The Wild Japanese River

Trey’s Variety Hour #35 – Personal Photo Projects

Dallas Nagata White, Ed White, Ron Brinkmann, Todd Sisson, Varina Patel, and Scott Kublin join me and talk about their personal photo projects. We share photos and stories behind them and have just a dandy old time. Ron reveals his cool new app FreezePaint!

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“Famous” Things in Asia

I’ve noticed that Japanese and Chinese people often over-use the word “famous” in relation to things.  I’ve heard countless times:  “See that?  It is a very famous rock.”  Or, we might pass by a cafe and someone would say, “This is a very famous cafe.”  I hear it sometimes a dozen times per day.  All these famous things, and I haven’t heard of any of them!  So, this leads me to believe that their “famous” is equivalent to our combination of words:  “Considerably well-known to a small group of locals.”

Daily Photo -The Wild Japanese River

Here is another photo from Japan (two days in a row) – this time from a more crazy scene!

I hired a boat to take me down a rough river near Nikko.  There were many sights to be seen that I could get to from the river, so I decided to take all my equipment on this ride.  That was a bad idea!  It wasn’t my first (or last) bad idea.

Things got a little crazy in the boat sometimes, and the guys that were “steering” us down the rapids often looked pretty nervous and panicked.  When they got panicked, I got 2x panicked!

  • Cool shot – I guess you learn something different each time on your adventures! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    So true ,even on the tour busses every thing is famous.I had enough danger up in Angola so I will leave these things to you young fellers,nice Photo

  • We have a saying here: “He’s world famous in all of the Netherlands”! So it’s not just in Asia they say this…

    Great action shot!

  • Cool!  Been on the same kind of boat ride in Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.

  • scott haralson

    Hi Trey,

    Both this photo and the Chipmunk pic from a few days ago seem washed out to my novice eye; the colors don’t “pop.” Certainly this is a conscious choice you have made, can you please address this decision. I keep thinking I need to turn up the brightness setting on my monitor. 

  • t_linn

    The low contrast and color casts are somewhat reminiscent of an aged film scan but I’m sure the look is intentional.

  • I have been on this same boat probably 10 times in the last 3 years. my father in law is from nikko

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks for the comments 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Wow – small world!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Yes – I am playing around.

  • Let me know next time your in the country I can show you the more isolated places 🙂 as always love the photography hope to be as good as you someday :P…. we all have dreams after all 

  • Neil Kremer

    Ibarra filters 

  • The processing fits the scene IMHO.

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