Yes, five, pretty happy about that! From time to time I enter various photo contests in hopes of being published, making the cut for expositions, or to simply get exposure. Many times it’s through Gurushots.com, a great place to find photo inspiration and check out the work of others! When I do make the cut, it’s usually for a digital exposition; however, it has resulted in being published in a books, twice! Recently, five of my photos were selected for digital displays at various locations.
Yakitori Stand was selected for digital exhibit in the People in the City exhibition at the Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, Spain on November 1-3, 2019. It was taken at one of my little stops when I’m out shooting here where I currently live. It’s in an alley just off Blue Street in Yokosuka, Japan at a yakitori stand where they grill meat in front of you and you stand in line and eat. Each piece of meat is on a kebab stick, eat as much as you want, they count the sticks at the end. 80 Yen per stick or about 75 cents in US Dollars, not bad. Love eating here! I chose to shoot this at night because I wanted to capture just a little motion, also it’s just more colorful in the evening with the lights and coffee machine.
Kegon Falls 6 will be digitally shown in the Our Amazing Planet Exhibit at the Annual Photography Conference held by the Galitz Photography School in Tel Aviv, Isreal on November 26, 2019. This is the amazing Kegon Falls near Nikko, Japan. To say this place is breath taking is an understatement, it’s incredibly huge and has several smaller falls surrounding it. Kegon Falls is considered one of “Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls“, according to a listing published by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in 1990. I’m already planning return trips in autumn and winter!
This photo, Closing Time, was chosen for digital Exposition for Dramatic Lighting at the Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, Spain on November 2-3, 2019. It was taken at the Taiko Drum Festival in Narita, Japan. The festival was over and we were waiting to board our bus to return home when I spotted these guys cleaning and prepping the kitchen for the next day. I didn’t bring a tripod, so this was shot completely handheld at ISO 3200 while steading myself a telephone pole! I’ve read all the reviews about how the Canon 6d Markii is totally inadequate in low light situations, I don’t buy it. I like this camera so much that I purchased a second one as a back up!
Chureito Pagoda 5 was picked for digital display in the Artistic Photography Exposition at the Thessaloniki Art Fair, November 21-24, 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece. It was taken at one of the most iconic Japanese shot locations you can get, the Churieto Pagoda near Fujiyoshida, Japan. First you have to climb the 400 stairs, but once you’re up there it’s pretty incredible with an unobstructed view of Mount Fuji. I was really to go for something different in the black and white genre here, I already had a bunch of shots showing how beautiful this place was. I was trying to give it a mysterious look without being gloomy, because that’s how the Churieto Pagoda feels, beautiful and mysterious. I’m hoping to get back this year when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!
This photo, called Skipping, was chosen to be digitally shown at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece on December 13-15, 2019 with the At the Beach Exposition. I had just received a new lens in the mail (Tamron 150-600 G1) and my girls wanted to go to the beach, so we went and I let them run while trying out the lens – win/win! This photo, taken at Imperial Beach, CA, kind of describes my daughters personalities. On the left is the older and more grounded one who doesn’t take chances, plays it safe, probably future Jeep owner who won’t leave second gear. On the right, in the air, is the younger who operates at full speed 24/7, throws caution to the wind, and totally opposite of her sister.
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