暑中お見舞い申し上げます midsummer greetings

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71 thoughts on “暑中お見舞い申し上げます midsummer greetings

    • Thank *you* dear Amy, for your generous compliment ❤ ❤ I'm sure you would understand: this moment, I believe it was a special "gift" that the Kingfisher gave me… 🙂 This particular fellow, I have loyally followed for almost 2 years, and did my best to not "overstep" boundaries and not put any stress on him – just be thankful for any moment that happens naturally. And I was very blessed on this day 😀

  1. These are some amazing clicks of birds and wildlife on your blog. Great timing. I’ve tried capturing birds in the past. Like you said in a previous comment, there’s a lot of technical things to know but as you said it’s also about observing and guessing. Sometimes you just need to be in the right place, right time, and click at the right time 🙂

    With this shot you captured ‘flight’ so well. As the bird is flying, water splashes about everywhere…just like in life, when we try to start something new, it might not always be that clean cut, straightforward and can even be challenging…but a very beautiful experience nonetheless.

    • Thank you Mabel! Really appreciate your stopping by, and for such a lovely and thoughtful comment. I agree with everything you wrote, especially on life not being clean cut. Hope you will stop by again!

      Best wishes,
      Takami

    • Thank you dear Melinda. I appreciate your kind words and that you enjoy looking at my photos. It motivates me to keep up with this photo blog. Wishing you a great weekend ahead.
      Kind wishes,
      Takami

        • I personally think of photography as a form of art. Even “realistic” and “natural” subjects go through some form of post-processing as the photographer has his/her view of that moment in time. Therefore, I like to think of photography as art 🙂

          • I’m with you 100%. I’ve come to the opinion if someone thinks something is art, it is to them. I’m trying to broaden peoples idea of what art is. The site is new and not impressive yet but off to a start. You may want to take a look, http://fortheloveofart.blog
            I have three blogs and have really neglected this site and it’s my true passion. Depression can do that to peoples thoughts. I would like to keep in touch with you and when I hit a good week, maybe you will let me interview you about art. 🙂

          • Thank you for the link! The site is wonderful, and it’s very generous of you to share really great artwork and interviews. Yes, please keep in touch! I’m surprised and honoured that maybe you’ll consider to “interview” me 😀

            Please take care, and best wishes always from Japan,
            Takami

          • I appreciate your feedback greatly. My goal for the site was keep the theme simple let the art and interviews the subject. I find interviews can add so much value. I have two world class museums here in the DFW area. I’m not quite well enough to drive which is disappointing, introducing people to art in my area was an objective. We keep moving forward until we can accomplish goal.
            How do you say your name? What looks simple can be difficult sometimes. My name is Melinda in USA. Let’s spend some time chatting so I can know you better, it helps make better interviews. I think everyone has something important to say.

    • Thank you Josh! 😀
      To answer your question: a LOT of trial and error! Obviously there are the technical aspects such as tinkering with shutter speeds and ISO (etc….yawn :)) But the other part is simply observing the bird and trying to “guess” exactly where the kingfisher will dive into and where he/she will make his triumphant exit! As I’m sure you’ve already experienced through your research, when you patiently observe an animal/bird for some time, you can start to see patterns in their movements. Of course, there is also the “unknown factor” which makes it that much more fun 🙂

      • Ah yes, observing nature is the fun part! It turns photography into an excuse to spend many hours outside 😉

        But I’m actually most curious about the boring technical aspects of photography, because I don’t know much about them. I believe that if one wants to take a clear picture of a fast-moving subject, then they should select a fast shutter speed? Does that also mean they’d want a high ISO?

        • Generally speaking (and I am *no* technical expert (disclaimer!)), when I select a faster shutter speed I also adjust to a higher ISO. And of course trying to capture clear/sharp images of fast-moving subjects (such as birds, or sports athletes) would require a high shutter speed.

          I often change my camera setting many times during a photo session to accompany the changes in light, environment and the image I want to portray. But before I became comfortable enough to “play around” with settings, I would use the “pre-set” options that came with the camera (such as landscape, portrait, sports, etc…) and did my best to understand the difference of each. Once you become comfortable with the pre-set settings, then you’ll naturally start to experiment with your own formula — at your natural time.

          I also made it my business to keep my camera’s user manual close to my side and re-read it many times 😀

  2. 暑中お見舞い申し上げます(^^♪
    いつもながら素晴らしい一瞬のショットですね(^_-)-☆

    • wakasahs15thさま
      暑中お見舞い申し上げます。
      毎日暑いですね(><)お互い夏バテならないようにしましょう(*^^*)
      いつもありがとうございます🙏❤️

    • Thank you, Mr. Hien! It’s a huge compliment to hear you enjoyed the photo in the larger size 😀 (I always dream of having an exhibition with my photos displayed in a larger size, printed on real quality photo-paper. Ahhh, a girl can dream!!)

    • Nasukoさま
      暑中お見舞い申し上げます。
      ほんっとに、暑いですね(><)
      これから先も当分猛暑が続くようです。
      お体ご自愛くださいませ❤️

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