Here is the next installment of my Memories of Japan series: a peek at the sights of Takayama and the experience of staying in a ryokan! You can't miss it!
Following our stay in Hakone, we arrived eagerly arrived in Takayama. We stayed at the Ryokan Oyado Kot No Yume, a Japanese traditional hostel where you can enjoy tatami floors, thermal springs (onsen), gardens and sophisticated food with traditional dishes.
Just as we arrived, we were asked to take off our shoes and then we were offered some green tea. Then a kind guy asked us to follow him to what looked like a souvenir shop, and I thought “what a strange thing, doesn’t seem like normal Japanese behavior and I don’t want to buy anything!”, but he didn’t want to sell us anything! He just wanted asked us to chose a kimono for the traditional dinner we had booked.
We got to our beautiful Japanese room and… what a mess! I had no clue how to get into the kimono, so I was thankful a very kind lady came and help me.
My companion had no trouble whatsoever to get into his clothing though… he was a japanese hero.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner and went for a walk around town with our clothes. Very touristy, but I have to recognize it was a great night.
The next morning, we took a bath in the onsen and then we hired a couple bikes to go around the ryokan. It was amazing! We enjoyed seeing the typical houses, the narrow streets, the beautiful gardens and a few temples that conveyed a peace hard to find in large Japanese cities.
If you visit Japan, don’t hesitate to spend at least a night in a ryokan. There are a few that are really expensive, but you can also find some with more affordable prices and you will have a great time all the same. I would have liked more if the onsen in our ryokan were outdoors, but I still enjoyed the experience.
In the third installment of his travel series, lomographer Andrea Russo recalls their experiences during the sixth day of their stay in Iceland - seeing massive blue and white icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, petting Icelandic ponies, having a chance, up-close encounter with wild reindeer, and witnessing a breathtaking show of the aurora borealis.
I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on next.lomography.com won't be reflected on www.lomography.com and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.
You can't forget a live performance by The Hives. The Swedish rock band is currently on tour and made a pit stop in Japan a few months ago. Check out the interview along with some concert snaps after the jump.
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
Wedding season is here and the Petzval is getting ready to celebrate many happy moments. French photographer Maxime Dessesard didn't miss the opportunity to try it out at a wedding he was shooting. One might say that the real wedding was the one between Maxime's style and the Petzval's swirly bokeh. Read on to discover the wonderful and touching pictures and hear about the photographer's experience and the tips he dished out.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!
For a small island, I find that there's actually so much to see and do in Penang. If you do decide to visit this quaint state and its eponymous island in Malaysia, I bet you'll want to stay for at least a week, so I decided to do a number of day trip installments. If you're ready, let's get started!
Lomography is proud to be a sponsor of Fotofilmic '14, a global film photography publication and curation platform dedicated to emerging and unknown photographic talents attached to film worldwide. Come celebrate with us at the opening reception in Vancouver! In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the top winners of Fotofilmic '14!