A colorless post – 渋いポスト

IMG_6153.JPGAs regular readers of this blog know, I enjoy photography (to put it mildly). My main tool is a Fujifilm X-E1 mirrorless camera, for which I have 6 lenses. The great thing about a camera with interchangeable lenses is that you can adapt it to virtually any situation that might arise. Telephoto, macro, nature photography, etc., are all possible with the same camera body. The down side of this type of system is that dirt is likely to get into the camera no matter how careful you are when changing lenses. After nearly two years of use, odd spots were showing up in my photos, which meant a sensor cleaning was in order. I went in to the Fujifilm Service Station in Midtown, Tokyo and had it done. Now, this is a very dangerous place for a photo nut to spend time. All of the Fujifilm X series of mirrorless cameras and lenses were on display for people to play with. I tried the latest fixed-lens X100T and – as expected – I immediately felt a NEED to add this camera to my photographic arsenal. Never mind that I can do very similar photography with my present camera. Never mind the fact that it costs ¥150,000 ($1,300 USD), which is approximately ¥150,000 more than I have to spend at the moment. It takes fabulous photos! It is cool looking! It is… well, I am a sucker for anything shiny and new.

The point of this long preamble is that since I (obviously) couldn’t have the X100T, I tried something new with the camera I do have. With it’s freshly cleaned sensor I tried out a black and white setting recommended by a pro photographer on the web (B&W, yellow filter, highlights set at +1) and did some shooting in the city. I eventually walked from Roppongi to Shinjuku, and here are a few of the things I saw through the camera, in black and white.
1. Threatening clouds in the Roppongi area. 六本木周辺の雲。IMG_6152.JPG2. Modern sculpture in the garden behind Tokyo Midtown. 東京ミッドタウン裏の現代美術作品。


IMG_6150.JPG3. Winter skies and bare trees. 冬の木々。

IMG_6147.JPG4. Nogi Park, the former home of General and Mrs Nogi, who lived during the Meiji era (19th century). In the Shinto shrine adjoining the park there is a display room that houses the swords with which General Nogi and his wife committed ritual suicide on the day of Emperor Meiji’s funeral. It was an interesting find, to say the least. 港区の乃木公園。明治時代の有名な乃木将軍と奥様が住んでいた家、庭などが公園になっています。そして、隣の神社の展示室に乃木将軍に関するものが展示さてれています。興味深い場所でした。



IMG_6157.JPG5. Wandering on toward Shinjuku from Nogi Park I found myself in front of the Kaigakan, or Emperor Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. This time I didn’t go inside, but it did seem a fitting stop after Nogi Park. ゴールは


I hope this “colorless” post didn’t depress your holiday mood. I promise to return to red, green, and gold color themes in my next post. (Though I do like the results gained for the settings I mentioned above). 以上で、今日の渋いポストを終了します。明日からはまたクリスマスの華やかな色に戻ります。

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