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fast fuji fotos

It's in the rules.

If you're on a bullet train travelling to or from Tokyo, you have to get a photo of Fuji-san as you hurtle past it.

But getting a good photo is the tricky part.

There are a number of obstacles to getting a good picture. There are no obstacles to getting a crap one, apart from all the obstacles that get in the way.

Being on a high speed train means that you either have to use a shutter speed faster than the speed of the train, or you have to run through the carriage very quickly in the opposite direction to which the train is going, in order to lessen the effect of the speed of the train as you take the shot.

This is what happens when you don't run through the carriage.
Score: 2/10

If this photo is later cropped, the emissions from the factory chimneys could be passed off as fluffy cotton-wool cloud.

There's no way that these emissions could be passed off as cotton-wool cloud.
Score: 1/10

Pylons often get in the way......

Pylon problems
Score: 3/10

And it's not just pylons. Sometimes poles can appear out of nowhere too....

A pole in front of Fuji-san.
Score: 2/10

Here, Fuji-san's looking good but the chimney in front of it somewhat detracts from its beauty.

Serious photoshopping required.
Score: 2/10

If they hadn't built a highway there, this would be an outstanding photograph.

An almost stunning photo.
Score: 0/10

The best thing to do is to frame the shot within something; create a natural border to draw the eye in.....

Fuji-san naturally bordered by industry.
Score: 1/10
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On Saturday, 16 May, 2009, Blogger Sarah said:

A whole new set of views of Mt Fuji - they'd sure make a different set of prints!  

On Saturday, 16 May, 2009, Blogger Baron's Life said:

Good job on this one...we get to see a different angle of Fuji-san
Domo Arigato  

On Sunday, 17 May, 2009, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

What is Lech doing in Japan?  

On Sunday, 17 May, 2009, Blogger Beerhound said:

I felt compelled to offer my own work for your consideration. Despite being mightily impressed by your efforts, I feel quietly confident that I have, in fact, captured the worst photograph of Mt Fuji in human history. Can anyone do better? (I mean...worse!)  

On Sunday, 17 May, 2009, Anonymous Cara said:

Haha :D  

On Sunday, 17 May, 2009, Anonymous RMilner said:

Have you stopped doing your blog, Beerhound?

I hadn't seen it before I went there to see your Fuji-san picture.

Good stuff, I thought.  

On Monday, 18 May, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

I know what you mean about those poles. Seem to be everywhere. Just from my window I can see at least 5, none of them looking that uplifting. Those crazy Japanese...  

On Monday, 18 May, 2009, Blogger supreme nothing said:

That gave me a good laugh! I actually think the last photo is pretty neat.

The problem with Lech Walesa is that he does that on purpose. Sure, he received a peace prize and is a popular leader, but he loves to ruin photos. What's his problem? :)  

On Monday, 18 May, 2009, Blogger lina said:


You don't see these photos on picture postcards. :D  

On Wednesday, 24 June, 2009, Anonymous Kristin said:

Is it too fast to pan your pictures?  

On Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, Blogger RichChestmat said:

I'm new here so I'll bet I'm not getting the joke. I had no problems getting a few very nice shots with my cheapish 10MP Samsung earlier this year.


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