Camping with Anthony, Day 2: Sunset with New Friends
Exploring With New Friends On the rocks off Kotobikihama beach, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Exploring With New Friends
On the rocks off Kotobikihama beach, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

I ended my previous post about day 2 of camping with Anthony with the story that we'd returned from dinner in time for the sunset.

When we got out of the car at the campsite, Anthony was playing with a superhero toy of some sort that he got at the store. (Because camping is special, “we” decided that he can get a small $2 or $3 toy each day that we happen to go to a store while camping.)

A boy about his age was walking by with his mom, and made a comment about the toy. It turns out that this was all the invitation that Anthony needed to strike up a conversation and friendship. This family (with four kids and a dog) were the only others at the campground for most of the day, so I'd spent much of the day trying to get Anthony interested in playing with the two boys that were about his age, but he was shy and showed shockingly little interest, even when one emerged from the surf with a grotesque pulsing squishy sea cucumber (something that looks like a snail without a shell, but one the size of a large sweet potato).

So, finally they started talking. The mom kindly offered to take Anthony down to the beach while I put stuff away in our tent, and I used the opportunity to grab my camera as well....

Anthony, New Friend, Friend's Mom, and Friend's Dog (from the campground parking lot, Kotobikihama beach) -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony, New Friend, Friend's Mom, and Friend's Dog
(from the campground parking lot, Kotobikihama beach)
Sunset Doesn't Look Too Promising It was much more hazy than during yesterday's sunset -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 50 mm — 1/320 sec, f/13, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sunset Doesn't Look Too Promising
It was much more hazy than during yesterday's sunset
Fast Friends -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/350 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fast Friends

The ability to make friends is a great thing about kids that adults would do well to mimic. Anthony tends to be shy until something breaks the ice, but then he's quick to make new friends.

The boy next to Anthony in the shot above is Fuuta-kun, who is about the same age as Anthony. His older brother, Hinata-kun is about a year older, and the little girl (along with her twin brother who was back at camp with his daddy) is a week shy of turning three years old.

Anthony and the two boys were inseparable for the rest of the day, and much of the next.

Exploring ( poking is an important scientific investigative technique ) -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Exploring
( poking is an important scientific investigative technique )
Prospects are Looking Up for a photogenic sunset -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Prospects are Looking Up
for a photogenic sunset

It was about this time that I snapped the picture of the something-fishy bird I posted last week.

Looking For Things to Poke -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking For Things to Poke
Wide Angle eight minutes before sunset -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Wide Angle
eight minutes before sunset
Zooming Up Isolates The Color and add some clouds, and you've got the makings for an okay picture -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200 mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Zooming Up Isolates The Color
and add some clouds, and you've got the makings for an okay picture

Sunsets and sunrises are cliché, of course, but I still like them, and have already posted pictures of them twice in this camping story (here and here), and plenty of posts in the past:

Of course, the kids couldn't care less, especially when there are things to poke...

Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

As far as I could tell, there wasn't the least bit of tide here, so the only time the many pot-shaped holes in the rocks got water was when it rained or a storm blew waves into them. The stagnant, brackish mix of fresh and sea water made for interesting ecosystems with all kinds of creatures.

The kids' favorite were large coral-like polyps (flower-like animals, one to several inches across, with long tentacles all around the edges) that tried to grab whatever touched their tentacles, then completely retracted into the rock when they found it was only a kid on a stick.

(I wanted to take pictures of them, but lacking a polarizing filter, got mostly reflections)

Anyway, sunset was fast approaching, so I tried several things to snazz up the shot...

Sunset with Boat -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 150 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Sunset with Boat
Sunset With Foreground Rocks -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200 mm — 1/180 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sunset With Foreground Rocks
Sun On The Horizon -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 170 mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sun On The Horizon

Meanwhile, the kids continued in their quest to poke. The color reflected wonderfully in the water, but it proved too elusive to capture...

Post-Sunset Poking -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Post-Sunset Poking
Birds Returning Home -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Birds Returning Home
Poking In The Encroaching Dusk -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Poking In The Encroaching Dusk

I was trying to get an exposure that allowed one to see the kids in the ever-increasing contrast of dusk, but I eventually gave up and embraced the contrast for the silhouettes they allowed...

The Tamai Family Enjoying Dusk ( at least those members not otherwise engaged in poking things ) -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
The Tamai Family Enjoying Dusk
( at least those members not otherwise engaged in poking things )

Continued here...


All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Love the first shot. You know, if Toys R Us just had aisle after aisle of sticks on the shelf, and a dirt floor, it would still be just as popular with little boys.

— comment by Marcina on May 13th, 2008 at 10:36pm JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I also like taking the sky shot(is this English right?),and I like every color of sky.I was really impressed with your every shots you have taken. I sighed and sighed. Beautiful…
How about the moon shot? Do you have a lot? I love the moon…..too.

— comment by Chiharu Tamai on May 13th, 2008 at 10:58pm JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

You have always been good with Sunrise/Sunset photos. You should post that wonderful Bahama Sunrise you took as a teenager.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on May 14th, 2008 at 12:55am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I hope there is some way that the mother of that nice family has access to your blog or that they have copies of these pictures. They would surely all treasure them for a lifetime.

Yup, she actually left the first comment on my first camping post. I’ve also exchanged email with her (they don’t live that far away – less than an hour – so maybe we’ll get the kids together again for play). I’ve been shocked at how good her English is (in her comments, and emails), because we didn’t really use any while chatting on the beach. It’s certainly better than my written Japanese! —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl on May 14th, 2008 at 1:11am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

“flower-like animals, one to several inches across, with long tentacles all around the edges”

Sounds like a sea anenome.

It’s my understanding from having done extensive research on this subject (that is, I watched Finding Nemo) that sea anenome sting, and have tentacles all over, not just around the rim. But yeah, my first thought on seeing them was that they were anenome and that they shouldn’t be touched, but it turns out that you could just stick your finger in and they’d grab on…. —Jeffrey

I like the first sunset picture (“doesn’t look too promising”) because it’s very different from the usual wacky color sunset pictures that everyone tales.

— comment by Andrew S on May 16th, 2008 at 3:01am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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