Monday, May 21, 2012

Annular Eclipse 2012

On May 21, 2012 an annular solar eclipse was visible from Japan to the west coast of the USA.
I was fortunate enough to take these pictures at Gokuraku Temple in Kawachinagano, Osaka.
It was a truly spectacular sight, though there was a bit of cloud in the sky (which added to the pictures), for the most part the skies were cloud free.
 The Kawachinagano Daibutsu.

A composite image of the eclipse.  Not the actual path.

 Annular Eclipse maximum.


Not everything was exposed properly:
Light leaking through the aperture blades with lens flares, but I still like it.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Motorcycles and 20001

I do like taking panning pictures of motorcycles:
and motorsofas:

While the Honda Supercub is the best selling motorcycle ever, it's not exactly the coolest one.

Random high school student, 'Hey, take a picture of me!'

Photo 20001 taken by my Canon Eos Kiss X2:
No idea how they remained so enthusiastic while giving out these energy gel-drink things, yet they seemed happy enough.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Orange Perigee

The newly risen perigee moon over the local Lawson store.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Glamour Tortoise

 Fabulous pose.

And the little ones don't mind a little sand with their vegetables.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Osaka Museum of History

Until the end of the week the Osaka Museum of History has an exhibit of Austrian and Japanese armor; while interesting, photography is not allowed in that part of the museum.  However, photography is allowed in most of the museum's permanent exhibition halls.

 Old and new high rise buildings. Osaka Castle with the Osaka Business Park in the background. 

Details of a Danjiri festival cart.  These elaborately decorated carts are hauled through towns and cities in some of Japans most boisterous and somewhat violent festivals.

Mask used in a rice planting festival.
 Karakuri doll heads used in a mechanical puppet theatre.

It's a crab. 

 The building itself shouldn't be overlooked either.