A picture taken with my new camera on my bike while cruising my neighborhood’s back streets on the weekend.
First Fujisan sunset of 2013
Pet Project: Sunsetter
At home I have a nice view of the Fujisan to the south-west. I often take pictures of it in winter when the skies are so clear.
Many times I’ve told myself it would be nice to take a picture with the sun setting right behind the mountain. I’ve searched the internet for an app that would tell me when this happens but all I could find were apps that tell you where the sun sets on a particular day, not the other way around. So I decided to build it…
The app still needs polish but the data it gives out should be pretty accurate and reliable at normal altitudes (standing on top of a very tall mountain overlooking a wide plain will change the distance of the horizon and screw with the calculations a bit).
If this app was useful to you or you have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Update (2012-06-03): I’ve open sourced the code on Github.
Sunset over Fujisan
White-capped Fujisan after the typhoon
Took this photo with my iPhone this morning after the 20th typhoon of the season cleared away.
Last time I saw it, there was no snow. Now it’s all white. See another beautiful photo made this morning from much closer.
I will try to update this post tonight with some photos I took with my DSLR in between brushing my teeth and putting my pants on – always in a rush in the mornings…
Cat Street matsuri
Taken with my iPhone on Cat Street, the street that connects Shibuya to Omotesando. I’m pretty impressed by the picture quality of my iPhone, I should take more photos with it…
Fujisan from my window
View from my new place
Last night was the first clear sky sunset I could catch since we moved in the new apartment in Ikebukuro. 梅雨 (the rainy season – literally rain like plums) is not over yet so it was a lucky day.
I can’t wait until the typhoon season – after a typhoon, the skies are like washed from any cloud or fog – when I should be able to see the Fujisan clearly from my window.
Chinese food is best in Chinatown
In a previous post I was talking about driving all the way to 横浜の中華街 for a chinese lunch. Now I’ve finally gotten around to processing the pictures in Aperture and uploading them to flickr.
Aperture Experiments – monochrome
Playing around with Aperture, I’m slowly getting the hang of RAW treatment workflow after each day of shooting. A little bit of contrast here, adjusting the temperature there, a tad of vibrancy over here… What used to take me hours is now done in 10min thanks to the great “lift and stamp” tool.
But one thing I still can’t get a hang of is monchrome conversion… This is a photo I took yesterday from the 27th floor of the Shinjuku L Tower (the Nikon Plaza showroom). From it, I made a version with each pre-defined setting of Aperture:
Karting in Tokyo
Last Tuesday I went karting with some friends in Tokyo, around 北千住. The place is called City Kart, you can rent the course for ¥36.000/hour on weekdays with 5 200cc karts which I think is a pretty awesome pricetag considering the location.
It is right next to the 京成関屋 train station or 10min walk from 北千住. More photos in the flickr set.
Skull and Ice
Driving in Tokyo
A friend of mine received his new car last weekend and we went driving around town all saturday night and sunday afternoon.
Fun thing to do with a car in Tokyo: drive to Yokohama’s 中華街 to eat chinese food for lunch a Sunday afternoon after partying.
It really got me into thinking I need to get off my lazy ass and finally get my license. I never bothered getting it while a student living in Paris and now that I’m 27 years old living in Japan, I realize my mistake.
So I’ve been looking at driving schools around my place and found a nice one not to far. Prices are ¥291.000 for manual, ¥278.000 for automatic. I should have no problem taking the driving courses and test in Japanese and the written test is available in English in Saitama prefecture, but studying for the written test in Japanese might be a bit out of my league.
I’m going to see with the school if they can waiver the fees for the non-driving classes and let me study at home on my own with whatever english materials I can find.
Internet is almost void of any accounts of foreigners passing their driving license from scratch in Japan so I have no real idea of what I’m in for…