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David La Spina
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Attended Ball State University
Lives in Okazaki, Japan
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Into the Wild
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Crossing over to the other side. These traditional arched bridges are always a nice sight. 

I have seen the traditional arch bridges of Japan referred to by both Full Moon Bridge (engetsukyo) and Drum Bridge (taikobashi). I think they are just two names for the same thing, though feel free to school me in the comments if you know better. Both names refer to how the arch and the reflection form a circle.

Whatever the case may be, just the arched bridges themselves are lovely. Whenever I see one in Japan, I always feel the urge to take a photo.

I was teaching a private photography class and the student asked about using textures. I randomly picked out this image to use as an example and also randomly picked some textures to use. I ended up liking the results so much that I finished it up on my own time. 
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At the Shrine Under the Clouds
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Asleep with Anpanman

Now here is a great example of The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You. My son just fell asleep. My good camera was downstairs in a far room. All I had was my iPhone 5. It was dark and I didn't want to turn on the light and risk waking him. So I pulled out my iPhone 5 and used it. Of course I quickly ran and got my better camera, but—as I had feared—he turned while I was gone and the photo chance was gone. 

The quality is terrible. Terrible or not, the iPhone was absolutely the best camera in the world at that moment. I love this photo for showing such a wonderful moment.

Day 4/365 of my #365project  

(I'm picking and choosing what I share here from my 365project. Be sure to follow me on Flickr if you want to see them all. Search for JapanDave)
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Enjoying a haiku book on a winter day.

Pictured:
wintry sky–
like a peony
one's tongue
—Tomizawa Kakio

Day 2/365 for my 2015 #365project  


#ScratchCam   #iphoneography  
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Keyboard Maestro users: What is the difference between Named Clipboards and Variables? Should I be using one instead of the other? 

For example, if I copy some text to do something with later, should I stuff that text into a named clipboard or a variable? Right now I use both kind of randomly. On the surface they seem exactly the same
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Remember The Rice Fields We Used To Play In?

I’m fascinated by memory. We might visit a place daily or weekly and the place is very vivid in our minds, but then for some reason we stop visiting it and almost immediately it starts to fade from our memories; if it was a place we were especially fond of, we might try to tell ourselves about it and refresh the memory, but in doing so all we have really done is alter the memory while it may be similar to what the reality was, it is different.

How can we represent a fading or changing memory? Something like this, perhaps?
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For the first time in 3 and a half years, I feel like I finally have some free time!! This past week or two I have slowly been increasing my blogging again and getting re-involved in both the photography blogosphere and the Japan ex-pat one. At the risk of biting off more than I can chew this early, let's see if I can't get my G+ usage back up to my pre-Hikaru[†] levels. Keep your fingers crossed (or, if all of my audience has deserted me in the past 3 and a half years, I shall cross my own fingers). 

†: my son
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The burning leaves of Korankei

#autumncolors  
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The cherry blossoms are one of the best things in Japan. And night viewings make them even better! 
About night cherry blossoms, with the photo of the day featuring them.
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Hatsumōde (the first shrine visit of the year) is always very busy

#Oshogatsu   #hatsumode  
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My son and 2 of his cousins enjoying the toy train at the local kid's museum. They watched for at least an hour and kept running back when we tried to pull them to other areas. 

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Photographer, life explorer
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photography, computers, I can hold my breath for ten minutes! (note on last one: Not really. note: If you find that funny, you are a geek and we can be friends)
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  • JapanDave.com
    Owner, 2008 - present
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Okazaki, Japan
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Muncie, Indiana - Earth
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An American photographer in Japan. Hi.
Introduction
I'm an American photographer based in Okazaki Japan. I love coffee, beer, philosophy, history (especially Japanese history), and shooting photos. 

Nice to meet you. 

I was trained to be a Computer Scientist before deciding computers scare me (but the money was nice) and fleeing for other things. I enjoy doing origami and consider myself an amateur origami expert.
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I get paid to make beautiful photos. What could be better? Hmm.. don't answer that.
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  • Ball State University
    Computer Science
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