My Flickr contact rosemary* posted this wonderful image of a hypericum with great, dreamy bokeh and shadows of the stamen on the leaves.
My long time Flickr contact minato took this self-portrait in a wisteria garden in Japan. The full frame Canon 5D and fast 50mm lens make the bokeh look like watercolor. I love the color of her hat, all the colors actually. Brilliant.
My Flickr contact obtus took this interesting reflection somewhere in Japan with his Ricoh GR. This is a terrific genre and a number of my Flickr contacts are really good at it. Almost looks like a double exposure which the Ricoh GR is capable of in-camera, but it’s a single shot of a window.
My Flickr contact taro kunugi took this terrific image of a vineyard covered with snow with his Ricoh GR II in Yamanashi, Japan.
My Flickr contact Tatsuo Suzuki posted this brilliant reflection portrait, taken with a Fuji X100F in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
My friend Edward told me about an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Ivan Orkin, a ramen cook with a fascinating life story. The food aspect of the documentary is great but his story is even better. Nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn becomes most famous ramen chef in Tokyo, Japan by putting a little schmaltz (Yiddish: chicken fat) in his traditional Japanese cookery. Brilliant.
If you stream Netflix give it a go:
Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.
He’s also got a book out that includes his story and the complete recipe for his shio ramen dish, including his ramen noodles with rye flour.
Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.
Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.
The Makomanai Cemetery is on the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan. This 1500 ton stone Buddha sat alone, above ground for fifteen years. The cemetery hired architect Tadao Ando to change the relationship of the Buddha to the cemetery. He did this by building a hill of lavender plants around the statue and the results are spectacular.
Watch the video full screen. It has no sound that I know of but it’s perfect in silence.
Update: My friend Joy Brown found this video of the building of the hill around the Buddha.
My Flickr contact Yee Kim posted another shot of the Shiraito Waterfall north of Karuizawa, Japan with his Ricoh GR. This is an incredible image, well framed and perfectly exposed.