Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

I’ve been living in my east-facing apartment for about 3 months now, and I’ve come to realise something a little depressing. It has happened about 3 or 4 times in the past couple of weeks, where I’ll be working on my computer in the kitchen or living room, and while taking a quick break I’ll open up Instagram on my iPhone. My eyes bulge as scroll down and see about 10 of my Instagram friends who also live in Tokyo posting pictures of an epic sunset which is happening right at that moment. So I drop everything and rush outside to check it out with my own eyes. How sad is it that I need technology to tell me what’s going on right outside my window! Other times, I’ve overheard people down on the street below actually exclaiming how pretty the sky is which has also given me the same reaction. Maybe I should start going for a run at 7pm just to make sure I don’t miss any more!

Brilliant sunsets tend to happen mostly in spring and autumn in Japan. Thankfully, there have been occasions in the past where I was in the right place at the right time. Watching the sky changing colours multiple times and seeing that last glow of sunlight is an experience unlike any other. It makes time slow down, it’s calming, it’s inspiring!

I chose 2 photos that show my interpretation of Vivid for this week’s Photo Challenge. The first was taken from an overpass near my home when I lived in Nagoya, and the second from my current workplace here in Tokyo.

Sunset

 

Sunset

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

  1. 美し夕焼け(ゆうやけ)をみると、「ゆうやけ こやけ」という童謡
    (どうよう)や ’Going Home’ の歌を おもいだします。
    夕方(ゆうがた)、今日一日の出来事を ふりかえりながら、
    家族のいるマイホームに かえれる人は しあわせです。
    一人暮らし(ひとりぐらし)でも、うつくしい夕焼け空をみると、 
    うちへかえる足取り(あしどり)が はずむでしょう。
    そして、人生の夕暮れ(ゆうぐれ)には、遠いかなたの うつくしい故郷
    (こきょう)に 帰りたくなるのでしょう。
    セリアさんは 故郷の広大な夕陽(ゆうひ)を おもいだしますか。

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    • 両方の歌をユーチューブで見てみました。とても感動する曲ですね。

      はい、郷里で不思議な夕焼けを見る度に急いでカメラを持って、道路に飛び出したことを思い出します。高校生の時に撮った夕焼けの写真を今も持っていると思います!

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    • Thanks! Yes, in both pictures it feels like the night is closing in quickly. Sunsets happen too fast! There was another stunning one tonight. Though I couldn’t get home to my camera in time, it’s not one I’ll be forgetting anytime soon!

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    • Yes! I think sunset photography is fun because you’re racing against the clock! You can take 5 photos within 20 minutes of each other and they’ll look completely different.

      There’s a building height restriction in this area, so we do get a nice view! Mt Fuji is visible on a clear day, too!

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