Paper Airplanes in the Park

As I posted the other day, I met some friends in Osaka Castle Park with my camera in tow. The combined kids (ages 2, 6, 8, and 10) had no shortage of fun, including a brief spell with paper airplanes that started out innocently enough, but eventually turned dangerous.

Here, they start out making the planes....


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/3200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Kana-chan as Lead Builder

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Daddy Helps Out

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready for Launch

Kana-chan (10 years old, in blue) had also made an elaborate origami target. It's lying on the ground well in front of my camera position, and is what they're aiming at....

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400
— Launch —

However, Daddy #2 gets the bright idea to place the target on his head....


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sacrifice on the Alter of Children's Play

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Now With Added Purpose

I don't know where he got such a stupid idea (perhaps having been prompted to do so by the photographer?) but it unleashed in the children a touch of naughty, and they started going after human targets.


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
“You wouldn't dare....”
(this one's horribly out of focus, sorry)

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
“... because I have one too!”

It turns out that she did dare.

They eventually moved from small human targets to large. Here, Yoko narrowly misses being impaled with a green plane...


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Near Miss

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Photo

I was lucky to get that picture above, because soon after, the camera suffered some mysterious frontal-impact damage. I did notice some shreds of green paper among the twisted metal and shards of glass, which is perhaps some kind of clue? 🙂


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