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Last Day Photo of 2010 January 1, 2011

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Here is a photo that I took on the morning of Dec. 31, 2010. The moon and stars (or star) were still out. It was just as the sun was beginning to rise.

Smoke and mirrors September 22, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Photography, Random, Travel, Uncategorized.
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Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

During my recent visit to Los Angeles, I stayed at the Century Plaza Hotel. It was very nice. But, what I really liked was the view from the room that was randomly assigned to me for my visit. It was on the front side of the hotel facing, dead center, the uniquely architected (is that a word?) office building directly across the street. I couldn’t help but take some snap-shots of the view using my iPhone. The purpose of this blog post is to share those photos.

View from Century Plaza Hotel Balcony

View from Century Plaza Hotel Balcony

The unique building across the street has a hole in it, literally. It’s hard to see if from the above image, but what you see through that hole is part of two other buildings. One of the things I really enjoyed about this room, in addition to the view, was the fountain seen in this photo. It helped to drown out (no pun intended) the city noises. The sound of the fountain was a little bit like the sounds you hear at the ocean. Or, it was as close as you might get to it in a metropolitan area like Century City.

View of buildings in L.A. at sunset

View of buildings in L.A. at sunset

This wider-angle photo of the same view of the building across from my hotel room gives you a much better idea of how there are two separate buildings behind the building with the hole in it. To add to the strangeness, the two tall buildings behind are triangle shaped, not traditional buildings with four outside walls.

Yes, the hole is real. I’m not sure the thinking behind it, other than making it very unique, but there is no magic trick at play in these photos (no smoke or mirrors were used to produce these photos).

My stay was more pleasant because of the view and the sounds produced by the fountain. Oh, and the weather (65 F degrees at night), didn’t hurt, either.

I’m published, sort of… March 1, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Education, Photography.
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video-production-handbookYes, there is a real book that has been published and I have my creative work inside, but it’s not quite what you may think. I did not author the book, but I did have some of my photos included. Let me explain how this happened.

A couple of years ago (give or take six months) a friend of mine asked if he could use some of my Ichthus photos in a textbook he was writing on television broadcasting. I agreed to let him use any of my photos as long as he gave me credit. I did not think much about it until one day, out of the blue, that same friend announced that he just received his first copy of the new book. The title, “Video Production Handbook,” was authored by Jim Owens and Gerald Millerson. Jim was very kind in giving me photo credits for the half-dozen photos he used and generously provided me with a free copy of the book. (Thanks, Jim!)

Yup, my photos are in there. And, I’m mentioned in the author’s acknowledgments in the beginning of the book, as well as listing my name with each photo. Cool!

I also accidentally discovered that the book has been scanned into Google books so you can see the contents here.

Best Photo of Obama Presidendial Inauguration January 25, 2009

Posted by Matsu in History, News, News and politics, Photography, Technology, Web.
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Click photo to be able to pan or zoom into image

Click photo to be able to pan or zoom into image

At first glance this appears to be yet another photo of the historic presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009. But, there’s much more to this than first meets the eye.

The best part about this photo is the website behind it. If you click on the photo it will take you to this cool website where you can zoom in and pan and each time you do, it will show you more detail. The shortcut for zooming is done by just double-clicking the area of interest.

Try it. Zoom in on the capital building dome. There are people on the dome balcony. At first I wondered if they were Secret Service agents but they turn out to be (or look like they are) just camera men.

Another thing that amazed me was the wall of photographers on the opposite side. I imagine that where this photo was taken (where the photographer is standing) it pretty much looks the same as the other area full of press photographers.

I think it’s pretty cool.  Have fun!

See your reflection in others July 2, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Family, Friends, History, Humor, Japan, Photography, Weblog.
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Dr. Bacchus ReflectionIt is interesting how much one learns of themselves by interacting with others. Yes, by interacting with people around you it helps you see yourself better and therefore you end up knowing yourself.

In the past several years I’ve worked with a person who has brought into focus the amount of influence my upbringing has affected my personality and character. I grew up in Japan. In fact, I spent most of the first 18 years of my life there, with the exception of three times when we lived in America for a year each time while on furlough. Well, the oriental influence on me is inescapable. And, this co-worker has been like a highly reflective mirror and given me a better view of myself and how I’ve been shaped by the oriental influences of my childhood.

One of the characteristics of oriental society is subtle communication. So, when I saw this photo posted on the Kyoto Daily Photo blog, I laughed out loud. It typifies how subtle the Japanese people can be, and by extension, how I am at times. The theme for the July 1st daily photo blog photos is “no.” The assignment is to take photos of signs that say “no” or “not permitted.” So, the photo of a walking path of large stepping stones with a single smaller stone sitting atop the first step means, “do not enter,” in the social language of Japan. That is a wonderful example of how small and subtle communication is in Japan — and while it’s subtle, I find it also to be crystal clear and almost obvious. But, that’s just because I think in those same terms.

So, thank you Bert for giving me a better view of myself and through that awareness, making this photograph that much more meaningful and amusing.

Disclaimer: The photo used in this post has nothing to do with the Kyoto Daily Photo blog. I wanted to use the stone path photo, but I didn’t have permission. Therefore, I found a good friend’s photo on the Wilmore Daily Photo blog site and used it without his permission. Hey, what is a friend going to do, sue me? Oh, oh! He seems to be tight with the local police. Maybe I should reconsider my attititude!

Easter Sunday March 23, 2008

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Easter Sunday Sunrise

Today is Easter Sunday. To celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I attended my church’s sunrise service. The photo shows the rising sun which I captured with my cell phone after the service.