Versão em Língua Portuguesa nos comentários. 😉 It was an extremely cold morning in the Grand Canyon, -11oF (-24oC), there were heavy winds and some remainings of snow that had fallen the previous day. We arrived at one of the viewpoints very early in order to have my camera ready before the sunrise. It took me quite a while to assemble the tripod and mount the camera, I was struggling to manipulate the equipment with gloves and wanted to be sure everything was well secured. When I finally got my stuff ready and my first photo framed, I heard a lady shouting: ‘Excuse me ma’an, excuse me?’. I asked myself why would anyone need to pass by that exact spot since I was right by the safety railing, but my kind self spoke louder, I then responded ‘Yes, of course.’, lifted my tripod and moved two steps behind. For my surprise, that lady didn’t intend to go anywhere else but to mount her camera where I was. I felt so embarrassed but couldn’t help approaching her and explaining I wasn’t done there yet, and that I just gave room because I actually imagined she needed to pass, nor take the spot. She responded something in her native language I could not understand and moved about a yard to my side. Both of us happily registered the Grand Canyon being lit up by a timid sunrise, overcast by the clouds that were just blown by the wind. Whenever my daughter sees the photos I made that morning, she starts imitating the ‘Excuse me ma’am?’ lady and me ‘Yes, of course’, and we all laugh on it. Silly fractions of time that have nothing to do with the grandness of the whole experience of a sunrise in the Grand Canyon, yet we will always remember.
First things first: Please swipe. 👉🏽 This will be a long one, hopefully I will not bore you to death. Pictured here is one of the most stunning trees I’ve ever seen, if you focus on the bright green tree in the middle and follow along as you swipe, you will see the way this lady spreads to the sides, thanks to the support provided by the wooden stacks. This tree is so impressive I didn’t feel like squishing it in the little retangular white frame I’ve been using, so I kept it in my archives until I could give her a more decent treatment. Just recently I’ve noticed many landscape photographers are posting their horizontal oriented frames in two parts, that when swiped reveal the whole image. That puzzled me, initially I trusted it was a new Instagram feature, but after fussing around every corner of the app, I didn’t find anything. It took me a while but I finally figured out the wide posts are just pure math: I shoot 3:2, so if I get one horizontal image and cut it into two 3:4, I have a perfect split. 😀 I know in a broader spectrum of life this is utterly irrelevant but I felt proud of myself, a tiny bit. 😁🤓 I’m probably sticking to this method when posting my horizontal oriented frames, hope you enjoy seeing them in more detail as much as I do. Ohh, another unimportant anecdote: since I started hauling my two kids around, for the sake of practicality, I adopted a compact camera with a kit zoom lens as my partners, so I no longer have a super wide lens with me. In order to include the most of the tree in the frame, I had to walk very far away and the only satisfactory angle I found was this one, behind the bushes, hence the out of focus foreground. 🙃 Good night everyone! Kanazawa, Japan. June, 2018.
I’ll keep alternating between Japan and the american west if you don’t mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winter afternoon in Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Nation, Arizona. December 2017. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eu vou continuar alternando entre o Japão e o oeste dos Estados Unidos, se não se importarem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tarde de inverno no Canyon de Chelly, território dos índios Navajo, Arizona. Dezembro 2017.
...While seated in my doorsteps waiting for the school bus that’s driving my little boy back home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Daily life in Kyoto. June 2018. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enquanto espero na porta de casa pelo ônibus escolar que traz meu menino. Cena do quotidiano em Kyoto. Junho 2018.