Phoblography

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The waffle bar looks pretty amazing. (at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea)

The waffle bar looks pretty amazing. (at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea)

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Season’s Greetings!

My blog turned three years old today! I want to thank everyone who reads my ramblings and who regularly takes a look at my photography. Your support truly means a lot to me. Photography is a passion and while being self-driven is the best way to achieve great things, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of goals. Support from friends, family, and other enthusiasts helps keep a person on track!

I’ll be heading to northern Michigan once again for the holidays so perhaps I’ll get some snaps of the weather, wildlife, and my frozen, lifeless extremities.

Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for the new year ahead!

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Robinhood

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The Bouquet

The Bouquet

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D. H. Day Farm

D. H. Day Farm

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The Space Needle

The Space Needle

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Japan

I did something unusual a few weeks ago. I decided to set everything aside and go to Japan for a month. My mother was worried.

Image of paranoid mother

I had originally planned to visit South Korea and China as well, but soon concluded that it would be overly stressful and hurried to travel so extensively in such a limited window. In the end I was grateful for my foresight and was able to relax and experience Japan the way it deserved to be experienced.

One of the first things I noticed was how nice people were. I had always heard that many Asian countries, Japan included, were a little bit weary of Westerners. I found Japan to be quite the contrary. One night I spent four hours at a bar with a man by the name of “Zucchini” (Zuki-san) and three or four others I had just met. I spoke embarrassingly little Japanese and they spoke even less English, but we had a fantastic time. Another night I found myself sleeping on the apartment floor of someone I had met only hours before, along with three of her friends. The generosity and warmth of almost every person I met was a very happy surprise.

Droopy is so happy

I enjoyed many different dishes in Japan — many of which I had never heard of. The best fare for me was okonomiyaki and shabu shabu, followed closely by yakitori and yakiniku. Japan has an endless supply of different variations and ways of cooking that are unfamiliar in America.

Some of my favorite moments were with the people I met, and unfortunately this is hard to capture anywhere else but in memory. I was able to capture images of places, however, and I invite you to share in the journey by exploring the album I produced. Japan is replete with beautiful temples, shrines, architecture, gardens, parks, and more. Tokyo manages to fit all of these and more into about 850 square miles, and it’s truly breathtaking. Osaka and Kyoto are impressive in their own right, and I can only imagine what the countryside and coastlines have to offer.

I will certainly return to Japan, and could not recommend it more highly to anyone who is considering travelling there.

(Source: danehillard.com)

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Wacom Intuos5 Touch

I like shiny things.

Last week I was browsing in Best Buy and something I’ve been wanting for some time lay there in front of me, begging to be purchased. I decided it was high time I supplement my photo editing workflow with a pen tablet.

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Neutral Density Filters

I acquired another new toy the other day. I had a chance to use it for the first time last night, and it was a wonderful experience.

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Polarizing Filters

I recently bought a polarizing filter and as I did so I realized how recently I really learned of their advantages. Being as far along as I am in my photography experience, I’ve decided to take some time to write on this so that others might try to pick up a polarizing filter a bit sooner.

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