Category: Connection

Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021


Honored News!!!

One of the biggest photo / movie contest for action sports “Red Bull Illume
The latest one is in 2021 since the last one in 2019. It was normally held every 3 years time before.

All those images which showed in its website are fabulous images and influenced a lot
They all have strong character and amaze talent
Among those sort of works……
This time……

One of mine was selected as a semi-finalist!!!

Category is “Lifestyle by COOPH

No hard effort to consider for ideas
No time limit to go that interesting location
I didn’t ask any posing to them
It was a moment of “Just a Part of Our Day” during winter

Actually, we don’t Onsen soaking like this at the middle of snowy mountain everyday
It was just a Drop-In on the way to the main terrain for shooting due to weather condition

It’s hornored to share feeling of our winter life atmosphere with its Judges and valued our it
This Photo is 99.99% no decoration, it’s pretty much us like we are as usual
Please check its detail when you have time ⇩⇩⇩

I love to take photos like this capturing atmosphere, though…
Still I prefer to be evaluated action shots which is the first purpose
So, I keep going with more effort to enjoy my time

Winter 21-22 is almost there now!!!
🙂

Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021


嬉しいお知らせ!!!

3年毎に行われているアクションスポーツ系の写真コンテスト『Red Bull Illume
今回は2019年に続いて、2年間隔の開催でした

毎回、選ばれた作品たちを見るのが楽しみだし刺激を受けまくり
様々なところで撮影されたセンスの塊の写真たちに見惚れるばかりです
そんな中……
今回は……

セミファイナリストに残れました〜!!!

カテゴリーは『ライフスタイル by COOPH

この写真のために特別な知恵を絞ったわけでもなく
特別な場所へ限られた時間で行ったわけでもなく
何度もポージングしてもらったわけでもなく
自分たちにとっては「とある日」な瞬間を切り取った作品です

真冬の山の中で、天然温泉でいつも足湯しているわけではないですけどもね
当日の色々な自然的要因に合わせて寄り道することになったこの場所

雪山シーズンの、自分たちの普通な雰囲気が審査員の感覚に入り込めたことは嬉しいです
99.99%飾り気なしの自分たちの活動の一コマ
よかったら詳細も見てみてください⇩⇩⇩

こういう雰囲気を伝えられる写真を撮ることは好きではありますが
やっぱりアクションの写真を評価されたいと思うのが本心です
なので、より一層の楽しむ努力を惜しまないように活動し続けていきます

もうすぐ21-22シーズンも始まりますね
🙂

“Koyaike Hütte – a hut in Myoko”

Already it has been 1 month since I went to this trip😅
Yellow Leaves Sightseeing around Mt Myoko in 2020

I planned Loop route from Seki Onsen to Tsubame Onsen this time
It feels more fun to go through routes for first time!


“Resting time at stable ground at Chair Life facility”


Lake Nojiriで which is known by Palaeoloxodon naumanni down there”


Yatsugatake faraway, where I want to do traverse in near future”

Walking Track is filled with greens and crossing branches
Ridge area is narrow enough to be slipped down by bamboo grass
Found and followed the same guy’s step on most of the way……


“Tons of Dragonflies frlying around above us”
They are friendly guys, do not come to us like mosquito or horsefly😁

Keep going with quite deep forest therapy for a few hours,,, then
Arriving at an intersection locates beside Kurosawaike Hütte
Sigh with relief when I arrive at familiar scenery

Another short walk to get to Koyaike Hütte to set up tent for a night!

They have serious problem since they install flush toilet with its building expanding construction
Detail from the URL below, in Japanese only, though😕

 

http://chng.it/Tm86WWXPNq (click and jump to its website)

 

No need to discuss is being nice and kind to save this mother nature
Basic doubt is, this place locates at least 3-4 hours walk from civilization
Then who really demand to have comfort of flush toilet here???
Conversely, someone who feel dissatisfied with it come over here……

 

These days, I find the Level of Comfort is too high for necessity to balance wel
Perhaps, I stay at strange side to recognize what is better or not😑


Koya Pond, Koyaike Hütte and its tent field”


“Look at Mt Myoko from nearby Koya Pond”

Is it becase looking down most of the time on the way up
Or face get closer to the slope
Plants come in my sight and make me fun more often than flat place


“Is this mashroom ready to open? | I find this flower often but don’t know the name”

The forecast was correct for higher area, great sea of clouds there
For selfish expectation, I also wanted to see the other landscape😓


“From South Peak to North Peak at Mt Myoko and White Beauty behind”


“Double Waterfalls | The Source of Akakura Onsen”

My happy plan continues to next autumn, expecting the colors!
I got nice info from chatting with a Souvenir Shop old man at Tsubame Onsen
Walking through older track sounds very interesting and in my list now😁

“Short Traverse at Hakuba”

At the end of this summer, there were lots more rainy days than usual years
Often I followed website of weather forecast for a while
Then I found fine weather for 2.5 days
And headed to ridge traverse at Hakuba

As my typical scheduling, it builds like dreaming in my brain
Then it comes out suddenly on my real calendar
Not much process to make well-researching plan……
And so, I had to adjust a lot to make it happen before a few hours I leave home
2 nights 3 days changed to 1 night 2 days, also the direction for walking changed to “L to R” from “R to L”

My adjustment ability level get higher now??

