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When looking to the end, all he could find was forever.

Whenever I’m at Bombay Beach looking out at the Salton Sea I can’t help but think about what was once there. Obviously I wasn’t around to see what it was like, but seeing ruins such as this makes me think about how much history this place has seen. I’m sure those that tried to build there would be happy to know that people constantly visit this area, though I’m sure they didn’t envision that it would be to see the ruins of what they tried to build. 

Read more on my blog: http://www.themarkeworld.com/salton-sea/looking-end/

In the meantime, welcome to another #ThirstyThursdayPics ! I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone that the contributions thus far have been quite outstanding! So if you want to get your contributions in, get those images posted and don't forget to use the hashtag and to tag the one, the only, +Giuseppe Basile!
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Sublime... love b/w shots... this one is really great
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The advantage of hanging out with photographers is that there's someone there to capture and preserve some good memories. 

Here's a great set of images from +Takahiro Yamamoto from a very cold, but very fun night of shooting in Shimokitazawa with some good people, including the King of Daiba and a woman with the strongest arm in the world. ;-P

Thanks for a fun night my friends. 
 
Three Men and a Woman in Shimokita

The record of a evening walk with +Mark Esguerra, +Brian Kemper and +NiNi Y.

いつもはひとりかふたりで写真散歩をするシモキタを、3人の仲間と歩く。いつもと違った雰囲気も、また楽しい。そんな一夜の記録。

Date: April 10, 2014
Place: Shimokitazawa, Tokyo 
Camera: Nikon Df
Lenses: AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G, AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED

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+amjad jang Yeah, +Takahiro Yamamoto did a great job with these. 

Yeah it was fun +Yumi Shoji! But it didn't have you and the little one though. But the wind was so cold and strong, that akachan might have gotten sick. Next time, we'll get you and your little one out for a nice, warm night photowalk! ;-)
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Great group of photographers! If you don't have these folks circled, check out their streams and add them to keep up with their work!
 
Our Favorite Photographers in Japan Ver. 2.0
私たちのお気に入り、日本の写真家 Ver. 2.0

昨年6月に完成した「私達のお気に入り、日本の写真家 Ver. 1.0」サークルから10カ月、やっとVer. 2.0が完成しましたので、みなさんとシェアいたします。メンバーを皆さんのサークルに追加して、たくさんの素敵な写真を楽しんでいただけたらと思います。このサークルが素敵!と思った方は、再共有してお友だちに教えてあげてください!

About 10 months after I shared Our Favorite Photographers in Japan Ver. 1.0 circle, its version 2.0 is finally completed. Add the member to your circle and enjoy wonderful photos from Japan! If you like this circle, feel free to share with your friends!

Ver. 2.0の作成手順

1.昨年6月に作成したVer. 1.0のメンバーが「お気に入り写真家」3名までを投票。
2.「写真の投稿が主であること」「今年に入って定期的に投稿があること」を基準に選出。
3.僕をサークルに入れてくれている方が3名まで投票。
4.2の基準で追加。完成。
5.皆さんが再共有してくれたら、メンバー大喜び。

How I created Ver. 2.0

1. The members in the version 1.0 circle recommended up to three photographers in Japan they liked.
2. I selected those whose posts are mainly "photos" and who are active now.
3. Those who have put me in their circles recommended up to three photograhers.
4. I selected and added more photographers based on 2.
5. If you re-shared the circle with your friends, we would be so happy ;)

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"You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need." -Rolling Stones

With some time sitting on a train I thought I'd take this time and process one of the shots I took a couple of days ago at Nakameguro. I started the day by meeting with my dear friend @Yumi Shoji a +Yumi Shoji r kawaii baby daughter. After some breakfast and giving the sun some time to warm up the weather a bit we decided to head over to Nakameguro to see if we could catch some of the Sakura in bloom. I'm in town at the tail end of the Hanami in Tokyo, but there are still some decent bloom around town so we hoped to catch some hanging along the river. Much to our delight we found that there were plenty of cherry blossoms to enjoy. Some branches were already bare but there was still enough to paint the scene in its beautiful Spring color.

