan, so many people choose to just leave their car to rust away and buy a new one. Similarly, it’s expensive to have your rubbish collected so a lot of rubbish is also left lying around the countryside in people yards….or cars.

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Rubbish needs to be sorted into cardboard, plastic and styrofoam, or combustible and non-combustible – Yes, the burnt it!

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Our new seedlings – beans, capsicum, cucumber

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Our ‘hashi’ – chopsticks

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The surfer in our toilet – when you flush, the water refills through the top of the cistern, so you can wash your hands, and the water is recycled into the tank – Absolute Brilliance!

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