最高の一本/the perfect strike

20140611-perfect-strike-2** 人生の大先輩、心から尊敬致します。Grandpas are so cool (and kick butt) ** 😀

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24 thoughts on “最高の一本/the perfect strike

  1. Beautiful pictures as always. I like the diversity of your work and I don´t know why the black and white photography has something which I´m not quite sure how to express it, but it just has something, that I like even more than in colour. Not that I don´t like colour but again the black and what has “something”. So if you can manage to explain that “something” to me, it would be great. Yet again, I guess what´s important is how the viewer feels after seeing the photos be it black and white or colour.

    • Wow, thank you, I appreciate your feedback! 😀
      Like you, B&W has always been my favourite, because (as you so nicely put it) it has “something” extra, that colour does not have (although I also like colour). I think the professionals would say something along the lines of how B&W makes it that much more challenging in order to get the perfect contrast, composition, light-balance, etc…

      But, to be honest, I don’t think like that. For me personally, B&W has a special ‘depth’ to it, and can it can convey more emotion and the essence of the subject. I was always more moved when viewing B&W photographs (for example, old photographs of my grandparents) than colour. Of course, it all comes down to how the viewer feels…and I am delighted if my images can leave an impression 🙂

  2. こんにちは。
    こういう一瞬を撮ることができるってすごいですね^^
    緊迫感あふれる試合のなかのさらに決定的な一瞬
    Ibaraさんも競技者と同じような気持ちになったかもって思いました。
    会心の一枚ですね^^

    • あわせかがみ様
      こんばんは。嬉しいコメントをありがとうございます!
      年に一度上京される恩師と剣を交え、翌日は恩師の試合ぶりを見学させて頂くことが出来てとてもとても嬉しく思いました。今年は応援がてら、写真撮影を行わさせていただきました^^ 😀 😀

  3. Woooow such a great kendo picture!!素晴らしい!I agree black & white colours make the shot even more beautiful.You did an awsome job to shot it in action.
    Takami,i know you are into martial arts a lot (especially iaido^^).I admire & respect the japanese philosophy about them.You must be proud to belong to this culture,deshou????^^

  4. Great action shot, Takami. I love your choice to go black and white with it. I too am still learning to apply the process. And how fascinating to learn a bit about the martial art of Kendo. I love and respect such physically and mentally demanding disciplines, where the masters have practiced for a lifetime and serve as such inspiring role models. I have the same respect for my senior yoga teachers, several of whom are in their 70’s and 80’s–and I can’t keep up with them. And how wonderful to hear that you had a happy reunion with your Kendo teacher. Have a happy day! :))

    • Thank you Jeannie! 🙂
      I am happy if you could enjoy this photo & if I could share something interesting with you. I am very fortunate to have a teacher who is a role model both in the training hall and Real Life (he’ll “walk the walk” so to speak). He truly is like a whirlwind – I can never keep up with him 😀

      I find yoga very fascinating (did you know? it’s quite popular here), and it’s great to know you have inspiring teachers. What I’ve noticed is that those who are truly ‘masters’ of their art/craft/photography are often the most humble and personable.

    • Many thanks for your comment Earl!
      I am really enjoying the experimental/learning process with B&W.

      This was a very interesting and fun event. My Kendo teacher (who’s 85 years young) came all the way from Shikoku (southwest Japan) to compete, and it was a happy reunion 🙂 Now I’m feeling homesick… 😦

        • One of the great things about Kendo is that you can practice it for a lifetime. I’ve only been practicing for 16 years, which is nothing compared to most of the fightin’ grandpas who competed this day. My teacher has been practicing for 50+ years, and still teaches the little kiddies at the local dojo 😀

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