The local Japanese consulate is holding a photo contest. We meant to enter last year and never got around to it but this year, I’m determined!
Going back over the photos I was thinking about entering last year took a fun twist when I started playing with contrast. I love how deep colors appear along with big distinctions between the solid black lines and the rest of the photos.
I loved pushing the contrast to the end until the metal structures disappeared into black lines with pops of color while the early cherry blossoms at the top became little, pink flashlights.
We discovered this outdoor art installation or sculpture? during a wander through Kyoto in late winter.
We found this wild building down a back street that we took on a whim, again in Kyoto.
As for the power lines, I’ve heard some say that they make streets in Japan ugly but I love them. There is something comforting about the crazy tangle of wires. I have no idea what the term would be but the effect in this photo is fantastic to my eyes.
The warm colors are like a hug in this photo from a Kyoto shrine. Pushing the contrast also brings out the lettering on the sake casks in the background.
What do you think? Do you prefer to keep photos “clean” and as close to what you saw or go wild?