Yesterday, I went to Utsumi, a seaside resort town about an hour or so from Nagoya city. It’s a quiet little town that has shower heads mounted on the outside of some houses (obviously a sea-loving family lives there). There are seasonal stalls set up just for the August holiday period. Suntanned beach bodies strolling along the sands and the concrete seawalls. It’s a great little place. So, my intention for going there (again) was to get some new art-like photos and some dramatic self-portraits. I especially hoped to get some amazing sunset photos. As it turns out, the sunset views aren’t as great as I’d like it to be there. Anyway, I had a bit of sun playing about and trying to figure out how to get interesting wave photos. I got splashed by waves quite a bit, and my camera and lenses got sea water on them too. At the end of the day I was getting very worried about my camera and gear. Even though weather resilience is built into professional gear, it’s still corrosive sea salt that it was hit with. I went straight home, wiped everything down with men’s face wipes (ethanol-like wet wipes specifically to clean off skin grease), put it all in one of my camera dry boxes with a fresh desiccate satchel, and saw the humidity gauge hit 80%, before dropping to 60% (it’s still just above the safe zone for camera gear). The dry box is like a hyperbaric chamber for camera gear. I hope that when I can open the box again, both cameras and all the lenses will work just fine (I’m sure they will, but still worried about the long term corrosion possibility).
Sunset over Ise Bay taken from Utsumi beach resort.
These are the lead photos of that shoot, and these can be purchased as digital downloads, or art prints (prepared and delivered from approved professional labs in the US). I may choose one or two for next month’s signed-by-the-artist limited print run. These signed-by-the-artist limited prints will be prepared and sent from here in Japan. Look out for announcements. For all other orders, see the complete gallery here: https://portfolio.japanesephotos.asia/gallery/Sea-Ocean/G0000XfPbqWQZpYk/C0000AsLlJc9PPOU.
Self-portrait sunset photos taken at Utsumi beach resort.
World Water Day is Friday 22nd March. This week and next I’ll be asking folks on Google+ and Twitter to share their water related photos, especially regarding how water is important to nature and humanity. To kick off the week, here’s mine.
For more information see the United Nations World Water Day website. See my PhotoShelter portfolio for more water photos. The photo below was taken at the Clyde River, in Batemans Bay, Australia, which represents leisure use of water. Unfortunately the nearby fisherman didn’t want to pose in the photo to show more of leisure (fishing) as well as food, because he hadn’t finished making his sand castle, which he was going to use to impress his bikini clad mermaid girlfriend who was drinking an imported designer brand water.
I was recently reminded of this image. It’s actually an ugly bridge painted in a dreadful pastel green. It’s typical of modern Japan in architectural utilitarian style. A building needs walls and water proofing, and so it gets plain painted concrete. People need to get from one side of the river to the other, so a thoroughfare that can withstand typhoons is constructed, and here it is… This image, and others like it, are available on my PhotoShelter portfolio.
According to the BBC and NHK, TEPCO has released radioactive water that is 100 times the legal limit into the Pacific Ocean. In previous nuclear incidents, TEPCO had deceived the public and safety regulators, and in the current crisis has been accused by the current Japanese Prime Minister for not being clear and upfront. TEPCO claims that this release is of low-level radioactive water. TEPCO also stresses that eating seafood caught or harvested from near the plant will result in very, very low levels of radioactive intake, barely above natural background-radiation levels. They make this claim presumably on the judgement that the water will be quickly dispersed and immediately diluted and without consequence to sea life. The release comes as TEPCO officials admitted that they have a lot of water in the basement of reactor number two, that has radiation levels many, many times higher than what is normally found inside a normal reactor core. Speculation from independent experts suggests that this highly radioactive water is as a result of melted rods from the core some weeks ago. View this and other sea-related pictures at my PhotoShelter portfolio.