FriendsWe have just finished hosting a Japanese exchange student. While it has been a busy time, it was an absolute joy to have two so well behaved teenage ladies in the house (I am getting soft in my age). Needless to say our daughter has made a new life friend…..

The photo – shot in RAW; converted to B&W using Silver FX Pro; applied a white vignette and then a canvas filter for some texture.

YukoI love to shoot as a natural light photographer as much as possible. Understanding how to use light and shadow to your advantage is critical for a good natural light photo. Finding soft, even light is what I strive for when I want to create a flattering portrait, as it helps to avoid having my subjects squinting, and it avoids the issue of contrasty harsh shadows falling on their face. I prefer the SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) colour tones when working in softer light as they make for an excellent Black and White portrait.

KyotoSunsetFramedKyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.

BarbedBokehIn photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/,ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes heard as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.  Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.