WAVES IN HDR, PHUKET

We took our March break in Phuket this year. The Le Meridien is a great stop; outside of the hustle and bustle of Phuket but still accessible with a great private beach.

The waves would kick up some mornings, making for some great shots. Config: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 28-300mm f/2.8 USM.

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A contrast to a calm sunset.

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PARLIAMENT, NEW DELHI, INDIA

A trip to India in December is tricky. The weather is perfect (14-20C) for touring but it can be very, very foggy. Anu (our guide) mentioned a number of times how lucky we were as he has taken groups to sites like the Taj Mahal and been disappointed as the fog can be unpredictable.

We did not stop for parliament, except to take a few shots .. a light fog and all.

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I am not sure about this shot. Love the sun over parliament, but perhaps the buildings are too dark. It was quite foggy.

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If I had more time, I would spend more time on this shot in Lightroom.

AFTER THE STORM

There have been a number of typhoons hitting Tokyo this year. Last week was our 2nd of note, involving closed schools and public transportation.

After the storm, the sky cleared. A few shots. Config: Canon 5D Mark III, 28-70mm f/2.8. The moon was very bright.

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As the sun set, the sky went pink.

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FUJI-SAN, HELLO

We are moving offices in a few months. The great view of Mt. Fuji will be replaced by a different view.

Fortunately, Fuji-san finally came out and I happened to have my camera (Configuration: Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f/1.2, shot handheld HDR).

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The rest of the view. At the bottom is a huge cemetery. I need to get there.

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If you look into the background, you will notice that Tokyo is ringed by mountains.

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I will miss the sunsets ……

A YELLOW SKY, TOKYO

I had to get up in the middle of the night to attend a call after the sandstorm. The sky was an eerie yellow. Supposedly the sand did come from China.

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Unfortunately it has led to our learning about PM 2.5 and how Chinese pollution is effecting the region:

Atmospheric particulate matter – also known as particulates or particulate matter (PM) – are tiny pieces of solid or liquid matter associated with the Earth’s atmosphere. They are suspended in the atmosphere as atmospheric aerosol, a term which refers to the particulate/air mixture, as opposed to the particulate matter alone. However, it is common to use the term aerosol to refer to the particulate component alone.[1] Sources of particulate matter can be man made or natural. They can adversely affect human health and also have impacts on climate and precipitation. Subtypes of atmospheric particle matter include suspended particulate matter (SPM), respirable suspended particle (RSP;particles with diameter of 10 micrometres or less), fine particles, and soot.

In speaking with a colleague today he mentioned that when he was a child Tokyo was very polluted due to rapid industrial expansion. Over the years Japan has spent a huge amount of money to clean the air. I was surprised, as smog is not something that I have seen in Tokyo.

The weather has been up and down this week, cold and hot. On this hot day I happened to bring my camera and get a few shots off of Fuji-san and the Tokyo skyline.

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A gorgeous sunset.

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No smog ….

A FEW TOKYO SKYLINE PHOTOS

 

.. continuing on the theme. Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-70mm lens.

A full moon over Tokyo.

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Sunrise off of a picture I love by Christos Palios.

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Sunset reflections on Tokyo.

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A cool sky that morning.

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A not so cool sky the morning of the big storm. Getting to the airport was a nightmare.

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But most often, Tokyo skies are clear. Especially this time of year. This weekend? 17C in February. Excellent.

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