Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds V

More from a now no longer recent train riding day trip into the Chichibu highlands / interior. These four from Nagatoro Station and surrounds.

_DSF4853 _DSF4855 _DSF4857 _DSF4863 All X100s in Advanced Filter Toy Mode, via Capture One Pro and Lightroom (but minimal – like just a little exposure and contrast)

 

Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds IV (warning – contains photo of peeing)

From a now no longer recent train riding day trip into the Chichibu highlands / interior. Nagatoro Station and surrounds.

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_DSF4852 All X100s in Advanced Filter Toy Mode, via Capture One Pro and Lightroom (but minimal – like just a little exposure and contrast)

Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds III

From a semi-recent day trip to Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.

Nagatoro Station and surrounds.

_DSF4835 _DSF4837 _DSF4845 _DSF4851X100s. All are pretty much chronological and shot with Toy Camera Advanced Filter Mode & with kinda minimal post (exposure, levels, & maybe some shadow enhancement in Capture One and saved as TIF, and then similar or just hitting “Auto” in the Basic panel in Lightroom – which actually adds up to a lot in terms of the final impact).

Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds II

From a semi-recent day trip to Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.

Nagatoro Station.

_DSF4828 _DSF4830 _DSF4831 _DSF4832-2 X100s. All are pretty much chronological and shot with Toy Camera Advanced Filter Mode & with kinda minimal post (exposure, levels, & maybe some shadow enhancement in Capture One and saved as TIF, and then similar or just hitting “Auto” in the Basic panel in Lightroom – which actually adds up to a lot in terms of the final impact).

Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds

On the Chichibu line yesterday, into the wilds. Decided quite early that I was getting better results with square format. Also, while I understand all the criticisms of faux toy camera modes and recognise their intuitive validity,* I still find I really like the way Fujifilm does it, so decided to use that too. These and all that follow are pretty much chronological & with minimal post (kinda – deliberate exposure, levels, & maybe some shadow enhancement in Capture One and saved as TIF, and then similar or just hitting “Auto” in the Basic panel in Lightroom – which actually adds up to a lot in terms of the final impact).

_DSF4820 _DSF4821 _DSF4823 _DSF4826

* i.e. like many things that seem to make sense on the face of it, I don’t really think they are valid on examination

Trains – or, the Densha Otaku in us all

Trains are very important in Japan, no doubt about that. I suspect the ‘as arteries are to our bodies, so trains are to Japan blah blah blah’ analogy has been made to death.

There’s a word and concept in Japan: otaku. It’s hard to define briefly, but it is often translated as ‘geek’ or ‘nerd.’ It’s more difficult and nuanced than that though; it carries the notion of excessive / obsessive fixation upon a hobby, pastime or interest and also the connotation of being removed from reality and / or social norms to some greater or lesser degree (picture from slight social awkwardness and a tiny dislocation with what’s going on around you to, well, sky’s the limit really). The term is often used pejoratively. Anyway, there are all sorts of subclassifications, for example (& relevant to this kind of blog – snort), camera otaku. One sizeable group are the densha otaku. Densha means train,* and one way that densha otaku-ism manifests itself is in the legions of people whose hobby is to take photos of trains as they pass by or, especially, as they pull into stations. I don’t know really, I guess it’s a form of collecting.

Anyway, I went on a steam train outing last weekend…**

_DSF3414 _DSF3430 _DSF3459 _DSF3455_DSF3473 _DSF3568 _DSF3576  All Fujifilm X100s, Toy Camera Advanced Filter – minimal if any post

Typed with a little help from, quiet deliberately, this guy.

* well, EMU really – now who’s the geek?!?

** and the astute observer will notice, mid series, where I missed the steam train departing from one rest stop and had to play catch up for a while on a regular train