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Taking Pictures of Flowers is Harder Than You Thought

I used to be better at photography.  Somewhere along the line, I got lazy and started letting my cameras do the work for me.  In these posts (Outtakes) I’ll talk about some of the ways I’m re-training myself and trying to break out of the ruts I’ve gotten stuck in.   Hanami, Hanami, Hanami Again      It’s hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season again and that means it’s time for my annual attempt to take photos of the cherry blossoms…

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Consider the Mango

   The dessert portion of today’s school lunch was a “mango stick.”  A thin slice of almost frozen mango in plastic-wrap.  God it was good.  Hoping to shock the fourth graders I was having lunch with, I asked them to guess how old I was the first time I had mango.    “Three.”    “Eight.”    “I was twenty-four.”    Cue the shock, disbelief, and questioning of everything they had ever learned about how the world works.  (Which, to be…

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TOBU World Square

You know what this photo needs? People. Maybe a young couple strolling hand in hand. Maybe some kids gawking in wonder at the illuminated brilliance around them. Maybe someone standing in silhouette, their pose a study in contemplation… So, where are they? I took this photo while writing a piece for Samurai Trip, a website for travelers in Japan, about a small amusement park in Nikko called TOBU World Square. The park is lovely. You should go if you get…

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