Sunday, January 13, 2013

2012

2013. 

How time flies. Since I am still on vacation, I was able to look back on the photos I took last 2012. Every place I go, I'll turn it into a photographer's paradise. Photography will always be a part of me and of this blog. And from thousands of photos I took last year, here are my 12 personal favorites (with blogs to some of it).
missed by naked eyes 
chorus of flashing shutters 
frozen forever 

YOKOHAMA. My favorite city and the first place I've lived in Japan. Got the chance to visit it again last June and it brought back lots of memories. Took this photo handheld. NikonD7000 high ISO didn't disappoint.

  yokohama




ECLIPSE. I can still remember how pissed I was when the skies were covered with clouds during eclipse. It turned out, however, to be a blessing in disguise. It added drama to the shot. Taken last May.

  eclipse  

KYOTO. If ever you are in Japan. YOU MUST GO TO KYOTO. That is all. Taken last October.

  kyoto 03

MAJESTY. Last August, I climbed Mt. Fuji - that is 3,776 m above sea level. Will I do it again next year? Nope. I already survived it.

  fuji 09

AUTUMN. This year, I bought a new macro lens since my old one is not compatible with NikonD700. Macro lens is still my favorite lens. This was taken in Korea during my vacation last November.

  TOT_3748

AIRPORT.  May of this year, it was also my first time to go to China for a business trip. Glad that I brought my fish-eye lens to capture its vastness.

  airport

TIE. Being a salaryman is no joke especially if you are required to wear a tie every single day. Thanks to ready to wear ties though.

  tie

SUMMER. You've got to love summer season in Japan around August. Loved the chaos, contrast of this photo. You can see Tokyo's Sky Tree at the background.

  summerbeach7

HAMAORISAI. I've been looking forward to be a witness of this festival from the moment I saw one of my flickr contacts uploaded a photo of it. Then it happened July of this year . Amazing tradition.

  hamaorisai

STACEY. It's been a while since my last model shoot. This year I got a chance to have one last December. I really wanted to blog about the shoot but I didn't have enough time.

  fairytale

TAKAYAMA. For a while, I thought I was not in Japan but in a tropical paradise. Would love to visit it during winter as it promises a different kingdom but to no avail. Taken last September.

  takayama 06

MASSKARA. Rain or shine, the festivities continued. This is MassKara - our city of smiles' festival every October.

masskara 01 

For 2013, I hope for more photo opportunities and to abuse to my other new lens, 50 mm 1.4f. 

Keep on shooting! Keep on blogging everyone!

 /totomai 
2013/01/12

34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful compilation of images. It is a photographer's paradise. Hope you have more amazing shooting opportunities in 2013.

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  2. It is always a delight to visit your photo blog.

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  3. I like the Kyoto photo the most. More photos, Totomai! :)


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    1. definitely. you should go to Japan and visit Kyoto

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  4. A paradise beautifully captured..i love the colours and the energy..and the fact that it took wakefulness to capture..jae

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    1. I will stay awake as long as there are lots to capture. Thanks Jae

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  5. gorgeous images, what a joy to view

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    1. A pleasure sharing them to you. Thanks Emma

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  6. Always a visual treat stopping by here. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Humbled by your words, Geraldine :-)

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  7. What wonderful images. We clearly share a passion for travel photography!

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  8. I am glad you showed us what our naked eyes did not see. Keep on sharing.

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    1. Will continue to share as long as I can see :-) Thanks Lisa

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  9. awesome!!! thank you for sharing with us

    much love...

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  10. you have a natural ability to take the every day scenes in to a level of magnificence. an ability that most photographers do not have.

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    1. What a way to start my day by reading your comment. Aw. Thanks a lot.

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  11. Wow. Each photo is a visual poem. Love them all!

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    1. As I always say, there's a poetry in photography

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  12. loved your haiku, and all the photos as well - they are amazing.. and i think the eclipse one is awe-inspiring.

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  13. ikaw na talaga totomai! the best!

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  14. Ang galing talaga. Keep on sharing your works of art. :) Happy 2013. More beautiful photos from you this year, hopefully.

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    1. Thanks thanks. will do. happy 2013 too

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  15. Just one word: extraordinary...

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  16. great for you that you are able to reflect and go back to your images John, I had planned on doing something like this too, but that's all with me, plans not being executed, so many things to do, so little time :)

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    1. Thanks Ms Beth. It's a part of this blog already and it's a way of pushing myself to at least start the year right, as far as blogging is concerned. haha

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