雲
< Cloud float comfortably in blue sky >

This ridge continues above 2000m almost all the way
There were still some summer temperature remain at down the hill, but up here was surrounded by natural cooling air which make us feel luxury

雷鳥
< Raicho-Ptarmigan appears by themself >

My main purpose of this trip was staying in bivouac-tent, not normal well-organized tent
I had used bivouac-tent once, just wrapped myself to keep warm for ski shooting
I’ve never open it at a neighbor park nor tried to test it before…
Still, I researched HOW TO use it on internet, for 10 minutes

As a result, I had well sleep and didin’t have any major problems

By the way, my company Mr T immediately chose comfort and booked moutain hut for that night

朝焼け雲海
< Beauty of Nature, sea of clouds before sunrise >

It must be lovely sky with full of stars at that night!!!
remember this experience and use it well for next time
***Nothing serious topic for it***

2nd day, another beautiful ridge walk continued in clear air

剱岳をバックに稜線歩き
< Tsurugidake >

Fine weather leads magnifique view!!!
It’s very interesting scene to see from above that cloud was separated to east and west by Hakuba mountain range

南西方面のパノラマビュー
< Panoramic >

Once we reach to a summit, there is another peak appears over there
Also we will be able to find a check-point for this trip farther area
Very interest feeling

鑓ヶ岳からの杓子岳、白馬岳
< Hakubadake, Shakushidake and my Company Mr T >

Sometime we passed by runners
Weird feeling between us, because their gears are totally different at up higher on the mountain
Looks pretty nice but it’s not my style yet

トレイルランナー
< Trail Runner >

Hakuba Daisekkei, a way from Hakubadake to Sarukura area
Right after we walked down there, it was closed due to danger of snow bridge collapse
Because of many heavy rainy days during summer……

大雪渓
< Natural Bridge of Shaped Snow >

This plan was completely changed from my original dreaming-like plan
Though, I learned how it could be and it will be shaped much better for next chance
Don’t be fool in mountain or mother nature!!!
***We didin’t have any trouble from this trip, though***

Just let me show what kind of gearspicked for this trip up

gear
< More than enough space to feel relax for packing with 70L >

~~ PS for my gears ~~
• Backpack : /Sukha (f-stop), 70L
Trusted by lots of outdoor cameramen
Aluminum frame support well to bring heavier weight, and makes feels comfy
Enough functional pockets to put everything in order

• Camera Bag : Navin (f-stop)
I put this bag in front of chest which is quite basic option for f-stop design
And so I can reach camera easy and quickly, also it protect camera well

• Sunglasses : FBL 043-33 (Fullon Eyewear)
Brilliant performance with its price and many designs to choose from
Very kind product for eyes and wallet

• Poles : Scepter 4S Poles (bca)
It become very compact when it folds to carry
Its grip has unique shape which works great for many type of walking

• and others…

“Shocking News”

Announced by King-like Ski magazine, “POWDER Magazine”
They decided to pause their operations after end of this November
By my English, it’s not completely finished and they possibly come back in future
I really wish so
Detail in English is here

Since I start taking photos of Skiers, one of major purpose is to be published on this POWDER Magazine which is well-know in the world
After couple of random published, still it keeps me motivate to get more chance often

I started to be impressed by its contents when I was a snowboarder
I got lots of great inspirations after I become a photographer on telemark-ski
It’s so sad occurence

 

As personally
I’m not good to read writing, so that it’s more fun to read it on paper by my own pace
As a photographer…
I can find more feeling from photos in paper media which gives me gazing-relaxed time
Probably because I’m an analog sense man…… 😉

 

There are lots of complicate questions without clear answer in my mind

Like, what is the progress of civilization……

“STEEP”

New website about has been launched a few days ago
Elite editors who create ski magazine “BRAVOSKI, FallLine, FREESKIING” is running this media
Deeper and Richer informations will be there

STEEP

Its volume is beyond compare with paper magazine
It will be full of contents from major one to niche stuff 🙂
Personally, I prefer to have paper magazine to gaze well
Still, it’s interested in check new stuff by phone quickly in extra minutes
New era style, isn’t it? 😉


“Top page design for their launching issue”

Photo Gallery is prepared for its first issue
Fortunately, they gave me a chance to be a part of 1/10!!!
All photographers wrote story for each photos like below
※※ Here is 5 of mine 🙂

Please take a time to check the website, STEEP!
Though, it’s only in Japanes… 😉

This is the same-smae sentence every year.., still hot and humid days continue for a while
Let’s dream cooler feeling and stay safe then live in positive mode 😉

