Photographer's Note

English subtitle: "The Burst of Spring"

Pardon the language barrier, but I just had to title it in Japanese, because I felt I wont have the same effect had I shot it here in Manila. (aside from the Philippines not having the spring season!)

I found this shot in one of my archives, as this was taken over a year ago when we last visited our relatives in Tokyo. An uncle lived in district called Hiro-o in Central Tokyo, which I think is a very beautiful area to reside - with its great mixture of modern and old, city life and nature, western and oriental...all within a few blocks of eachother. The only drawback is that Hiro-o is home to a number of foreign embassies, thus making the area ULTRA expensive!

In one of our walks, we discovered a huge park near my uncle's house called Arisugawa Ko-en. So the next day, with picnic basket in hand, and my new digital cam around my neck (plus I lugged along a classic underwater Nikonos camera which I was clueless on its usage!), my family and I went exploring. It was a vast area of greens, with a man-made pond and lots of trees. Very scenic and beautiful.

This picture was one of my first shot with my digital camera. I happened to look up at the sky when I saw this shot. I liked the way the sun pierced through the leaves defining the colors and the shadows, so I stretched and zoomed as close as possible to get more detail. Hope it does bring to mind spring for you...

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