05-01-09 Japanese Garden

This serene lake is part of a beautiful garden outside of Kyoto, Japan. We visited Japan in 2004 and as I browsed through photos I had taken, I had the reaction I often have when viewing older digital photos: I want to go back and re-photograph the areas we visited. But this desire isn’t because I have a better camera or a better lens, but because I think I have a little better eye and also because I’m sure I missed some great shots.

I have many strong memories of Japan but one of the oddest involves the camera I was traveling with – a Canon 1D Mark II, which was considered a state-of-the-art dslr in 2004. The Japanese are gracious and friendly people but many were especially friendly when they saw my camera. They would walk up to me and, though they couldn’t speak my language, would point to my camera, smile and shake their head in an affirmative way. The Japanese love quality electronics – especially electronics made in Japan.

Canon 1DII 1/160s f/6.3 ISO400 115mm

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2 thoughts

  1. Your comments about getting a better shot remind me of a story of one of the impressionists – I think it was Cezanne – who had to be banned from going to the museum that his works were being shown in because he would go with paint & keep working on the paintings! If he wasn’t satisfied with his work, even with the recognition of having his paintings in a museum, the rest of us can’t expect to ever be content with our art no matter how finished/good it is. :b

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