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Yasaka Jinja Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

More at www.orazstudio.tumblr.com
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Happy new year everyone. I hope that your 2014 makes all the years leading up to it look like warm-ups in comparison. Get out there and make every year of your life so far look like underachievers.
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I've been back in the UK for a few weeks now after living in Japan for 7 years and I'm still struck daily by how different the skies over Lincolnshire are to those I was used to seeing over Kyoto.

Perhaps its because Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and is shaped like a bowl. Or maybe it's because Lincolnshire is startlingly flat. For whatever reason, the sky just seems very different to what I'm used to.

The clouds here are, it seems to me, much "crunchier", with much more contrast. They often look strongly uplit or backlit, perhaps due to the changeable nature of England's weather.

Their shape also seems much bubblier in shape than the more watercolour-esque whisps that float over the mountains in Kyoto.

I wonder if its all in my head or if the sky really is that different from country to country?

Here are a couple of iPhone shots of the skies over Lincolnshire take this week. I'm not a huge fan of smartphone shots most of the time, but the skies here have been spectacular enough that they look decent through almost any lens. The best camera, they say, is the one you have with you, so when I'm running through the countryside, the iPhone 5 suddenly leapfrogs my DSLRs to become my "go to" camera.

Thanks to the high contrast look of an English summer sky, I find these shots tend to look better converted to black and white. It boosts the drama of the scenes, darkens the highlights slightly and focuses the eye on the amazing contrasts in those clouds.

How about you? Do you notice large differences in the appearance of the sky as you go about your travels? Do you shoot with your phone? Do you find some images suit conversion to black and white better than others? Let me know down there in the comments.

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Planchette, possibly Middle Eastern in origin. A planchette is the "piece" you move around a ouija board. Ouija boards were originally sold as a game by which you could ask your subconscious self a question and hopefully receive answers to which your conscious self has no access.

Hence, people insist that they are not the one who is moving the planchette; if they were conscious of moving it, the answer would also be a conscious one.
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2013-08-25
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This is the most popular post so far on my Tumblr blog.

I sometimes wonder why this shot, rather than the similar shots before and after it, received so many notes. Do you have any idea?


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Here is some of the latest dance photography by ORAZ Studio. 

What do you think?
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2013-08-23
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http://creativepool.com/oraz I've just updated my Creativepool page. I love this website. It's beautiful and makes applying for creative jobs a breeze. If only all job sites were this easy to use!

If you're in a creative field, create a portfolio and send me a link to it.

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