another spider

i hate spiders. i know they eat bugs, and they help the gardens and all that happy-talk. but i have a history with arachnids and it ain’t made of pretty memories. i posted this from yesterday’s walk in the park because i thought i might be able to pass on a shooting tip. this was hand-held. usually, simple breathing, or the motion of your heart pumping moving your body will take you out of focus as you stand there. DSLR cameras have an autofocus selection called AI Servo on Canons, not sure what on Nikons. this adjusts focus as the object moves. but if it’s you moving, it will also adjust the focus. not a guarantee of a tack-sharp image, but i’ve gotten more sharper images using this technique in close-focus shots, than using the normal autofocus setting of one-shot.

Kubota Gardens

The Kubota Gardens are a local treasure – a beautiful garden created from five acres of logged off swamp land. The garden was the vision and life work of Fujitaro Kubota. He bought the five acres in 1927. Fujitaro was a self-taught gardener that wanted to highlight the beauty of the Northwest in the style of Japanese gardens. During the 1940’s his family was interned at Camp Minidoka in Idaho – and after the war he and his sons reclaimed the garden and continued to expand the beauty. In 1972 the Japanese Government awarded Fujitaro Kubota the rare honor of the Fifth Class Order of the Sacred Treasure – “for his achievements in his adopted country, for introducing and building respect for Japanese Gardening in this area.” Fujitaro died in 1973 at age 94.

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Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission

I spent a large part of my childhood in a small pineapple town called Wahiawa.  On the main road up to where I lived, there’s a Buddhist Mission.  I’ve passed this mission countless times and one day I just decided to go take some pictures.  Here are a few shots of what’s outside.  It was closed when I was there, so I couldn’t go inside…and I’m not sure I could have brought myself to do it anyway.

The first one is a bonsho (bell) and shoro (tower),  donated to the shrine in 1990 by Mr. and Mrs. Tasuke Terao.  I washed out most of the color, but not all of it.  I don’t get too fancy with Photoshop because I really don’t know what I’m doing.  A pure black and white picture seemed a bit TOO grey.

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