I wish I had more time to sit down and document all the things that have happened recently, but I seem to be playing catch up with so much at the moment. Hopefully, things will calm next week and I will get around to recording all the great things I have experienced in recent weeks.
Here are two images from the recent short trip to Tokyo. Is there anywhere in the world where the people are as obsessed with keeping dry as in Tokyo? Everyone, except this for this guy it seems, carries an umbrella.
This iPhone shot was taken late on my last night in Tokyo. It had been raining for more than 24 hours solid. These young people are handing out flyers to passersby to attract them into their nightclubs and bars. They didn’t hand any to me. I must be getting old.
Lightroom. Fantastic software for editing photographs, but scary if you move the locations of the folders where you store the photos. Last night, I decided to tidy up my cluttered desktop. The way I work with photos is that I use iPhoto for storage and mainly Lightroom and sometimes Snapseed for editing. When I want to work on a shot I drag it from iPhoto to Lightroom. I also use Snapseed for editing and this creates folders on the desktop. Why, I do not know or understand. Anyway, imagine my horror when I opened up Lightroom after my reorganising the desktop and clicked on a photo and the ‘cannot locate the image’ warning appeared! Appeared on over 400 images. I freaked. I googled. I searched. I located the missing folder and have vowed never to mess with it again.
Something similar happened when I used to upload directly from Lightroom to Flickr. I remember editing a photo I had posted to Flickr and reposting it and losing all the faves and comments I had accrued on the original posting. Another time, I deleted by accident an image in LR and it disappeared from Flickr. Now, I export to a desktop folder before uploading. Lesson: Do not trust Lightroom with uploading.
I am posting the last image of the series of With the slowest of jazz music playing.I have another 4 or 5 images to add to the series, but I find interest in the same type of images dwindles after about 4 photographs. I am posting the other images here on the blog and maybe sometime in the future I will post the others to Flickr also.
With the slowest of jazz music playing 
The iPhone photograph is distortion. An effort to recreate what I was seeing. Very often I am asked what I use for blur or to blur the images on the iPhone. I lower the camera, finger on the shutter and quickly lift it and release the image captured is blurred. You can see more of my technique explained in this video.
The camera you have with you is your best camera. I remember reading that and thinking no, it can’t be. Surely, the expensive, top-of-the-range new Nikon is the best camera I have. Nonsense! The best camera is the one with you and nowadays it is my iPhone. What a fabulous invention this is. I do not think I could go a day without it. Its multi-function use makes it indispensable. It is the last thing I access before I sleep and the fist thing I power up when I wake.
Looking back to March 2013, and the images taken with the iPhone in that month, the one that stands out for me is this one I took sitting in the front seat of my father’s car on a wild and stormy night in Cork. We were stopped at traffic lights, the rain was bucketing down, wind holwing and this guy was waiting for the green man to appear before crossing the road. I was watching him wait and realised that he would walk into a very nice frame, I got the iPhone out and instragrammed up and clicked as he passed. Lovely! It is still one of my favourite iPhone images, if not any type of image.
When I lived in Spain my Spanish friends would say to me that Irish weather must be very sad, what with all the rain we get. Sad? Never had I thought of Irish weather being sad. Miserable, yes, but sad never. Sad seemed so tragic, so utterly depressing. Yet, we often describe our weather as being miserable, but it doesn’t seem to impact on our mood. Not in the way it would if we were describing it as sad. Yes, it does rain a lot, and yes, to see the sky without heavy grey clouds is unusual, but we just get on with it. It doesn’t sadden us. But in saying that once Mr. Sun gets its hat on and shines through and disperses those grey clouds our mood does take a positive upturn. But do we describe the weather as being happy? No. And come to think of it, I have never heard my Spanish friends as describing their sunny weather as being happy either.
So, in an effort to cheer you up as we head in to a new week, a week where a lot of rain is promised (or should that be threatened?), here are some images of rain.
Have a nice week. These three images were taken in Fountainstown beach last Saturday with the iPhone. The first and last are the same image processed differently. I was there with a good friend of mine, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, reminiscing as we looked out at the sea through the raindrop covered windscreens. I loved it.