As a bonus, the sun warmed up the scene and a gentle breeze was blowing through the area creating a nice, subtle Sakura Fubuki, aka cherry blossom blizzard. The soft pink petals rained through the scene quite beautifully. So beautifully in fact that Yumi's daughter decided to go to sleep and dream about it. Or at least that's what I like to think. He he. It was such an enjoyable scene that to be quite honest I wouldn't feel bad if I missed out on more Sakura for the rest of the trip. You see, I had intended to chase the Sakura to the North or wherever it was a bit cooler in the event that I missed out on full bloom in Tokyo. And while it would be great to see it still, I won't feel bad if I don't because yesterday was a great reminder that all I need is to hang with good friends, have some good weather, and enjoy the rest and relaxation.

I shot this scene with the @Sony #A7R pa +Sony with the FE 24-70mm f/4 lens. I shot it RAW + JPEG so that I could transfer a full res JPEG to my iPad for processing. I was going to run this image through Snapseed but I caught word that the Lightroom iPad app had been released so I downloaded the app and that's how I processed this shot. It looks fine on the tablet but I'll have to compare it to when I see it on a computer screen back in LA. Also it seems that though I can work with a full res JPEG, saving it to my phone memory only outputs a smaller size image. Not sure but maybe one of you out there can tell me if the long side of this image is over 6000 pixels or not.

I'm almost at my stop now so I'll be headed back out to disconnect, grab some food and enjoy the Spring air.

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Thanks so much +Yumi Shoji! I'm happy that I was able to take you out on an adventure there! The stroller just needs a wheel tuneup and I'm sure it'll be a lot better. Ha ha ha. By the time I see you and the little one again, you'll be using the better one! ;-P

Thanks a lot +Ralph Mendoza!

+buda buda Thank you!

Thank you +Carl Felton III! I appreciate that!
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No matter how rocky a path one follows, there should be comfort in knowing that a warm dream is waiting.

Shot with a +Sony  #A7R  paired with a Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 UWA lens.

You can read more about this on my blog: http://www.themarkeworld.com/saddleback-butte-state-park/rocky-path-warm-dream/

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Thanks a lot +Johan Peijnenburg! Yes it sure was. It's a small spot compared to others in California, but I think you'd love shooting this scene!
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As he stood alone to reach for the sun, he could feel that he was together as one with her love. 

While I enjoy both sunrises and sunsets, there's just something a little extra special about sunsets in my opinion. Something about how the sun descends down to touch the horizon, perhaps. Or maybe it's something about watching the last of the light before it fades into darkness. Whatever the case may be, it's a sunset like this that helps remind a fella that life is good, but it also reminds a fella that Mother Earth is a truly magnificent being that loves to put on an unforgettable show.

Earlier today I read about the Google and TIME teamup for #EarthDay  so I thought I'd process this one to contribute to the fun. To learn more about the event, check out the original post: https://plus.google.com/116899029375914044550/posts/bCuYqQzVgPo

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+Robin Griggs Wood Anytime my friend. ;-)
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No matter which path he chose, it always led him back to the warmth of home.

During my most recent visit to what I've come to consider home away from home, Japan, my good friend +Takahiro Yamamoto found some time to take me out to the Edogawa Ward of Tokyo, more specifically to the Kasai area to check out some of the scene out there. After spending much of the afternoon at the Kasai Rinkai Park, he led me out to the Kasai JCT to set up for a potential sunset shoot. We arrived with plenty of time, and after pointing out a few ideal compositions, we sat back and relaxed, waiting for the sun to dip closer to the horizon. With some clouds now in the sky and the sun starting to provide some interesting color, he pointed out this particular spot. The sun was setting diagonally and managed to position itself right down the middle of these two overpasses. So I setup my tripod right next to Takahiro's and snapped this shot. I also decided to upload this here as a full res image since I have it backed up on Google Drive. I haven't uploaded full res before so I thought it might be fun to let folks zoom in on this one.

To see one of Takahiro's images from this day, check out his post: https://plus.google.com/+TakahiroYamamoto/posts/YDjeGr6LJqX or check out the +PHOTOMENTARY by Nikon page to see more of his images for Nikon. 

And in the tradition of a Takahiro junction photo, here is the photo data as he would present them. 

Photo Data
Date: April 12, 2014
Place: Kasai, Koto, Tokyo
Camera: Sony A7R
Lens: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8
Adapter: Metabones (Nikon to E-Mount)

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Thanks so much +Yumi Shoji! I'm glad I was able to retain my title with this shot. He he. Next time we'll get you and your little one out somewhere to enjoy a good sunset! ;-)
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People will come and go. But the time I've spent with them will always remain with me.