== 2020.07.04 ==

気温が夏っぽくなって来始めた頃のこと
江本悠滋に連れられての白馬岳からの空中散歩
天気にもまれたサイコーな十数分
自然をよく知る彼の洞察力
国際山岳ガイドは伊達じゃない
自然環境での楽しみを多くの人と共有したいと思う彼
柔軟な考えができる人間は面白いですね 😉

It was the very end of spring time
My friend, Yuji Emoto took me to Float-Walking from Hakubadake
About 20 mins amazing time with fine weather
He is the guy of insight, especially mother nature
IFMGA skills are trustfworthy, as he does
He is a person who wants to share the precious time in nature with as much people as he can
Like him, adaptable mind guys are so interested as human 😉

『Fullon Eyewear – サングラス』

梅雨入りしましたね
南の方は梅雨明けしたのかな

日差しのしいもすぐそこにきています!
そこで大活躍する道具、サングラス

コスパ最強Fullon Eyewearをチェックして見ましょう 😉
今回は、沢山選べるレンズカラーの紹介です
全色ではないですが、参考にどうぞ

*実際に見える感じに個人差はあると思います

 

色々なモデルがあるので、シーンによって使い分けたいですね

まずは裸眼で……

「ブルーミラー」
外面は青色のミラーコーティング

「ブラウン」
外から目がうっすらと見える程度の濃さ

「ゴールド」
外面はミラー加工がされているようにも見えます
視界は薄く青がかって見えますね

「ゴールドミラー」
外面は上記の「ゴールド」と似た感じです
視界は青さが濃くなって見える感じでしょうか

「グリーンミラー」
視界はだいぶピンクがかって見える印象
少し時間が経つと目に馴染んで自然な色に見えてくる感じです

「レボミラー」
外面はイエロー×オレンジっぽい感じ

「シルバーミラー」
ミラーレンズとしては一番シンプルな?想像しやすい色合いです
視界はグレーがかって暗めに見える程度です

「スモーク」
外からは目が見えるか見えないか、といった色の濃さ

「ライトブルー」
こちらはミラー加工ナシで、レンズの色深さは薄いです
外からは目はよく見えます

もっと色々と見てみたくなったら下をクリック
モデルによっては偏光UVカット調光のレンズがあります
デジタルカタログ

 

“Fullon Eyewear”

Rainy season arrived at most of area in Japan

Summer sun is ready for glaring down on us very soon!
So now, why don’t we check Sunglasses to protect our eyes, also for your fashion?

I introduce a brand here, Fullon Eyewear with its marvelous cost performance 😉
This time, I want to show those lots of lens color variation
These are NOT all of them, though

*Note: it depends on who you are, how you see the colors…

 

Lots of models to choose when, where, what with,,

This is Naked eye sight……

“Blue Mirror”
Coated with blue-mirror

“Brown”
You can see your eyes slightly from outside

“Gold”
I can see its surface coated like mirror
Looks a little bit blue-ish in my eyes

“Gold Mirror”
Very similar as “Gold” at lens surface
I feel deeper / darker blue

“Green Mirror”
Looks quite pink in my eyes but it get used, adjust to natural color soon

“Revo Mirror”
Surface color is like Yellow+Orange

“Silver Mirror”
I guess this color is very simple and easy to image?
Sight just get darker

“Smoke”
Lends is just enough colored to hide your eyes

“Light Blue”
Not mirror coated lends and color is very light
You can see your eyes very well from outside

If you wnat to see more models, please click the letter below!
Depends on models, but you can find lens from Polarized, Uv Cut or Photochromic
Fullon – Digital Catalog

 

” f-stop Gear”

f-stop, a brand that specializes in storing ~ carrying Camera Gears
Mine was under ultraviolet, humidity, weight, centrifugal force, and so on for 4 years
I go shooting for outdoor activities, so that I use it quite random sometime
Well, I have never get any major problems
Trastworth” is serious matter for us, for everyone
Though, all materials have Ageing issue which we normally can’t avoid
I believe that there is no gears which perfectly suit to everyone……
But here, this backpack is almost The One which I only need!
This spring while I have time at home.., changed my partner to new one but same model

I have few other products for different situations
Then I pick this one especially during winter-skiing shooting
Tilopa” from f-stop

Obviously I can see the faded colors
I also find suface fabrics are worn out when I put new and old together

Though, this Tilopa design is excellent since it created
But then I found there is new minor change……
It gets closer to my idealにwhich makes me stoked!
This kind of tiny update gives more extra chance to be calm in nature 😉

Like this amazing Outdoor style brand “f-stop” created New product!
Launched High Quality Mask with 3 layers construction
It should effect well to COVID-19, also good to have it for our future environment?
It gives more chances for my nicer life from Mountains to Town 🙂

Washable means much less impact to our mother nature, I think

Let’s check its detail out at their website 🙂