Yatto yatto sa!
This is another from the warm up day for the 58th Koenji Awaodori. Hard light into the 135 DC lens makes this ultra soft contrast that’s a bit difficult to manage, but I really enjoyed capturing this formation and the surrounding light.
The group here is Edokko Ren, one of the amazing local Koenji teams that’s been dancing for decades.
Although I’ve yet to begin sorting past the warm up day, my developing gallery is here:http://www.jasonarney.com/Galleries/Matsuri/Awaodori-in-Koenji-2014/
“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” - Vince Lombardi
Having ran up and down Koenji with a host of gear for two and a half days my weak, old, slightly overweight body is utterly broken. But as the good man Vince says, I lie exhausted on the battlefield, but my muse has truly come alight.
I hope everyone can make the 59th Koenji Awaodori! And the 60th, and the 61st, and the 62nd…
(Oh, technical blah blah, this is from the Nikon 135 DC, certainly a difficult lens, but one with a very colorful personality.)
(full size version was rejected)
The more I learn, the more I can’t help but feel immense respect towards matsuri performers - a significant chunk their life is spent in training before they can even step into the street and entertain the summer crowds. This group (linked below) is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, they must swell with pride knowing eager youngsters will carry the tradition onward.
You can learn more about them here: http://www.hyottoko-ren.com/
Another enjoyable aspect of local events is the tension and wonder in the air before the matsuri begins. Nervous minds will soon calm as music lifts the soul.
Yatto yatto sa!
Caught a more local Awaodori in Koujiya (near Haneda) at the beginning of Agust. Even though it was a local event, it did attract a few high caliber teams! Certainly worth the effort next year.
Featured here is a member of ひょっとこ連. You can learn more about them:https://www.facebook.com/hyottokoren
Another from the Nabeyoko Summer Matsuri in Nakano. I can’t deny, while clusters and lines of dancers are always appealing, I prefer these moments of graceful power.
Don! Taiko drummer readies his mind and breath for the first strike during the small but colorful Nabeyoko Summer Festival in Nakano (Tokyo), Japan.
Fuji Film was kind enough to loan me the XF60mm F2.4 Macro lens. Mated with their brilliant focus peaking implementation, macro photography becomes so much easier.
X-T1 w/ 10-24 @f/13
Sun’s first light wisps across the clouds at Hashigui Rocks in Wakayama, Japan.
This was my first landscape outing with the X-T1 in a serious capacity and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint.
Lines of stone brushed one upon another with such masterful craft - truly words fail the subtle beauty of Death Valley.
Seeing the sun roll down the hills, the blue of night fall to the might of the day’s first red, I knew I could never do the moment justice.
Fierce storms lurk over the rocky Wakayama coast.
I am not a black and white shooter by nature, but I have immense respect for those that can reduce their vision down to only the critical lines, forms, shadows and lights that make a powerful image.
The pure water of Dragon’s Hallow reflects ancient times.