With my Spring run in Japan coming to an end, I've realized that I haven't done what I had originally planned. I had originally planned to leave Tokyo for several days on this trip. To maybe chase the Sakura up North. Or head South-West to shoot Mount Fuji. A trip focused on photography, basically. But once I stepped foot on Japanese soil all those plans were pushed to the side.

And it was just fine by me.

It was just fine with me because once I arrived in Tokyo all I wanted to do was hang with my friends. I didn't care where. I just wanted to hangout. I wanted to reconnect with old friends. I wanted to meet new friends. Photography became an afterthought. If I got a shot in, bonus. If not, then no biggie. Because the time I managed to spend with my friends was exactly what I needed on this trip. Fun, relaxing, good times in all the usual haunts.

And getting to play with my new baby niece was especially great. ;-)

And as far as photography, I got my shots in. And like the King of Daiba always says to me, "So, see you back here in a few weeks."

So to my friends, じゃね and I'll see you next time. To the folks I didn't have a chance to meet up with this time, I'll catch you when I'm back in town.

And for anyone interested in some technical info, I shot this with the Sony A7R, then processed it using the iPad Lightroom app. 
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Yeah fun times +Brian Kemper! Cold times, but fun. He he. And yes, see you in a few weeks! He he.

Hey +NiNi Y! The pleasure was all mine! It was great to meet you and shoot around. We'll have to shoot again when I'm back in town, which according to Brian, will be in a few weeks. He he.

Thanks so much +Yumi Shoji! Yeah I was on the plane and knocked out! I only woke up when it was meal time. He he. I was happy to get you and the little one out on some adventures around town! Next time we'll try taking her further outside of Saitama! Honto! ;-)

Yes, well said +Albert Gordon! You can never underestimate the company of good people and friends. Thank you!
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The memories of her touch will always be cherished. But it's the memories to come that I'm focused on.

You know, as often as I travel to Japan, it’s actually been a couple of years since I’ve been there for the Hanami, when the Sakura are in their peak at full bloom. The last couple of trips I’ve only managed to get there a little too late or a little too early. So with many of my friends enjoying full bloom I thought I’d dig through my archives for an unprocessed photo of the last time I was there for full bloom. And I wasn’t surprised to find myself processing a photo from one of my favorite Sakura viewing spots in Nakameguro. The cherry blossom trees hang so perfectly above the passing river and at night they seem to come even more alive with the lit lanterns along either side, reflecting off of the river bed below. It’s a great sight and no matter how many times I see the Sakura, I’ll never forget each and every view I’ve been lucky to see.

But it also had me thinking that I should really get some fresh Sakura photos and I can only think of one way to make that happen. ;-)

From my blog: http://www.themarkeworld.com/japan-photos/sakura-nakameguro/
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Thanks so much +Yumi Shoji! I hope that you enjoyed your adventure in Nakameguro. Even though the little one was asleep, I like to think she had sweet dreams about it! ;-)

Thanks a lot +Girolamo Cracchiolo! I appreciate it!

+John Webber II Thank you! I'm glad you think so!

+Johan Peijnenburg Thank you my friend! You should get out there one Spring and witness the bloom!

Thanks a lot +Ralph Mendoza! There's nothing like it! You should visit there too!
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When you see nothing but lights ahead of you, you'll know that you're headed in the right direction.

If there’s one thing that I can say about the streets of Tokyo, it’s that there’s no shortage of anything interesting to shoot. From the attractive architecture, to the bright lights and the neon signs, and of course the people walking by. And it’s not uncommon to have all of these elements together in one scene such as this one in the Shibuya District. Granted, it’s not the busiest of streets in terms of foot traffic, but when my good friend +Takahiro Yamamoto pointed it out to me, it caught my complete interest. My trusty fish-eye lens worked well for me here because I was able to capture most of the towering buildings on either side of the street. I also loved how these bright street lamps led my eye off into the distant cluster of lights and signs. This is one shot that I love because of how many interesting elements I was able to shoot on this night. Of course, it also helps that it’s a scene from my home away from home. 

From my blog: http://www.themarkeworld.com/japan-photos/lighted-street/

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Thanks a lot +Ralph Mendoza!
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