The snow came late last year, which allowed me access to the top of the mountain until way into December. Iwaki faces the sea of Japan along the Tsugaru coastline, none of which is visible on a day like this one. In the winter it gets hard snowfall from the East Asian Winter Monsoon, and pockets of this snowfall still remain deep into the summer when temperatures are touching the thirties.
I can't read what it says on the sign, but this image for me resembles a kind of grave in the middle of nowhere. It's not a grave though, but the environment really does look desolate and conducive to death.
Sharpening in ps, no cropping.
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PeterDF (421) 2005-07-14 19:45
This is a very interesting photo. It does having a feeling of deep cold...but beautiful at the same time. You know what is really quite pretty is the small bush in the foreground. I might have tried to focus more closely just on that bush, because I think it might have been a nice shot isolated by itself with the snowy background.
Drzoana (1122) 2005-07-17 18:24
All that snow up front is just to much IMHO. I think cropping would do this pic a lot of justice.
KellEy (1237) 2005-07-19 19:53
This is indeed a very sad photo.
Very well put together.
markogts (1130) 2005-07-20 13:39
Wow! I agree on the fact that it gives a feeling of loneliness and sadness.
Maybe some cropping would help. Finally, I've seen some noise on many photos of yours (look the gray clouds here, for example). A pass through Neat Image would help.
calimex (151) 2007-01-24 10:49
Hi Luke, I like the balance of elements that you have framed here: snow, cross/marker, bush, rocks. I get a good sense of context and place just by seeing how much is captured... Also, very moody. Thanks for posting!