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PILGRIM ON A FOREST ROAD -- Into the Mist of Old Japan | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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PILGRIM ON A FOREST ROAD -- Into the Mist of Old Japan

This is one of a series of FOUR PHOTOS taken by Enami only minutes apart along the same trail in the misty mountains of old Japan.

 

Enami published a mini-series of four different consecutive views with this title, all showing the same guy at different points along this misty trail. They are ENAMI 3-D CATALOG numbers S 896 through S 899.

 

Three of the four images in this series can be seen HERE : ♥ www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22Traveler+in+the+Morning+Fog%2...

 

Follow the links given in the in-photo notes, and you will experience a bit of the movement and thoughts going on in Enami's head as he considers which way to artistically compose each shot.

 

 

I have posted two others as Enami's own lantern-slide conversions, but have yet to find the fourth and final view. See them HERE :

 

One of the three posted images is a STEROVIEW, the beauty of which is further enhanced by the depth of the scene, preserved by the twin lenses of the stereo camera.

 

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The above images was in a box of old T. ENAMI lantern-slides that were on a top shelf in my bedroom

 

GETTING IT FROM THE BOX TO FLICKr : I put it on a piece of cheap plastic with a fluorescent light behind it, then I shot it with a hand-held LUMIX digital camera. The "auto white balance" committed suicide, and left me with this color --- even the AUTO COLOR CORRECTION button of PICASA decided to leave it this way.

 

I'm sure Enami would have approved ! (???)

 

The BIG TREE to the right of the man is the same one seen just down the trail in a "BLUE" VARIANT VERSION -- probably taken only a few minutes prior to the above "YELLOW" variant :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2351811408/

 

So, what do you prefer.... the Blue Mist...or this "arty" Yellow Mist?

 

After over 24,000 views, the above "Yellow Version" gets the votes of most flickr members, leaving its blue-variant "sister version" in the dust --- er, the MIST --- with only 15,000+ views !!!

 

Strangely, the lesser-viewed "Blue Version" is in more flickr Galleries.

 

CHECK OUT THIS FINE CONVERSION INTO A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/phatpuppycreations/4636153636/

 

 

If you like these kind of shots, you can see more of them in my flickr SET of "MIST, HAZE, and FOG in OLD JAPAN".

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157604389437626/

 

 

Photographed ca.1898-1908 by T. ENAMI, Japan's Meiji-era Master of the small-format image. The particular slide above was printed later in Enami's studio, ca.1925-30 from the earlier image. www.t-enami.org/

 

 

THE MOTHER LOAD OF T. ENAMI IMAGES IS FOUND HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

 

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/

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Uploaded on April 5, 2008