A New Kind of Photography – An Experiment in Japan

By now, I think you all know that I like experimenting and trying new ideas. I have created something here below — I don’t know what it is. It’s not photography; it’s not video; it’s not cold scientific slow-mo with bullets through apples; it’s something else. What do you think about it? Can you help me come up with a name for it in the comments below or by sending me a Tweet? I have entitled the piece “The Moments Between, Episode 1: Japan”. Yes, that means there are more episodes coming… they take a lot of work to produce.

Is it “new photography”? I don’t know – I think some of this has been available to big movie studios with sophisticated special effects teams and the like. But this can now be done by the common man – it is inexpensive, understandable, and fun. Have ever wanted to capture something that is in between a photograph and a video? Some of those micro-moments that are important and wonderful?

How did I do it? I’ll reveal that in an upcoming video! I’m still perfecting the technique… so, just as I have done with the popular HDR Tutorial on the site, I will endeavor to put together a tutorial on “this”, whatever the name might be.

EDIT: It has been revealed on This Week in Photography… you can see everything on the “Stuck In Motion” page here on the site. Enjoy!

You can also click this link to see the HDR Photos from Japan I have published thus far.

Ripping through the streets of Tokyo

Before I describe this photo, I would first like to thank RC Conception for the nice evening.  RC is one of the gurus over at Layers Magazine, and he came to Austin to teach a class for the Adobe Creative Suite along with Dave Cross. We met this evening at the Hilton and then we went out to shoot some HDR together before heading to a nice Italian dinner. He’s a great guy… very nice and clever. You guys can follow him on Twitter here.

RC did come over to my home for a bit to see Secret Project #133. It is loosely related to this photo below. Those of you that subscribe to the Newsletter will be the next to see… It should go out in the next few days.

The photo below was taken on my final night in Tokyo. It was rainy, cool, and perfect for street photography. It’s hard to explain HOW clean my sensor was in this photo. I had the privilege of taking it to the Nikon Headquarters in Tokyo and having the sensor cleaned by a real Japanese guy. It was a religious experience — and it only cost $10! What a deal!

Ripping Through the City Streets of Tokyo

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji for my new Japanese friends

This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, so of course I had to go. It’s sort of like going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rudy’s BBQ in Austin.

It was originally built back in 1397 and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The building itself is as meticulous as the gardens around it. The Japanese really know how to tend a garden! There was a fleet of workers all over the grounds, sweeping up and rearranging little bits here and there. It was all very quaint and wonderful.

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji for my new Japanese friends

The Treetop Temple Protects Kyoto

I’m just finishing up almost two weeks in Japan, and it has been an amazing trip! Usually I try not to start posting shots until the trip is at its close, and this is the first.

While there, I spent time all over the country. I got a rail pass and just jumped on the bullet train to take me from one remote spot to another. I ended up with a few days in Tokyo to do my best to capture the city. I’ll be posting photos from the trip throughout the next few weeks, months, and years, as usual. I hope this is a new line of photographs that will be interesting to you.

Photographed here is the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. The city is known for its traditional Japanese architecture, slower-paced life, natural beauty, graceful geishas, and zen peacefulness. I probably could have stayed in Kyoto capturing scenes the entire trip. I remained here until the sky turned black, and then I headed back down some winding streets to find an old small restaurant where the food was mysterious and every course was served with a gentle bow.

The Treetop Temple Protects Kyoto

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