桜, cherry blossoms, you know the drill

日本の桜どうですかと聞かれた。日本長いから、驚かないけど、さすがに綺麗ですね。ただ、どっか座って花見をするのがあまり好きではない。お酒に匂いで桜のいい香りが消えてしまうから。

I was asked “what do you think of cherry blossom in Japan?”.Truth is, when you live in Japan long enough, you may not be surprised anymore by the beauty of Sakura, but they don’t lose their beauty nonetheless. Only thing I don’t like that much is “Hanami” where people seat under the cherry trees. In theory it is the best thing ever. In reality, the alcohol takes over and the divine scent of the cherry flowers all but disappears… DSCF7492  DSCF7351 DSCF7349 DSCF7319

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Bali and the sea

I guess this picture is evidence that you can take landscape pictures with a 60mm aps-c macro lens. With my 14 mm, the fisherman in his boat was just a tiny dot, while here I was able to compose the image like I had envisioned it. Some post-processing in Aperture helped me get some impactful color from the RAW file. Now the thing with RAW file on the Fuji X-systems is that the noise reduction is not applied, which means at ISO 1600 like this picture some serious grain appears when displayed at 100% of its size. I actually played around with the JPEG and made some adjustments as well, and it wasn’t that bad either. But I preferred this particular version, so voila!DSCF9234